One for the Road (short story)

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"One for the Road"
AuthorStephen King
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Horror short story
Published inNight Shift
PublisherDoubleday
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Publication date1978
Preceded by'Salem's Lot

"One for the Road" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the March/April 1977 issue of Maine, and later collected in King's 1978 collection Night Shift.

Plot summary[edit]

Three years after the events of Salem's Lot, Booth and his friend, bar owner Herb "Tookey" Tooklander, try to rescue the family of a motorist named Gerard Lumley, whose vehicle had become stranded in a ferocious blizzard at night. At first, contemptuous of Lumley for driving in such weather, both are horrified when they realize that Lumley's vehicle is stranded in Jerusalem's Lot, and they reluctantly drive out in an International Scout to try to save his family. Instead, they barely manage to save themselves from Lumley's wife and daughter who have been turned into vampires. Lumley falls victim to his wife. Booth nearly falls victim to Lumley's daughter. Only Tookey’s throwing a Douay Bible at her saves him. The two get into their vehicle and drive away.

Booth concludes by saying Tookey died of a myocardial infarction a couple of years after the incident. He mentions that he has nightmares about that night and about Lumley’s daughter. He warns the reader that if they are in the area, to never go up the road to Jerusalem's Lot for any reason, especially at night, lest the reader encounters Lumley’s daughter, the little girl who is "still waiting for her goodnight kiss".

Connection to King's other works[edit]

This story acts as a sequel to King's 1975 novel 'Salem's Lot, and is also connected to the story of "Jerusalem's Lot", which is a prequel to both, while also appearing in Night Shift. Both stories were later collected in the 2005 Salem's Lot Illustrated Edition.

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