Analyzing Writing VI – Jerusalem’s Lot in Nightshift


Jerusalem’s Lot is a prologue to Salem’s Lot.  It tells the story of a man who discovers a ghost (demon?) town called Jerusalem’s Lot.

 Epistolary Form

This story is told entirely in epistolary narrative in the form of letters to Mr. Boone and journal entries of the main character’s servant.  It grabs my attention because all of this creepy stuff happens, but because we know that the narrator is writing this letter, they are going to be fine.  This adds an extra tension because we know that it will work, but have no idea how.

Telling a story within a story

So, I think the reason that I enjoy epistolary so much is that it allows the author to use different voices and look at different characters’ views on life.  And it does this by telling a story within a story.  The main story is bad stuff happens when the two people find Jerusalem’s Lot.  But the smaller story is the emotions and feelings that the characters feel as he find out that his ancestor worshipped the devil.


The main takeaway that I will get from this is that I can revisit a story that I particularly liked to develop it further. I could either provide context or consequences for the plot of the story. That is another slow way to develop a multiverse.

If you can’t tell, I really like the idea of multiverse sand want to make one. Because I can create an entire universe and then start from scratch and build another one.


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