YMMV: 'Salem's Lot

This novel contains examples of:

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: When Mark manages to struggle out of his bonds using Harry Houdini techniques and overpower Straker.
    • Ben staking the hell out of Barlow who looks on in rage and shock.
  • Fridge Logic: How did Barlow enter Mark's family's home without an invitation first?
    • Fridge Brilliance: We later learn in the The Dark Tower that Barlow really is far older than Christianity itself, so it's probably safe to assume that being so powerful he was able to ignore this rule.
      • This is similar to how Barlow isn't repelled by a crucifix that isn't held by a true believer, and can affect mortals even when he's dormant in his coffin.
    • For that matter, how the hell did Danny Glick (a just-turned vampire not nearly as powerful as Barlow) enter the McDougall household without an invitation? If he was invited, who the hell could have invited him in? The baby?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: King is a big Boston Red Sox fan, and at one point he has Ben and the Nortons discussing the team's "fading pennant chances" during a visit. As it happened, the very week the novel was published the Red Sox had won the pennant and were playing in one of the most memorable World Series of all time.
  • It Was His Sled: The thing that turns Jerusalem's Lot into a ghost town is a vampire infestation.
    • That this wasn't immediately apparent when the novel was first published was actually a result of Executive Meddling. King's original draft had Barlow's vampiric nature revealed much earlier in the story, but his editor at Doubleday suggested rewriting Part I to make the nature of the threat more ambiguous until The Reveal.
    • The twist was evidently common knowledge by the time the first paperback edition (with a picture of a vampire right on the cover) was published.
  • Jerk Ass Woobie: Sandy McDougall. She abuses her baby, but she is only seventeen, stuck in a loveless shotgun marriage and living in a rundown trailer. She also feels sick with guilt about her abuse of her child.
  • Tear Jerker: Danny Glick's funeral, with his father jumping into his grave onto his coffin, trying to get him to 'come out' and stop 'playing tricks' on him and his mother; ending with his despair that he "can't be dead. He's only twelve fucking years old".

The 2004 miniseries contains examples of:

  • Retroactive Recognition: In this version, Mark Petrie is played by Dan Byrd who would later be known as Travis Cobb.
  • The Woobie: 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.