One for the Road
This scary tale was first published in 1977 in the March/April issue of a magazine called, Maine. Later on the next year this short story was collected in King’s first book of short stories, Night Shift.
One for the Road tales the story about a family that has taken a wrong turn during a snowstorm at night and wind up in a town that looks like a snowy ghost village. And that town is ‘Salem’s Lot.
Not knowing the events that had transpired in that town a few years ago, the husband decides he’s going to get out of the car and go for help leaving his wife and child safely inside the stalled and locked car. What’s the worse that could happen? Right?
When he and a bar owner and the bar owner’s friend drive through the storm back to where the man’s car was to save his the his family, the husband to his horror, finds that his family is missing. The bar owner and his friend know exactly what has happened: it must have been the vampires that are said to still roam the town at night…beware of a twist at the end.
It was good to come back to the Lot even though if it was just for a few minutes.
One for the Road goes the distance- 5/5 (Certifiable Classic)