By Stephen King
Salem's Lot is a small New England city with the standard quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and first rate folks. after all there are stories of wierd happenings – yet no more than in the other city its size.
Ben Mears, a reasonably winning author, returns to the Lot to put in writing a singular in accordance with his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that experience haunted him because youth. the development he witnessed in the home now rented by means of a brand new resident. A newcomer with a wierd attract. a guy who explanations Ben a few unease as issues begin to occur: a toddler disappears, a puppy is brutally killed – not anything strange, other than the checklist starts off to grow.
Soon shock will flip to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and at last to terror...
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