Tuesday, April 19, 2011

'Salem's Lot

The reading of Stephen King continues.  This time we visit a small northeastern town that becomes infested with vampires.

The premise of the book is simple.  What would happen if a single vampire moved into a small town?  Who be the first infected?  How would the infection spread?  Who would recognize what was happening and choose to stand against it?

What is less simple about this novel is King's portrayal of the characters.  King does not shy away from showing us the touches of evil that lurk inside of all of us.  (Case in point- the mom who hits her baby, feels bad about it, but continues anyway.  They become a happy vampire family later.) 

Even the heroes of the story display their flaws and weaknesses in all their glory.  One even abandons ship and leaves town. 

I continue to be impressed by the "real people" that inhabit King's stories.

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