Postmodern Literature

English  Final


Salem's Lot

Ben Mears, a successful writer who grew up in the town of Jerusalem's Lot, Cumberland County, Maine, has returned home after 25 years. Once in town he meets local high school teacher and strikes up a romantic relationship with a young college graduate.

Ben plans to write a book about the an abandoned mansion, after a bad experience inside it as a child. The Marsten House was the home of 1930s gangster Hubert "Hubie" Marsten, a Boston-based hitman who specialized in rather unsavory hits. In the 70's, the Marsten House is about to be home to the vampire Kurt Barlow. It is later revealed that Marsten had communicated with Barlow, a native of Austria, for a number of years. Mears discovers that the Marsten House has been bought by Barlow and his familiar, Richard Straker, reputedly businessmen who are opening an antique store in town, although only Straker is seen in public. The arrival coincides with the disappearance of a young boy and the death of his brother, who becomes the town's first vampire, infecting locals. Over the course of several weeks almost all of the townspeople are infected.