Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

Book - 2001
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When a little boy's pet dies, and he persuades his parents to bury it in an old Indian cemetary, reputed by legend to house restless spirits, a nightmare of death and destruction begins.
Publisher: New York :, Pocket Books,, 2001
1983
ISBN: 9781501156700
9780743412278
0743412273
Branch Call Number: F KIN NVD
Characteristics: xiii, 562 pages ; 18 cm

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When a little boy's pet dies, and he persuades his parents to bury it in an old Indian cemetery, reputed by legend to house restless spirits, a nightmare of death and destruction begins.
With John Lithgow in the cast of this well-known horror novel, it’s sure to be a good show! Coming to theater... Read More »

If you relish catching a dose of the heebie-jeebies while reading, then this is the book for you. Stephen King himself has declared this his most frightening work, and who are we to argue?


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alecbussott
Aug 19, 2020

Horror that sticks with the reader. Just might be King's best novel.

Stephen King truly raises the stakes in what is arguably his most horrifying novel: Pet Sematary. The novel follows husband and father, Dr. Louis Creed, as he and his family move into the remote town of Ludlow, Maine. Something seems strange about their new lot, however, as they notice that drivers in the area pay no attention to road signs or speed limits. The horrors begin to make themselves known as Jud, the Creed family’s new neighbor, shows them the pet cemetery made by children that is on the plot of land that they just purchased. This in itself does not seem anything worse than vaguely creepy, but it’s what’s on the path beyond the cemetery that Louis Creed must face soon enough.
I would give Pet Sematary 4 out of 5 stars, redacting a star due to the novel’s vague themes and messages that may take some digging in order to discover. Other than that, it is a great horror novel for anyone 15 years and older as long as they can handle the death and violence that the novel is based around.

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5297_902
Feb 03, 2020

Creepy! This is one of King's best horror stories. It resembles to the original film in some ways, but still a great book to read.

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allieereads
Nov 24, 2019

This is my first Stephen King book and I am so happy that I read it! Whilst I did enjoy the book, especially in the way King writes his characters with such a single-minded focus to detail and character development, I didn't really care for the story overall.

How, you ask?

Well, there was no psychological horror for me; basically, I felt nothing. Though I enjoyed the main character, the other characters I really did not care for and felt absolutely nothing with their deaths. I just felt 'meh' with the actual plot. But I did enjoy the way King writes, I just didn't like the actual story.

I was kind of bored? Anyway, I will definitely be picking up more of King's books in the future because he writes wonderfully.

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peterwatters
Jun 27, 2019

I flew through this book. King once again creates characters that are relatable through their flaws and empathy. Pet Sematary very much reads cinematically, and you can see why almost all of King's books become movies and tv shows. While always horrifying, there is a complexity in the grotesque. Not only are you endeared to the characters, but to their motives that drive them to do the most horrendous things.

There were times reading this book that I lost myself, like a good book should make me do. My only critique, which I am not qualified to make, the ending seemed a bit cliche. Now, don't get me wrong, the ending was fine and very much appropriate. My issue is that I have seen this type of ending a bunch of times. What I wonder ultimately, is since King is the standard for horror writing, am I just missing the cleverness because people have copied him over and over and this is the original? Either way, it does not distract from the rest of the book, and the story it tells.

Clearly a classic in the genre.

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Metallicat71
Jun 20, 2019

This is an amazing book! I would love to read more of King's matser pieces and I did find a bit scary. But an amazing book and definatly one of my top 5 favourites.

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smatte
Apr 25, 2019

Pet Sematary was published at a time when Stephen King seemed to be at the height of his powers: the solidification of his celebrity status was coinciding with the perfection of his writing style, and he delivered the perfect pop horror novel for the occasion. Nobody blends the tropes of horror's various subgenres into a unique whole quite like King does, and he does so masterfully here. There are elements of the slasher aesthetic, zombies, ghost stories, and Lovecraftian supernatural elements, all merged together into a surprisingly human, character-driven parable about the dangers of interfering with forces that are cosmically unknowable. I read this in preparation for the cinematic remake (the 1989 original is among my favorite horror movies) and, creepy as it was, escaping into the book was as comfortable as putting on a well-worn winter coat. King's scary scenes are often intense, but his characters, particularly folks like Jud Crandall, feel like old friends by the time one gets into the meat of the story.

In the small town of Ludlow the Creed family settles in to their new home along a busy highway. In this household the topic of death is taboo until the family pet gets run over in the road. This incident leads the Creed family down the long, dark path to the Pet Sematary and when further trauma occurs, Louis Creed, the father, goes beyond the Pet Sematary to the Micmac burial grounds where unspeakable actions take place. This family faces unimaginable horror of both mental and supernatural extremes and learn the hard way that sometimes dead is better.

King states this is his scariest novel ever written and I have to agree that it is up there as one of my favorites. What I found interesting about this story is that the idea came to him after a similar experience occurred to his family. He had to bury his daughter’s cat in a make shift pet cemetery and even more horrifying was when his son ran towards a busy road with King getting to him just in time, resulting in a story created by that “what if..” outcome. (Submitted by Jess).

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delony
Jul 04, 2017

I greatly enjoyed this book! The suspenseful moments and Louis Creed's evolution of insanity made it worth while. Although there were some despondent moments, I still could not keep my eyes from this novel. I totally recommend this book, but for an older audience due to the several adult concepts, and swear words displayed throughout. Stephen King is a genius, and he exhibits his brilliance in books such as this one.

Beatricksy Jan 20, 2017

I was promised scares. But it isn't scary. It's a discussion on grief--and yet, clumsily handled despite the value of the topic. The book direction is too obvious; foreshadowing is clumsy. The build up leads to a weak, unnecessarily gory ("scary") climax. It should have been 200 pages shorter: so much is unrelated babbling. I was expecting a zombie cat horror. A story about a loved one, a beloved family pet, that turns out to be disgustingly evil, and how the family copes with that. Instead I just got a smelly, clumsy cat that makes people feel a little uncomfortable. And is dismissed and forgotten in a few pages anyway.

(Spoiler: why does the evil burial ground know that you're plotting to stop Louis [even if you don't know what he's actually up to] and literally snap off your car battery cables from hundreds of miles away or put you into a strange hypnotic sleep, but doesn't seem to mind Louis walking around with morphine syringes in his pocket to kill the big bad?)

This is my third King attempt. He's just not my cup of tea. Sorry.

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