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Oct 13, 2015
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Well I am 36, and am an avid reader Stephen King is among my favorite authors. I signed up here in order to ask questions about the novel Salem's Lot, and the short story Jerusalem's Lot.


In Salem's lot some people call the town Salem's Lot and others call it Jerusalem's Lot. I have read the book more times than I can count and can find no reason for this. So my question is What is the towns name, and is there a specific reason for people calling both Jerusalem's Lot and Salem's Lot.

As for my question about the short story Jerusalem's Lot. I was wondering if Mr. King was ever going to write a sequel to it because although I can guess what happened to Mr. Boone's second cousin removed by three generations, I would love to see a tale depicting what he went through especially with those huge rats in the walls.
 
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I have had that same thought, but I often wondered if he did it either accidentally or on purpose as many of his books float into and out of the Dark Tower series. Was he trying to convey some kind of weird dimensional shift that brought vampires from one level of the tower to the other?
 

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I have had that same thought, but I often wondered if he did it either accidentally or on purpose as many of his books float into and out of the Dark Tower series. Was he trying to convey some kind of weird dimensional shift that brought vampires from one level of the tower to the other?
It's been a long time since I read either... but, perhaps it comes down to (character) personality? Some people like to call things by their correct and proper name rather than shortening them?
 

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Also he already has a town named Jerusalem's Lot, that was written about in the short story I mentioned. Why would two towns in one state both be named Jerusalem's Lot? Was Salem's Lot built on the site of Jerusalem's Lot?
I really need to re-read these stories... because I just don't remember enough to answer definitively, sorry.
 

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Same town. SALEM'S LOT is more properly spelt 'SALEM'S LOT, the apostrophe indicating an abbreviation. This is the way it is done in the text of the book. It is likely that the colloquial version of the name is used as title for a couple of reasons : ftrst, because it is shorter and more 'kicky', and second, because it evokes something scary: Salem MA and the witch trials there. No witches here, but something worse; it works as a clever misdirection, too. :)

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Same town. SALEM'S LOT is more properly spelt 'SALEM'S LOT, the apostrophe indicating an abbreviation. This is the way it is done in the text of the book. It is likely that the colloquial version of the name is used as title for a couple of reasons : ftrst, because it is shorter and more 'kicky', and second, because it evokes something scary: Salem MA and the witch trials there. No witches here, but something worse; it works as a clever misdirection, too. :)

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This response about covers it. Also, the actual title of the book is 'Salem's Lot, including the apostrophe indicating the abbreviation for Jerusalem's Lot.
 

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Well I am 36, and am an avid reader Stephen King is among my favorite authors. I signed up here in order to ask questions about the novel Salem's Lot, and the short story Jerusalem's Lot.


In Salem's lot some people call the town Salem's Lot and others call it Jerusalem's Lot. I have read the book more times than I can count and can find no reason for this. So my question is What is the towns name, and is there a specific reason for people calling both Jerusalem's Lot and Salem's Lot.

As for my question about the short story Jerusalem's Lot. I was wondering if Mr. King was ever going to write a sequel to it because although I can guess what happened to Mr. Boone's second cousin removed by three generations, I would love to see a tale depicting what he went through especially with those huge rats in the walls.
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Looks like the apostrophe was omitted in the DVD.

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Welcome to the SKMB!

Others have explained the apostrophe. I seem to remember there was a short page or two explaining the town name. Ms. Mod can fact check me.

I am paraphrasing here, but there was a farmer many, many moons ago (probably before the setting of Jerusalem's Lot) that had a pig named Jerusalem. The pig went wild and took over a local forest of sorts. The farmer then warned folks to "Keep ye out o' Jerusalem's Wood Lot, if ye want your guts to remain in your belly!":icon_eek:
 

skimom2

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Welcome to the SKMB!

Others have explained the apostrophe. I seem to remember there was a short page or two explaining the town name. Ms. Mod can fact check me.

I am paraphrasing here, but there was a farmer many, many moons ago (probably before the setting of Jerusalem's Lot) that had a pig named Jerusalem. The pig went wild and took over a local forest of sorts. The farmer then warned folks to "Keep ye out o' Jerusalem's Wood Lot, if ye want your guts to remain in your belly!":icon_eek:
Yup, thats it :)
 
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