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Don’t go up that road to ‘Salem’s Lot.
‘Salem’s Lot is a place locals will not travel to. One night, an out-of-towner, Gerard Lumley, experiences a slight accident on the rural road into the Lot. Desperate to save his family, he enlists the help of Herb ‘Tookey’ Tooklander, and Booth, Tookey’s close family friend.
Together, the three venture into the night, only to come face-to-face with the evil that resides in ‘Salem’s Lot.
“One for the Road has always been my favorite. It was short, sweet, and terrifying. The isolation King described puts you right in the middle of the confusion and chaos that slowly builds as our protagonists venture closer and closer to the evil that resides deep in Jerusalem’s Lot. When I first learned King offered a Dollar Baby Deal to adapt One for the Road, I couldn’t pass that opportunity up. To adapt one of my favorite short stories that terrified me as a child was something I needed to do. To accomplish this would be the beginning of my greatest dream: to become a filmmaker with the ability to instill fear and anxiety in the way many horror directors did in my early life.” – Joshua Brucker
Synopsis of Stephen King’s Short Story
The main part of the story is set a couple of years after the events of ‘Salem’s Lot. Booth states that things in town got quiet after the great fire that burned at the lot. Though Mark and Ben are never directly mentioned or known to residents outside the town or Booth, it hints they accomplished killing some vampires. But Booth goes on to explain that the peacefulness didn’t last long, hinting that some did survive and the vampires spread again.
Booth admits that people of his town now live with religious superstition and are wary at night. Though no one verbally speaks of Jerusalem’s Lot being filled with vampires, they silently admit they believe in it. Booth describes a winter’s night years ago, when he and his friend, a bar owner named Herb “Tookey” Tooklander, attempted to rescue the family of a motorist named Gerard Lumley, whose vehicle had become stranded in a ferocious blizzard. At first mildly contemptuous of Lumley for driving in such weather, both men are horrified when they realize that Lumley’s vehicle is stranded in Jerusalem’s Lot. Though they know “the Lot” has gone bad, they reluctantly still decide to drive out in Tookey’s Scout and attempt to save Lumley’s family. Instead, they barely manage to save themselves from the man’s wife and daughter, who have been turned into vampires, while Lumley himself ends up being vampirized by his wife.
The story ends with Booth warning the reader that if they ever find themselves on the road through ‘Salem’s Lot, they should keep on driving and not stop for any reason.
(Taken from Wikipedia)