History YMMV / SalemsLot

12th Feb '17 1:39:22 PM ACW
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**[[TheRenfield Richard Throckett Straker]] is an antique salesman as well as [[BigBad Kurt Barlow's]] human [[TheDragon servant]] who brings him into the small town of Jerusalem's Lot. [[DiscOneFinalBoss During the first half of the novel]], he [[WouldHurtAChild murders a young boy]], Ralphie Glick, as a sacrifice to {{Satan}}, and abducts his brother, Danny, giving him to Barlow to be turned, an act which results in Danny infecting many people over the course of the novel. Within this time frame, Straker [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals kills Win Purinton's dog]], Doc, and hangs him on a fence, then buys every rose in town, [[ItsAllAboutMe all to protect himself from his master]], [[DirtyCoward while everyone else in town is left vulnerable]]. Later, when Mark Petrie goes to investigate Straker's place of residence, the Marsten House, he finds a scrapbook [[HumanResources bound in human flesh]] that has a picture of a naked man--likely Straker himself--holding the corpse of a child, implying that Ralphie was [[SerialKiller far from the first child he killed]]. Shortly afterwards, Straker catches Mark and ties him up and leaves him to be turned by Barlow.
**The aforementioned BigBad, [[FauxAffablyEvil Kurt Barlow]], is an [[Really700YearsOld ancient]], insidious vampire. His ultimate goal is to turn Jerusalem's Lot into a nest for vampires by [[ManipulativeBastard playing on the townspeople's desires and insecurities]] and [[DealWithTheDevil offering them a chance to achieve what they want, which always ends in him turning them]]. After losing control of his thirst and [[BadBoss killing a wounded Straker]], [[NeverMyFault blaming Mark for the incident]], he decides to KickTheDog multiple times. He turns Susan, forcing Ben to [[StakingTheLovedOne seek her out and kill her]], murders Mark's parents in front of him, and, after a standoff of faith with Father Callahan—which the priest lost—he forces him to drink some of his blood, [[FateWorseThanDeath barring him from holy ground for the rest of his life]]. One of his final acts in a last-ditch effort to stop Ben from staking him is to hypnotize Mark to kill the former, all the while threatening to [[GroinAttack castrate the latter]] before turning him. And, even after his final demise, [[TheBadGuyWins he still succeeded in his goal]], essentially dooming anyone who walks into the town of 'Salem's Lot.
9th Feb '17 6:45:38 PM Mdumas43073
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** The twist was evidently common knowledge already by the time the first paperback edition (with a [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_nPwQjaGsks/UV8aDNhqp1I/AAAAAAAAJdI/oEQiDuZeyAc/s1600/stephen+king+salem%27s+lot+signet+1976+pb.JPG picture of a vampire right on the cover]]) was published. Either that, or it was a ''serious'' SpoilerCover.

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** The twist This plot point was evidently common knowledge already by the time the first paperback edition (with a [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_nPwQjaGsks/UV8aDNhqp1I/AAAAAAAAJdI/oEQiDuZeyAc/s1600/stephen+king+salem%27s+lot+signet+1976+pb.JPG picture of a vampire right on the cover]]) was published. Either that, or it was a ''serious'' SpoilerCover.
9th Feb '17 6:39:53 PM Mdumas43073
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** The twist was evidently common knowledge by the time the first paperback edition (with a [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_nPwQjaGsks/UV8aDNhqp1I/AAAAAAAAJdI/oEQiDuZeyAc/s1600/stephen+king+salem%27s+lot+signet+1976+pb.JPG picture of a vampire right on the cover]]) was published.

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** The twist was evidently common knowledge already by the time the first paperback edition (with a [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_nPwQjaGsks/UV8aDNhqp1I/AAAAAAAAJdI/oEQiDuZeyAc/s1600/stephen+king+salem%27s+lot+signet+1976+pb.JPG picture of a vampire right on the cover]]) was published. Either that, or it was a ''serious'' SpoilerCover.
9th Feb '17 6:37:48 PM Mdumas43073
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** The twist was evidently common knowledge by the time the first paperback edition (with a [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_nPwQjaGsks/UV8aDNhqp1I/AAAAAAAAJdI/oEQiDuZeyAc/s1600/stephen+king+salem's+lot+signet+1976+pb.JPG picture of a vampire right on the cover]]) was published.

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** The twist was evidently common knowledge by the time the first paperback edition (with a [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_nPwQjaGsks/UV8aDNhqp1I/AAAAAAAAJdI/oEQiDuZeyAc/s1600/stephen+king+salem's+lot+signet+1976+pb.com/-_nPwQjaGsks/UV8aDNhqp1I/AAAAAAAAJdI/oEQiDuZeyAc/s1600/stephen+king+salem%27s+lot+signet+1976+pb.JPG picture of a vampire right on the cover]]) was published.
9th Feb '17 6:35:56 PM Mdumas43073
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** The twist was evidently common knowledge by the time the first paperback edition (with a [[https://41.media.tumblr.com/85478b4e59fb1ab594f98ac8082060c6/tumblr_nbz4dnpABM1rhcorso1_500.jpg picture of a vampire right on the cover]]) was published.

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** The twist was evidently common knowledge by the time the first paperback edition (with a [[https://41.media.tumblr.com/85478b4e59fb1ab594f98ac8082060c6/tumblr_nbz4dnpABM1rhcorso1_500.jpg [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_nPwQjaGsks/UV8aDNhqp1I/AAAAAAAAJdI/oEQiDuZeyAc/s1600/stephen+king+salem's+lot+signet+1976+pb.JPG picture of a vampire right on the cover]]) was published.
9th Feb '17 6:34:35 PM Mdumas43073
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* HarsherInHindsight: On their way to the funeral home where [[spoiler: Marjorie Glick]] has been taken, Ben Mears and Jimmy Cody discuss how disastrous it would be if Jerusalem's Lot were taken over by vampires. Ben mentions that an out-of-towner could drive through without realizing anything was wrong. In the follow-up short story "One For The Road" (from ''Literature/NightShift''), this is ''exactly'' what happens. A family of three drive through the town and their car gets stuck in the snow. It doesn't end well for them.

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* HarsherInHindsight: On their way to the funeral home where [[spoiler: Marjorie Glick]] has been taken, Ben Mears and Jimmy Cody discuss how disastrous it would be if Jerusalem's Lot were taken over by vampires. Ben mentions that an out-of-towner could drive through without realizing anything was wrong. In the follow-up short story "One For The for the Road" (from ''Literature/NightShift''), this is ''exactly'' what happens. A happens; a family of three drive through the town and their car gets stuck in the snow. It doesn't end well for them.
7th Feb '17 11:18:09 AM Stellarvore
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* {{Narm}}: Barlow yelling, [[spoiler:"LET ME GOOOOOOO!" at Ben as the latter is staking the former.]]
7th Feb '17 9:21:31 AM Stellarvore
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* MoralEventHorizon: Where to begin ...
** Whatever sympathy one may have for Sandy [=McDougall=] dissolves due to the fact that she beats her infant son.
** Reggie Sawyer, a domestic abuser, crosses it by assaulting and nearly killing Bonnie's lover, and then [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping Bonnie herself]].
** Dooming a whole town to be turned into a vampire nest is plenty evil by itself, but the worst thing Straker does that really places him far beyond redemption is [[spoiler:offer Danny Glick to Barlow, and sacrificing his brother, Ralphie.]]
** Barlow himself crosses it not once, but ''[[UpToEleven three times]].'' [[spoiler:He turns Susan, driving Ben to find and [[StakingTheLovedOne then stake her]], [[KickTheDog kills Mark's parents in front of him]] [[DisproportionateRetribution as revenge]] [[NeverMyFault for making him kill Straker]], and finally, feeds Father Callahan some of his own blood after defeating him in a duel, [[FateWorseThanDeath leaving him unable to walk on holy ground for the rest of his life]].]]
26th Oct '16 8:39:38 PM Isaac_Heller
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* TheWoobie: Dud Rodgers, who despite having a hunched back and living in a landfill, was happy and good natured. Then Ruth dumps him and her dad has his best friend fire him. Then the Barlow makes him an offer.
** TearJerker: Poor guy deserved better.

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* TheWoobie: Dud Rodgers, who despite having a hunched back and living in a landfill, was happy and good natured.good-natured. Then Ruth dumps him and her dad has his best friend fire him. Then the Barlow makes him an offer.
offer....
** TearJerker: Poor guy deserved better.
Also Ruth, who clearly hates having to dump Dud and is forced to be her father, who is also [[AbusiveParents sexually abusing her.]]
29th Sep '16 8:51:40 PM Mdumas43073
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* HarsherInHindsight: On their way to the funeral home where [[spoiler: Marjorie Glick]] has been taken, Ben Mears and Jimmy Cody discus how disastrous it would be if Jerusalem's Lot were taken over by vampires. Ben mentions that an out-of-towner could drive through without realizing anything was wrong. In the follow-up short story "One For The Road" (from ''Literature/NightShift''), this is ''exactly'' what happens. A family of three drive through the town and their car gets stuck in the snow. It doesn't end well for them.

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* HarsherInHindsight: On their way to the funeral home where [[spoiler: Marjorie Glick]] has been taken, Ben Mears and Jimmy Cody discus discuss how disastrous it would be if Jerusalem's Lot were taken over by vampires. Ben mentions that an out-of-towner could drive through without realizing anything was wrong. In the follow-up short story "One For The Road" (from ''Literature/NightShift''), this is ''exactly'' what happens. A family of three drive through the town and their car gets stuck in the snow. It doesn't end well for them.
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