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This has bothered me for 40 years *spoilers*

Discussion in ''Salem's Lot' started by Pogonip, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. nate_watkins

    nate_watkins Eternal Member

    Maybe Barlow convinced them he was someone/thing else?
  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    "Hiya, Pizza delivery! Extra tomato sauce.... mmmm, saaaaauce, lemme just open a vein."
  3. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I think it was a detail left out...with no explanation. A little ooooooops.
  4. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Ding Dong... Is Marjorie home?
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  5. Pogonip

    Pogonip Member

    No, he crashed in through the window. This is copied from Dracula crashing into the Westenra's house, and that's never explained either. Fred Saberhagen had fun with this in "The Dracula Tape."
  6. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Ding Dong! I was just looking thru the window.... House for sale?
  7. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    Pogonip: I noticed this too. I just reread this book last week for the first time since the late 80's and this issue sprang out at me. But, like always, since I'm suspending disbelief anyway to enjoy a novel, I often don't think too much about things like this. I figure I missed something that explains it, and that quiets the critics in my head, and I can move on and enjoy. But I think it was just a mistake. There's no evidence that any vamp had been invited or had access to that house prior to the window entrance.

  8. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    But you know what? This book is one of the best scary monster books I've ever read. I loved it.

  9. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the SKMB!
  10. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    Thank you. I love reading and I love talking about books and writers. I don't do social media. I'm not on facebook or twitter or any of the others. I don't belong to any message board sites but this one and only joined after much agonizing about it. But I decided to try it simply because I love books. And I think King is as good an author as the US has ever produced. I don't mean by that that I endorse everything in all of his books. I can do without sex scenes and I try to avoid cussing, but I also realize that the world is full of things of which I don't approve and I have to live here and deal with it. But that caveat aside, I think King's writing is of a piece with our historical best (Twain, Hemingway, Faulkner, Chandler, etc.). I remember arguing with people in the 80s about King. They considered him a pulp fiction lightweight and I saw much more in his books than that. I saw characters drawn true to life. I saw shadings in them that felt real. Good and evil. And most importantly, I saw that he took evil and good seriously. That they were real to him and that his characters had to make choices about which side they stood on - often at the ultimate cost. That always attracted me because I believe that's true of life and I've tried to live that way.

  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Why did you sign this "King" - are you really Stephen King pretending to be a religious man? (and no I have not read "Revival" yet!)
  12. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I think it was just a slip as it's definitely not (Stephen) King. All other comments by this poster are signed Kelly.
  13. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    Nope. Sorry. Just a typo. Sometimes I type without thinking. Like I did here. Sort of common when I've finished composing what I wanted to say and I'm signing off. I'm really Kelly Whiting from Fruitland, Idaho. Weird though. But entirely unintentional and without meaning.

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  14. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    We're almost neighbors! I'm in Spokane.
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  15. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    That is pretty close...for these big western States. I've been in Spokane a few times. Not as much as in western Washington. I was stationed at Fort Lewis for four years. Spent a lot of time in Yakima training in the desert. Drove the route from Seattle to Fruitland many times. My wife lived in Steilacoom, where I lived when I met her (I lived in a 100 year old house, in the attic converted into a one room apartment, with a great view of the bay and Anderson Island, and sunsets, and where one of my very few dream/ghost stories happened - I was a bachelor Lieutenant and liked living that way). Though she was born in Caribou, Maine.

  16. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side


    Northern Maine? I hear it's cold there in wintah! (ayuh)
  17. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    Yeah. She has memories of snow to the rafters of the house and having to tunel through it.

  18. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

  19. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Yesterday's low temp in Caribou (actual, not wind chill) was -15F(-25C)and the high was -2F(-18C). Tonight it's expected to get to -22F(-30C). Here in Bangor it was only -13F(-25) and a high of 10F (-12C)yesterday. This time of year that moose would be skating across the lake. ;-D
  20. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    [​IMG] Dang - must make for hard walking in those crutches - try to stay warm!

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