Ahhh... I love having a day off work! Today is a day for Goth Maintenance (hair dye, nails!) and catching up with some coursework.But first... a review.
Jerusalem's Lot, or The Lot, is a small town that plays host to a vampire infestation after two sinister men move in to the haunted house on the hill. Ben Mears is a writer who has returned to The Lot, his childhood home, to help him write a novel touching on the terrifying experience he had in the self-same house when he was a small boy.
There are some intensely chilling moments - for me the standout was the return of undead Mike to Matt Burke's house - but the thing I found most endlessly fascinating about Salem's Lot is the way King portrays different people in a small-town American community reacting to the horror that is slowly consuming their home. The bewilderment, denial, and anger of the townspeople add to the slow-burning tension that builds catastrophically throughout the novel.
King, as always, uses his characters effectively - watching the two eventual survivors, Ben and a young boy, Mark Petrie, become hardened and head towards what could be described as borderline insanity, is a nail-biting experience - King shies away from nothing, and is almost sadistic in what he puts his brainchildren through. The reader suffers with Ben during the suspicion of the townsfolk, his lover's grim demise, the escape from The Lot, and the final act of vengeance against the vampires that have, eventually, overrun the town.
Salem's Lot is a grisly vampire tale in the fine tradition of Bram Stoker, which would appeal to fans of other vamp horrors like 30 Days of Night and Let The Right One In. The real terror is not in the blood and gore but the continual, underlying sense of menace that grips from chapter one and refuses to let go. Not a book I would read alone, or after dark....
In other news...
Here's me camwhoring yesterday...
Belt: random black ribbon that I had lying around
Necklace: market, £2.50
Shrug: New Look sale, £3
Black tights: Peacocks, £2
Boots: out of a skip
P.S. Eccentricity apparently runs in my family. My dad has just launched a small range of rude novelty products (Norm's Bad Taste Products) which are available at the moment via eBay. Can't resist showing you - but younger readers, exercise discretion please! Norm's Bad Taste Products available here. There will be more added to the range soon, including *gasp* a vampire-themed product of my devising... ^^