"Old friend, what are you looking for?
After those many years abroad you come
With images you tended
Under foreign skies
Far away from your own land."
— George Seferis
"Tell you now that the whole town is empty.'Salem's Lot
is a 1975 horror novel written by Stephen King
. It was King's second published novel, following Carrie
The plot focuses on the Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot, which is slowly taken over by vampires, and a small band of survivors, including protagonist Ben Mears, who decide to fight back.
The eponymous town is also featured in King's short stories "Jerusalem's Lot" and "One for the Road". (The former, written several years earlier, is set in 1850 and has little if anything to do with the novel's plot; the latter is set three years after the events of the novel). These stories are included in Night Shift
, and also in the illustrated edition of 'Salem's Lot
. Said illustrated edition was released in 2005, and also contains several deleted and alternate scenes.
The novel has been adapted into two television Mini Series
. The first, directed by Tobe Hooper
, aired on CBS
in 1979 and was later released theatrically (in edited form) overseas, while the second aired on TNT cable in 2004. There was also a 1987 theatrical sequel, Return to Salem's Lot
, and a 1995 Radio Drama
The novel and 1979 miniseries contain examples of:
The 2004 miniseries contains examples of:
- Adaptational Villainy: Father Callahan. In the book he leaves the down disgraced, whereas here he becomes the new Renfield for Barlow. Ironically the miniseries coincided with the final three novels of The Dark Tower in which Callahan returned and redeemed himself.
- Ascended Extra: Ruthie Crockett, a very minor character in the novel is made into a major supporting character in the miniseries.
- Abusive Parents: It's subtly implied that her father is sexually abusing her.
- Rich Bitch: She has quite a bad attitude and is callous and cruel towards Dud.
- Bittersweet Ending: A bit better then the novel at least. Ben dies but he and Mark manage to hunt down near all the vampires in the town with Callahan being their final target.
- Death by Adaptation: Both Ben Mears and Father Callahan are dead at the end of the miniseries.
- How We Got Here: The movie begins with Ben chasing down and putting Callahan into a coma before being taken to the hospital for treatment. He then tells an orderly about the events which lead up to the present.
- Kill It with Fire: The solution to the vampire infestation. Of course, considering the conversation Dud and Barlow have on how rats when frightened of fire find new holes to hid in...
- No Ontological Inertia: Averted, killing Barlow doesn't cure or destroy his progeny.
- However it's implied that When he corrupted Father Callahan he took control over him and possibly made him a fail safe so that if Barlow were to be killed, his fledglings would still survive.
- Not Himself: Mike and Charlie just before completely going vampire.
- Our Vampires Are Different: They're pretty much classic vampires. Though the way they die is kinda weird, essentially turning to dust and flying into the air.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: And how.
- The Renfield: Straker.
- Undead Child: An entire school bus worth of 'em.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The Roys' baby, what happened to it after the Doctor "traded" him for his beemer?
- What Have I Become?: Matt gets Mike to freak out by pointing out he's got autopsy scars all along his chest, which along with revoking his invitation got him to leave him alive.