The Lords of Salem ~ Rob Zombie

  • Title: The Lords of Salem
  • Author: Rob Zombie
  • Genre: Horror
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Reviewed by: DarthVal
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Description:  “The book offers a different experience from the film since it can obviously go into much more detail,” says Rob Zombie. “The book and the film really complement each other.”

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.

This book was dark, demented, and deeply disturbing. I would have been disappointed with anything less in a horror novel from Master of the Macabre, Rob Zombie.

There is an allure to the legend of the Salem Witch trials. Our modern day logical brains scoff at the barbarism of the past. How could they not only believe, but act upon such nonsense? And yet, we have that inner voice. You know the one that loves to tell scary stories around a camp fire. It whispers to us, “what if?”

Mr. Zombie knows and recognizes that little whisper. In fact he shamelessly exploits it in this gory little tale. He goes well beyond a mere suggestion that the Salem trials were a just condemnation of witchcraft. He depicts a scenario of barely contained depravity and evil. Flash forward to the modern day, and the legacy of evil is about to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting souls of Salem.

Zombie is not one to portray a cast of white knights battling evil. No, his characters lean toward flawed, gritty, and sometimes deserving a sharp rap upside the head. And yet, we don’t want EVIL to win. Or do we? Mwahaha. Er. Um. Moving on.

The suspense throughout this book was killer. Literally. This made for a really enjoyable read. The ending, alas, fell short of the promise of the rest of the book. I just wanted a little more. Sigh. I do, however, think it will play out well on the big screen.

While I enjoyed the book immensely, it is certainly not one for the kiddies. It is violent, bloody, and grotesque. Those of you who are faint of heart, you have been warned. For my fellow ghouls out there, see ya at the movies?

Regarding the cover: This is a decent cover. It would have been so easy to go overboard on the gore, but instead they went for simple. Simple works. The smudging and sketchy font efforts do the story justice. The washed out little creeper at the bottom adds a nice hint of horror.


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