I really enjoyed this “prequel” to Salem’s Lot. Mr. King does a great job of taking us back in time to the Jerusalem’s Lot of 1850. It continues a theme seen so far in Salem’s Lot & The Shining of tainted ground. It will become a reoccurring theme in Mr. King’s work going forward in Pet Sematary, Black House and of coarse Dr Sleep just to name a few. This of coarse is a theme that runs all through the horror genre, the thought that a house, a town or the ground itself can become tainted with evil. I think this appeals to Mr. King because there is no victory over this kind of threat only escape hopefully with your sanity. It also leaves the door open for this evil to be there ready for victim after victim for all time.