Jerusalem's Lot

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Jerusalem's Lot, Maine USA (AKA 'Salem's Lot, or just "The Lot")

Origin: Jerusalem's Lot is a fictional town and a part of writer Stephen King's fictional Maine topography, serving as the setting for a number of his novels, novellas, and short stories.


Description, Geography, History, Landmarks

The town of Jerusalem's Lot is located in Cumberland County, Maine, between (or including parts of) the towns of Falmouth, Windham, and Cumberland, near the southern part of the state about ten miles north of Portland.

The town got its current name from a legend about one of the earliest residents, Charles Belknap Tanner, who raised pigs; one the meanest and most dangerous of these pigs was named Jerusalem, who escaped from her confines into a nearby forest, where she went feral. Tanner began warning young children who trespassed on his property to "Keep 'ee out o' Jerusalem's wood lot," lest the pig devour them, and eventually the phrase "Jerusalem's Lot" was adopted as the town name.

The original town that would become Jerusalem's Lot was founded in 1710 by a preacher named James Boon, the leader of a cult of schismatic Puritans. The cult became notorious in the region for its open embrace of witchcraft and for its amoral sexual practices, including inbreeding, and Jerusalem's Lot has long been identified by her neighbors as a residence for great and mysterious evil, particularly vampirism and witchcraft. Jerusalem's Lot became an incorporated town in 1765, but was abandoned in 1789 after the entire town vanished, after the Boon family obtained an occultic book known as De Vermis Mysteriis and brought it home to the town.

At an unknown date sometime after the mass disappearances, people began inhabiting the town again, and by 1896 the town had a representative named Elias Jointner in the Maine House of Representatives.


Heresies and Controversies

  • Like any self-respecting Lovecraft Country small town, Jerusalem's Lot seems to be a sort of nexus for all manner of strange, supernatural, and inexplicable events, scandals, and tragedies to occur in and around. (the body of Stephen King fiction)

Trivia

  • In Danse Macabre, Stephen King's non-fiction, semi-autobiographical review of horror in all media forms, King confesses that 'Salem's Lot was largely derived from the town of Durham, Maine; specifically the area in which he resided as a youth known locally as "Methodist Corners." The Marsten House of Salem's Lot was based upon a vacant house of the same name in Methodist Corners; he and his friends had explored the real Marsten House as children. King has stated that writer H. P. Lovecraft was responsible for King's own fascination with horror and the macabre, and was the single largest figure to influence his writing, and Lovecraft's imaginary New England towns full of dark secrets and horrible deeds are among King's influences in creating Jerusalem's Lot.

Keeper Notes

Associated Mythos Elements

References

  • fiction: Stephen King's stories mentioning Jerusalem's Lot:
    • Salem's Lot cycle, set in the town:
      • 'Salem's Lot
      • "Jerusalem's Lot" prequel short story
      • "One for the Road" sequel short story
    • The Shining
    • The Dead Zone
    • The Body
    • Pet Sematary
    • Dolores Claiborne
    • Dreamcatcher
    • Doctor Sleep
    • Revival
    • the last three books of the The Dark Tower series:
      • Wolves of the Calla
      • Song of Susannah
      • The Dark Tower