|With the addition of fifty pages of material deleted from the 1975 manuscript, an introduction by King, and two short stories related to the novel, this edition represents the text as the author envisioned it. Includes lavishly creepy photographs by Jerry Uelsmann.|
Stephen King's story8/25/2013
Stephen King sets his plot in the small Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot. King starts his story by detailing the recent & not so-recent past of many of the denizens of Jerusalem's Lot. It also becomes apparent to the reader that the residents of Jerusalem's Lot are so caught up in their own petty problems & evils, including nosing into the lives of others, that they are unable to see the real evil that has come into their midst.
The Illustrated Edition of 'Salem's Lot is set up much like a 'Special Edition' movie. The book boasts over 50 pages of 'deleted or alternative' scenes, a new introduction, and two previously published short stories ("One for the Road" & "Jerusalem's Lot"). The short stories don't have much to do with the characters or plot of the novel but certainly flesh out the 'special features' that the Illustrated Edition has to offer
Possibly King's Best1/6/2013
I am a big Stephen King fan; he has written so many terrific books, but 'salem's Lot, one of the first I read, is still one of his very best. His handling of the classic vampire tale is stunning and his characters are people you really care about (not always true of his later works). This lends an additional sense of horror; every time something happens to one of the characters, you can hear yourself say, "oh, no!" This of all King's books has haunted me over the years.