Grim . . . grisly . . . grotesque. These are the calling cards of horror merchant Rob Zombie, who launched his career as a provocative rock-metal singer before becoming a film director of such ghoulish classics as “The Devil’s Rejects,” “Halloween,” and “Halloween 2.”
He is now expanding his scope with his first novel, “The Lords of Salem,” with help from B.K. Evenson, a celebrated horror writer. But Zombie, who grew up in the Boston exurb of Haverhill, is the driving force behind this perversely imaginative but well-written suspense tale. It’s about the supposed Salem witches of 1692 who come back to terrorize modern-day descendants of the town fathers who put them to death.