!!This novel contains examples of:

* CompleteMonster:
** [[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.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: When Mark [[spoiler:manages to struggle out of his bonds using Harry Houdini techniques and overpower Straker]].
** [[spoiler: Ben staking the hell out of Barlow who looks on in rage and shock]].
* FridgeLogic: How did Barlow enter Mark's family's home without an invitation first?
** FridgeBrilliance: We later learn [[spoiler:in the ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' that Barlow really is [[TimeAbyss 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''?
** Who the hell names their child "Dud?" Somebody who was really disappointed that their baby was a hunchback...in their view, a dud.
* 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: King is a big [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_World_Series one of the most memorable World Series of all time]].
* ItWasHisSled: 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 ExecutiveMeddling. 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 TheReveal.
** 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.
* JerkAssWoobie:
** 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 (and breaks down completely when she founds him dead).
** Bonnie Sawyer lies about having an affair with Corey that she personally initiated and instead claims that he raped her after her husband Reggie finds out, and in the miniseries even backs this up when Reggie threatens to kill him if it's true, but while her actions may not be agreeable it is because she's horribly scared of said husband due to him being a violently abusive prick.
* 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]].]]
* {{Narm}}: Barlow yelling, [[spoiler:"LET ME GOOOOOOO!" at Ben as the latter is staking the former.]]
* StrawmanHasAPoint: While not exactly expressed in the right manner, many of Ann Norton's qualms about Susan and Ben's relationship aren't that unreasonable, at least at first. Susan barely knows Ben, yet immediately takes to him and dumps Floyd Tibbits without a second thought and gets pissed that her mother doesn't immediately approve of him. Any parent worth their salt would be suspicious, or at least cautious, towards Ben until he's more of a known quantity with both them and the town. Of course, Ann takes it way too far, assuming the worst of Ben, deciding he's a sissy merely because he's a writer, unquestionably accepting that alcohol had to be involved in his motorcycle crash ([[InsaneTrollLogic "They don't give you a breathalizer unless you've been drinking!]]), in fact, seeming to accept any information she gets about him, even from the town gossip, as long as it's negative.
* TearJerker: 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:

* RetroactiveRecognition: In this version, Mark Petrie is played by Dan Byrd who would later be known as [[CougarTown Travis Cobb]].
* 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 Barlow makes him an offer....
** Also Ruth, who clearly hates having to dump Dud and is forced to be her father, who is also [[AbusiveParents sexually abusing her.]]
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