Monday, May 27, 2013

The Lords of Salem by Rob Zombie & B.K. Evenson

Title: The Lords of Salem
Author: Rob Zombie and B.K. Evenson
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Source: Purchased

From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood...
Heidi Hawthorne is a thirty-seven-year-old FM radio DJ and a recovering drug addict. Struggling with her newfound sobriety and creeping depression, Heidi suddenly receives an anonymous gift at the station-a mysteriously shaped wooden box branded with a strange symbol. Inside the box is a promotional record for a band that identifies themselves only as The Lords. There is no other information.
She decides to play it on the radio show as a joke, and the moment she does, horrible things begin to happen. The strange music awakens something evil in the town. Soon enough, terrifying murders begin to happen all around Heidi. Who are The Lords? What do they want?
As old bloodlines are awakened and the bodies start to pile up, only one thing seems certain: all hell is about to break loose.

Holy *#&+! Rob Zombie has done it again. And this time it's in the form of a book! I have been a long time Zombie fan, so when I heard about his book coming out, of course, I had to read it!

The Lords of Salem will mess with your head. It's ultimately about the devil. It focuses around a group of witches who call upon the dark for their power. After being captured and burned alive for their witchcraft, they vow revenge on the descendants of those who killed them.

Being from a christian family and background, reading about devil worship freaks me out. But that's also the point of a horror story. And The Lords of Salem did not disappoint.

The Lords of Salem follows the story of Heidi Hawthorne. Her ancestor, John Hawthorne, was the priest during the witch trials. The craziness all begins when a mysterious antique box is delivered to Heidi at her job. It's a record from a band called The Lords. After playing the record on air, all sorts of crazy stuff starts happening all over town.

This is a book about evil. There is no good to fight it with. These witches are set on destruction and they don't stop until they have avenged their deaths. Rob Zombie is all about the heavy. The Lords of Salem is heavy. Heavy on the violence, heavy on the gore, heavy on the horror.

There is no sparkle and sunshine (not even the black kind!). No love triangles or morals to a story. There is only darkness and demons.

This book disturbed me. But in that good, scary kind of way. I was excited to see the movie already. But now, I don't think I can handle the excitement. If the movie creeps me out half as much as the book, I will be one happy little living dead girl. (JOKES! to many zombie puns!)

Rob Zombie & B.K. Evenson make a terrific pair. Nothing would make my life better than to see more books!!


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