January 11, 2017 – Call Me Ishmael: Use the first line of your favorite book as the first line of your post.
“Almost everyone thought the man and the boy were father and son.”
It’s no secret that I’ve been a Stephen King fangirl since 1973. Carrie was the first book I read, but ‘Salem’s Lot got me hook, line, and sinker.
Though his stories are often fantastical, King writes people better than most. His characters are people we know, sometimes, they’re us. Their interactions and relationships, and most especially, reactions to the events unfolding.
Jeffrey Deaver said: “singlehandedly made popular fiction grow up. While there were many good best-selling writers before him, King, more than anybody since John D. MacDonald, brought reality to genre novels. He’s often remarked that 'Salem's Lot was 'Peyton Place meets Dracula,' and so it was. The rich characterization, the careful and caring social eye, the interplay of the story line and character development announced that writers could take worn themes such as vampirism and make them fresh again.”
So, yeah. Ben Mears takes responsibility of Mark Petrie after they escape, then a year later, they return to finish what they started…