'Salem's Lot

By Stephen King

'Salem's Lot - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 1990-04-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,861 Ratings


#1 BESTSELLER • Soon to be a new major motion picture Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. 

"A master storyteller." —The Los Angeles Times

When two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work. In fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.

With this, his second novel, Stephen King established himself as an indisputable master of American horror, able to transform the old conceits of the genre into something fresh and all the more frightening for taking place in a familiar, idyllic locale.


  • Slow-Burn Horror At its Best

    By Justin Maher
    I read this back when I was in my early teens, and the slow and gradual dread King creates in Salem’s Lot is just as impactful today for me as it was then. A must-read for any vampire fan.
  • Loved it!

    By Ffkkfsrhbb
    Great book!
  • So scary

    By Eileen lots
    Just finished rereading this book and if anything it was scarier then the first time! King at his chilling best!
  • A fascinating read!!

    By dilfhuntermadie
    Amazing book with such visible detail in the mind to put the story into perspective. Made chills go down my spine and worry creep in my mind.
  • Vampires

    By hwilsan
    The book was riveting. I couldn’t put it down. Stayed up into the wee hours of the morning. Had to turn my light on in my bedroom twice because I thought something or someone was standing over my bed! Ha! Of course there wasn’t anyone there. Great read! Love Stephen King’s way of storytelling.
  • Loved this book

    By Carri9898
    I haven’t read a book since I was in high school. I decided to get a library card and get back to reading and let me tell you I’m so happy I chose this book!! How it all comes together is amazing wished there was a second part to it because I would definitely read it as well!
  • Pulpy Vampire Fun

    By PatBrown64
    I read ‘Salem’s Lot while staying at a labyrinthian colonial house in New Hampshire for a wedding. I was crucified to King’s every word as I shivered through the prose. And, I kept asking myself, what was that large sideboard doing in the cellar of this ancient house in New Hampshire?
  • Salem’s Lot

    By KristiLynnKLD
    Stephen King’s best story. Leaves you wanting more!
  • Great read

    By Badger express
    Great story. Well done.
  • Bloated

    By jrcd555
    Eh… so many characters, and so much backstory. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as King’s other books.