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Sometimes dead is better....When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son -- and now an idyllic home. As a family, they've got it all...right down to the friendly cat.But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth -- more terrifying than dea ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1983)
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Nikki
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Mario
Once upon a time when I was a child, I remember talking with my family about horror movies. Somebody asked what was the scariest movie you've watched, and my mom without thinking said 'Pet Sematary'. I remember laughing and saying 'How on earth could a movie named Pet Sematary be scary?' Fast forward to now, I changed my mind.

This book is scariest and creepiest book I've ever read, and I'm sure it'll stay number 1 for a long time. It made me think about stuff I don't want, or refuse, to think a
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Will M.
THE ELECTRICITY JUST FLUCTUATED WHILE I WAS WRITING THIS REVIEW. THE LIGHTS WENT BATSHIT CRAZY. WTF IS HAPPENING? I'M NOT KIDDING AROUND, IT'S 6:15PM AND I'M ALONE IN MY ROOM. WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME, KING?

Louis Creeds moves into a beautiful old house in Maine with his wife, daughter, son, and cat. It was all normal and perfect at first, but the nearby woods became apparent and so was the Pet Sematary.

When people regard King as the master of horror, I used to raise an eyebrow. I've read a few o
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Heena P.
Note: I read this book in RMFAO's November Buddy-Read with some of my awesome friends Magdalena, Titas, Andrew, Kim, Stefani Saloma, Marigold, Konstantina Pap.

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Plot | Story- Pet Sematary is undoubtedly one of Stephen King’s finest works. I tend to be speechless when it comes to writing a review for his books so forgive me if I write less than necessary, because, nothing that can be said will ever be really enough to praise this book. The story takes you very slowly through the life happenings of
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Vincent Kaprat
This may be King's darkest book. If you're goth, read this and you'll be 5% goth'er.
Dustin
Holy crap, re-reading this book is like watching a car crash about to take place in super slow motion: You know what's coming, you know how it can be avoided, but all the same, you find yourself walking the well-tended path into the deep woods of Northern Maine...

In my reading of this, as a new father myself, I find the entire concept of the Pet Sematary itself really sort of secondary to the main plot of parents, doing everything in their power, to protect their children from all the dangers in
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Laz
Well, this was certainly the freakiest, creepiest book I've ever read. It was an intense, brilliant thriller full of scary stuff brought straight out of nightmares.

It was not a long book and that certainly made me love it more because the story was not dragged on but it was straight to the point. It was not as much as gory as I expected it to be but it still managed to freak me out all the same.

The storyline is that of the Creed family moving to a new house. Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and his
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Edward Lorn
Pet Sematary Review (Kinda) I know this review is long, but I have a personal story to tell. Read it if you want to, but the simple fact of the matter is that this book is awesome. If you haven't read it, stop fucking about.

When I was tenyears old, my mother and her best friend Andrita took a trip to the local drive-in to catch a showing of Pet Sematary. My father was out with his own buddies, so guess who got to tag along? Yup, me. My mother told me to go to sleep in the back seat, and then pro
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Brad
***WARNING: This review contains a potential spoiler in terms of plot and character. Read at your peril.***

I wish I could say that I tried harder to get through Pet Semetary before giving it up, that I carried it with me, that I read it in those stolen moments of banality, which I do with most books, but the fact is I didn't. And that says much about why I've decided to put it down unfinished.

It's not that the story is a bad idea. Stephen King's story of the Creed family -- new to Maine and a l
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Jadranka
Stephen King je istakao da „Groblje kućnih ljubimaca“ smatra svojom najstrašnijom knjigom, i da je nakon završetka pisanja dati rukopis stavio u fioku, misleći da je konačno otišao suviše daleko. I sam je toliko bio užasnut onim što je napisao...e pa Stevo kako i ne bi bio užasnut!!
Knjiga koju još uvek držim pred sobom dok pišem ovaj review je verovatno jedna od najgroznijih, najgnusnijih, najuznemiravajućih, najmučnijih knjiga koje sam u životu pročitala. Dotakla je u meni sva ona mračna mesta
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Franco  Santos
La muerte es un misterio. El entierro, un secreto.
Este es el libro que más miedo me dio de King. En éste convergen el horror, la angustia y una desesperación oscura y acuciante. Es un poco pesado en algunas partes, pero les puedo asegurar que les va a helar los huesos.

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Es un relato en donde la desesperación aumenta exponencialmente con cada página que leés. Y cuando llegue el final... Prepárese para sentir que sus palpitaciones aumentan a un ritmo demencial.

Se los recomiendo muchísimo. Es una
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Janie Johnson
When I started this book I had great expectations of a thrilling, dark, scary ride. Something like evil pets taking over the neighborhood of a quiet, calm, perfect little town. Wreaking havok at every turn, making me shudder at the turn of every page. But it never reached the "scary" point. It was filled more with sadness than scariness.

Despite this it was still a very profound, riveting tale. Stressing to me the lengths people could possibly go to replace something that was lost in their lives
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Adam Light
Pet Sematary

First read: 1987

First reread

Easily in my top 5 Stephen King books.

This book scared the hell out of me the first time I read it. This time around, it succeeded again, but in a completely different way.

As a thirteen year old, I remember how this story gripped my mind utterly, refused to let go until, at last, I read that blood freezing final sentence five or six horror filled hours later. Maybe the first time I read a book this size in one sitting. The story unfolded relentlessly, the
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Josh
Mar 26, 2008 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with pets and small children who live on dangerous roads. I mean, who else?
It's Pet Sematary, what more do you need to say? This is King in his finest form. It's always nice to read a nice horror that takes it's time and lets you marinate as opposed to ones that feel the need to kill everything and make everything as bloody and violent as they can. That type of horror is only good in the short run. The horror that scares generations usually takes its time, builds up the suspense, and sneaks in the back door. Naturally being a person who grew up on horror and watched th ...more
Mara
I read Stephen King's introduction to this book before reading the book itself (it was, after all, in the front). Some would consider King's intro a bit of a spoiler, but (in addition to enjoying anecdotes on Uncle Stevie's process) there's actually something brilliant about the way in which King takes the wind out of the sails of the what happens. The how becomes all the richer for it.

As per usual, I love the backdrop of Maine. There's even a shoutout to Camp Agawam (which, if you're Anna Shape
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MJ
Other than the Bush Administration's reasons for attacking Iraq this is
the scariest fiction I've ever read.
Magdalena
November Buddy read RMFAO (Reading My Frigging A** Off)

Louis Creed moves with his family from Chicago to a small house near Ludlow, Maine. He immediately get friendly with his neighbor Jud and his wife Norma. It's Jud that one day will show Louis and his family the Pet Sematary that lies close to the Creed house...

I dreaded reading this book, because I've seen the movie and I knew that it would hit hard even if they had done a hell of a lot changes from the book to the movie adaption. There wher
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Phrynne
I think my taste for horror stories must be increasing because I really enjoyed this book and I have been avoiding it for years because it is said to be really scary. It certainly has it's moments but they are actually more gruesome than horrific. I loved the whole thing. King's writing is good as always and his characters are easy to like and become involved with. The story builds slowly and I like the way the author spends time on pleasant everyday life in between the horror. The contrast is g ...more
Bonnie
“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.”

After Louis Creed gets hired on at The University of Maine, he moves his family from Chicago, Illinois to the small town of Ludlow, Maine. Their house is built on the edge of a distressing wilderness that their local neighbor, Jud, advises they never traverse which only manages to stir their curiosity. The months steadily fly by living in Ludl
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Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Merwin Smith - Not a good narration.

I was really disappointed with this narration. Smith’s pacing is off and the accent he gives Jud is just painful to listen to. I didn’t finish it.

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Ebook:

It was after reading this book for the first time that I decided to be cremated when I die, much to my youngest daughter’s distress. After reading it again I haven’t changed my mind.

The story is dark and disturbing, and I can’t, in all honesty, say that I enjoyed it, because I didn’t. The whole t
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Jessica Phillip
Nov 04, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Classic Stephen King fans
Shelves: horror
Summary: Can Stephen King scare even himselfd?
Has the author of Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, and Christine ever conceived a story so horrifying that he was for a time unwilling to finish writing it? Yes. This is it.
Set in a small town in Maine to which a young doctor, Louis Creed, and his family have moved from Chicago, Pet Sematary begins with a visit to the graveyard in the woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. But behind the "pet sematary" there is another burial g
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Joe Valdez
It seems like if you wanted to write a great horror novel, an author would write something that actually scared them, as opposed to chasing what was popular in the market. Stephen King published Pet Sematary in 1983, twenty years before the Great Zombie Revival got underway, and although this is not an apocalyptic zombie tale, it's one of the most apocalyptic King has written as far as his characters are concerned: a domestic H-bomb that taps into what terrified King most, the death of a child a ...more
Tom O’Connell
This book, alongside a discouraging handful of other King novels, begins with great promise, drawing the reader in with the kind of three-dimensional characters King does best. Unfortunately, it hits a slump halfway, from which it cannot recover, and meanders its way to a predictable conclusion.

The plot deals with grief, obsession and reincarnation. The Creed family (Doctor Louis, Rachel, and two children Ellie and Gage) move to backwater Ludlow, a small town in – you guessed it – Maine. Ludlow’
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Kathy
This was my first Stephen King book! I read it when I was 15 years old....let's just say a long time ago. lol. I loved it and I remember it scaring me to death. I'm long overdue for a reread, so we will see if it stands the test of time.....does it still deserve my 5 stars???

Yes, it's still 5 stars in my book!! I thoroughly enjoyed it all over again. Stephen King builds things up, starting with this average family that you get to know and really begin to care for. Even knowing what happens to th
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Stefan Yates
After a bit of a lull in his writing with Christine and Cycle of the Werewolf, King is back to top form with Pet Sematary. Much shorter in length than Christine, King seems to have used a more discerning editorial eye on this novel and it really paid off. Pet Sematary really packs a punch especially in its conclusion. Once again, King takes his time building things up and developing his characters and setting, but there are a few tense moments along the way that keep the plot moving up to the bi ...more
Ana
Creepy. If there is one word that universally describes all of King's books, that would be "creepy".

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It's a very powerful story, and this must be one of his really well written books, beacuse I felt it was much more compact than other of his books. Don't get me wrong, SK is my favourite author ever
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Marvin
I seem to be alone in this, but I rank Pet Sematary up with Salem's Lot and The Shining as one of King's greatest novels. In the sense of pure horror, it is one of his scariest but also one of his most serious. It is as much as a treatise on death and grieving as it is a horror novel. King outdoes himself in the area of riveting terror and self-reflective thoughts on sorrow. It's a beautiful balancing act and, in my opinion, the one King novel you should not read just for entertainment reasons. ...more
Kayla
Out of all the Stephen King novels I have read so far this is by far my favorite. I became so close to the family while reading this, loved them and cherished them. I felt horrible loss when tragedy struck and felt there fear as they traveled this dangerous adventure that is the very essence of this story. I don't want to give to much away, but this novel gets you so close to the characters you feel there terror. Its a chilling book on its own let alone when you become personally attached to the ...more
Luz Ibarra
This book scared me. Really scared me. There are a couple of Stephen King books that really freak me out to where I can't even read them at night. This is one of them. And yet, I could not stop reading. It was suspenseful and truly frightening in some sections. But I could sympathize with the character's desire to have the pets, and later on the humans, that they've lost come back to them. Although, they soon found out that these pets and people died for a reason and that having them back was no ...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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