Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

Book - 2002
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When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow's tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed's beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better...
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2002, c1983
ISBN: 9780743412285
Characteristics: xvi, 395 p. ; 21 cm


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When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a... Read More »

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Jan 06, 2021

Pet Sematary by Stephen King is a gripping novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat. It follows the complexities behind death, as well as the consequences that come with tampering with things that shouldn’t be tampered with. The ending of the story consists of a major plot twist and some gruesome events, but I don’t want to spoil much else! Overall, it’s a classic horror story that I would highly recommend.

Oct 23, 2020

Really good until the ending. It didn't resolve everything or I missed it. What happened to Ellie? Wouldn't she have had another dream? Wouldn't Rachel start smelling a little fresh after a while? No PTA meetings for the Creeds I guess.

At least in the (1989) movie, the ending is suggested by what Rachel is holding behind her back. To each his own. Still fun about the burial grounds & wendigo creature!

Oct 21, 2020

Just a great book and probably one of his best ones. Crepy and great.

ArapahoeTom Oct 05, 2020

I've read a lot of Stephen King, and most of the time, I absolutely love his work.

I liked this book a lot. It was great. Not amazing, but great. The writing reminded me of Gerald's Game. Very dense, lots of inner dialogue, which was cool. Super dark subject matter, and an incredibly bleak story. But unlike Gerald's Game, the first two thirds of this book were slow. The final act picked up speed in a very creepy, typical King way (parallels to The Shining can be easily drawn, even though he throws in some eldritch, Lovecraftian undertones), but I came away feeling like more of the book should have been like that.

Still, I'm glad that I read it. Excited for the new movie this April!

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.

CMLibrary_CBlevins 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.

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.

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.

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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“The grass in the back field was almost waist high, and now there was goldenrod, that late-summer gossip which comes to tattle on autumn every year."

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“When it started not to hurt, it started not to matter.”

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“The silence was a comfortable one, as if they had known each other for a long time. This was a feeling about which Louis had read in books, but which he had never experienced until now.”

LCPL_Krystyna Nov 05, 2020

“I don't believe that there's anything new under the sun. Oh, sometimes the glitter they sprinkle over the top of a thing changes, but that's all. What's been tried once had been tried once before...and before...and before.”

LCPL_Krystyna Nov 05, 2020

“Only children tell the whole truth, you know. That's what makes them children.”

LCPL_Krystyna Nov 05, 2020

“Maybe she’ll learn something about what death really is, which is where the pain stops and the good memories begin. Not the end of life but the end of pain.”

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“And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”

LCPL_Krystyna Nov 05, 2020

“Sometimes dead is better.”


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LCPL_Krystyna Nov 05, 2020

Sexual Content: There are a few scenes.

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Coarse Language: Frequent profanity throughout the book.


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