Study Guide

'Salem's Lot Characters

By Stephen King

Ben Mears

Pity poor Ben Mears. He has a lousy time of it in 'Salem's Lot. As the book opens, he's...

Susan Norton

Susan Norton is a small-town gal who wants to get to the big city. That seems like a big part of...

Mark Petrie

Mark Petrie is a kid, and 'Salem's Lot thinks kids are awesome. So Mark Petrie is awesome.Special...

Matt Burke

The novel says at one point that Mabel Werts "was the town" (3.423). But in fact the person who...

Father Donald Callahan

The drunken Irish priest experiencing a crisis of faith is such a tired cliché that you...

Jimmy Cody

Jimmy Cody, Matt's doctor and fellow vampire hunter, gets a fair bit of screen time, but he...

Richard Throckett Straker

Big, bald, suave, and sneaky, Straker's a great bad guy, sacrificing Ralphie Glick to the devil...

Kurt Barlow

Barlow's basically Dracula. You sort of wonder why King didn't just name him "Dracula" and get it...

Minor Characters

Father Gracon—A priest in Mexico who translates for Father Muñoz.Maury...