SKSLOn this eve of All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween to the rest of us) I thought I would reach back into the archives for the scariest book I ever read: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.

When I was a kid, I remember my mother reading all of Mr. King’s early books and saying how scary they were, especially when she was up late reading when the rest of the house was asleep.

When I was in high school, I decided to check out one of the novels and chose Salem’s Lot. I must say from the beginning I was creeped out. (I was even more scared by the TV miniseries based on the book I watched with my mom – we both let out shrieks at key moments).

Anyway, I recently found a well-thumbed paperback of Salem’s Lot and sat down to read it again. I was struck with fits of nostalgia and can say that it holds up in the way that the best classic horror fiction can.

About Salem’s Lot by Stephen King: “Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town. With this, his second novel, Stephen King established himself as an indisputable master of American horror, able to transform the old conceits of the genre into something fresh and all the more frightening for taking place in a familiar, idyllic locale.”

With all the popular horror fiction that is all the rage these days, it is clear that Mr. King remains the, er, king of the genre. Although I have read only a few of his other books (his Pet Sematary being the second scariest book I ever read) I respect his talent and his prolific output that has been cemented in our collective popular culture.

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers (and used book stores everywhere).