One theme that is apparent throughout the whole book is belief. In 'Salem's Lot, refusal to believe means death. One major character, Susan Nortan, refused to believe in the Vampires, and puposly walked right into the home of one. She was quickley bitten and turned into a Vampire because of her lake of belief. Many others died because of a lack of belief as well. Many people though they were dreaming or hallucinating, letting the Vampires bite them willingly. In the lot, belief is your only safety.
Stephen King created a near perfect setting for 'Salem's Lot. Jerusilam's Lot is a small town in Maine, in which everyone knows everyone. A setting like this created a very intense Vampire story because of the relations that everyone in the lot had with each other. Gossip is spread quickly, and not much usually happens in the lot. Jerulilam's Lot is very isolated from other towns, and people dont usually come or leave. When people started disappearing and dying, it created a major distubance through out the town. The first person to die in the book was a boy named Danny Glick. His death was known, and spread throughout the town within hours of his death. Later in the book, when the town was over run with Vampires, no one knew beacause no one new ever came through the lot. Setting played a crucial roll in the develepment of the novel.