Jerusalem’s Lot is a short story by Stephen King that is a prequel to Salem’s Lot. Salem Lot was reviewed by Lisa! Lisa’s Salem Lot Review is Right Here! REALLY! I want to make another thing clear: I didn’t read the story this time. I listened to the Audiobook … again. The performance is by John Glover and it’s really like a radio show. John brings it! It’s a one-man-show with different voices and gravitas. John Glover is truly a national treasure!!!
The story takes place in Jerusalem’s Lot, Maine in 1850 and is told as a series of journal entries by Charles Boone and few by Boone’s manservant/pal Calvin McCann. Boone inherits his ancestral home in Chapelwaite, Maine just two miles from the eponymous Jerusalem’s Lot. After he moves in, he starts to hear what he believes are large rats crawling in the walls. It turns out they’re not rats, but ghosts of the damned! The longer that Boone is in the house, the stronger the ghosts become. This is common in Stephen King’s early works. In “The Shining”, Danny Torrence’s ESP abilities acted as a battery that charged up the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel so that they could interface with our reality. It was weird that the ghosts wanted to kill Danny; they surmised that his death would give them permanent entry into our world. This is kinda silly because wouldn’t that make him a Dead Battery.
As Charles stays, the Ghosts leave him and Calvin maps and notes guiding them to the nearby town of Jerusalem’s Lot. It is revealed that Jerusalem’s Lot was a town founded by Charles’ distant ancestor John Boone who became a devil worshiping sex pervert. I used to visit Maine a lot in my younger days and sure there isn’t always a lot to do, but who knew that these Maine residents were only a missed Red Sox game away from creating an inbred demonic sex cult?! Sex cults are in now check out Lisa’s NXIVM Lifetime movie HERE!
John’s demonic sex cult set out to manifest a gigantic intergalactic demon worm to the Jerusalem Lot Chapel by reading from an evil book called “Mysteries of the Worm” by Nicolas Sparks and then have red punch and bundt cake. They were apparently successful because the town is deserted. Boone discovers that Boone’s descendants act as a doorway for the inbred demonic sex cult to return because blood calls to blood! Bwhahaha. This is idea of evil deeds being inherited. This is the entire plot of Bag of Bones.
Charles sets out to destroy the book because he doesn’t want the world to end or have a “Notebook” sequel in circulation. Does Boone save the day? Buy the audiobook!
Night Shift as a whole is a brilliant collection of short stories from a time when Stephen King had just been able to support himself and his family with his writing. His stories are leaner and heavily edited, making them a lot of fun to read because there’s no extraneous elements. I will likely review many more short stories from this book and this period because they are some of his best work. Happy Horrorthon!