Benjamin "Ben" Mears is an author and one-time resident of Jerusalem's Lot, Maine. Seeking a break from his career after the death of his wife, Miranda, and a current case of writer's block, he returns to the Lot. He decides to write about the Marsten House, at the same time developing a passionate romance with college graduate and town resident Susan Norton.
He soon finds himself battling the powerful vampire Kurt Barlow, who seeks to turn the Lot's residents into more of his kind. When Susan is turned into a vampire, Ben is forced to stake her. Although the rest of Ben's subsequent 'resistance movement' is killed in the fight against Barlow, Ben and the other survivor, ten-year-old Mark Petrie, manage to escape after staking Barlow. After writing about their story, Ben and Mark return to the Lot to burn it down, hoping that the fire will drive out the vampires and leave them with no place to hide.
In Wolves of the Calla, Callahan reveals he was sent to Los Zapatos and saw Ben's funeral (Ben was in his fifties when he passed) while Mark is a young adult man, hinting that they destroyed Salem's Lot like they intended, or at least killed many vampires.
In the short story One for the Road, though Ben is not mentioned, the fire is. According to Booth it lasted for three days.
Ben Mears was born in approximately 1948. He lived in Jerusalem's Lot for four years as a boy on Burns Road, now known as Harmony Hill. His father had died and his mother went through a nervous breakdown, so she sent him to live with his aunt, Cynthia Stowens, while she got her act back together. During the big fire, his aunt's house burned down. After she died, he "knocked around". In 1973, he and his wife Miranda were in a motorcycle accident. His wife was killed in the accident.
The man who came back in with her was lanky and agile-looking, with finely drawn features and a thick, almost greasy shock of black hair that looked freshly washed despite its natural oiliness. He was dressed in a way that impressed Bill favorably: plain blue jeans, very new, and a white shirt rolled to the elbows.
- Conway's Daughter
- Air Dance (Out of Print)
- Billy Said Keep Going
- Untitled nonfiction book about the Marsten House (unpublished)