First edition. $8.95 price on inside dust jacket flap. Stated first edition with ""Q37" present in gutter of page 439. Inscribed on first blank page "For ****, with good wishes, Stephen King, 9/8/79." Book is almost flawless with sharp corners, clean boards, complete gilt on spine, tight binding. Dust jacket is complete with 1/2" closed tear to top, moderate edge wear, and slight soiling to rear panel. Features Father Callahan in blurb on front DJ flap. The residents of Jerusalem's Lot, small town in southern Maine, have a vampire in their midst, which they discover when people suddenly start disappearing. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Stephen King's second novel, the classic vampire bestseller 'SALEM'S LOT, tells the story of evil in small-town America.
'Salem's Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in 'salem's Lot was a summer of homecoming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to 'salem's Lot hoping to cast out his own devils and found instead a new, unspeakable horror.
A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.
All would be changed forever: Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who put his eroded faith to one last test; and Mark, a young boy who sees his fantasy world become reality and ironically proves the best equipped to handle the relentless nightmare of 'Salem's Lot.
This is a rare novel, almost hypnotic in its unyielding suspense, which builds to a climax of classic terror. You will not forget the town of 'salem's Lot nor any of the people who used to live here.
Review: Stephen King's second book, 'Salem's Lot (1975)--about the slow takeover of an insular hamlet called Jerusalem's Lot by a vampire patterned after Bram Stoker's Dracula--has two elements that he also uses to good effect in later novels: a small American town, usually in Maine, where people are disconnected from each other, quietly nursing their potential for evil; and a mixed bag of rational, goodhearted people, including a writer, who band together to fight that evil.
Simply taken as a contemporary vampire novel, 'Salem's Lot is great fun to read, and has been very influential in the horror genre. But it's also a sly piece of social commentary. As King said in 1983, "In 'Salem's Lot, the thing that really scared me was not vampires, but the town in the daytime, the town that was empty, knowing that there were things in closets, that there were people tucked under beds, under the concrete pilings of all those trailers. And all the time I was writing that, the Watergate hearings were pouring out of the TV.... Howard Baker kept asking, 'What I want to know is, what did you know and when did you know it?' That line haunts me, it stays in my mind.... During that time I was thinking about secrets, things that have been hidden and were being dragged out into the light." Sounds quite a bit like the idea behind his 1998 novel of a Maine hamlet haunted by unsightly secrets, Bag of Bones. --Fiona Webster
Title: Salem's Lot (Signed)
Publication Date: 1975
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Doubleday. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2939021038
Book Description Doubleday, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_231263789
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Acceptable. This item is fairly worn, but continues to work perfectly. Signs of wear can include aesthetic issues such as scratches, dents, worn corners, bends, tears, small stains, and partial water damage. All pages and the cover are intact, but the dust cover may be missing, if applicable. Pages may include excessive notes and highlighting, but the text is not obscured or unreadable. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Seller Inventory # 4BQM1A005IUP_ns
Book Description Doubleday, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Acceptable. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1975. HEAVY COVER WEAR. BINDING ISSUES. An acceptable ex-library hardcover with some usual markings blacked out. Pages are yellowed, and have occasionally been taped back into the proper place; some pages are ugly from this. Cover corners and edges are bumped and rubbed; showing cardboard. Dust jacket is smudged, bumped, and covered in mylar. Still a solid, functional copy. Booksavers receives donated books and recycles them in a variety of ways. Proceeds benefit the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in the U.S. and around the world. Seller Inventory # mon0000216630
Book Description Doubleday, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_231359113
Book Description Doubleday, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0385007515
Book Description Doubleday, 1990. Condition: UsedAcceptable. book. Seller Inventory # M0385007515_4
Book Description Doubleday, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. This is the 1975 edition. NOT A BOOK CLUB EDITION. The jacket is missing and there is a previous owner's name written on the first end paper. A good solid copy. FAST SHIPPING & FREE TRACKING!. Seller Inventory # 158758
Book Description Doubleday & Company, Inc., U.S.A., 1990. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Jacket rubbed with chipped edges. Boards rubbed at corners and tips. Pages are clean, text has no markings, binding is sound. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 112293A
Book Description DOUBLEDAY, 1975. HARD BACK RED. Condition: VERY GOOD. No indication of printing or edition DATE PUBLISHED: 1975 EDITION: 439. Seller Inventory # 088691