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Pet Sematary

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  257,583 Ratings  ·  4,382 Reviews
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 November 14th 1983)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Oct 06, 2015 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
It’s probably wrong to believe there can be any limit to the horror which the human mind can experience. On the contrary, it seems that some exponential effect begins to obtain as deeper and deeper darkness falls—as little as one may like to admit it, human experience tends, in a good many ways, to support the idea that when the nightmare grows black enough, horror spawns horror, one coincidental evil begets other, often more deliberate evils, until finally blackness seems to cover everything.
Apr 20, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 18, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
"Sometimes dead is better".................

KING calls Pet Sematary his scariest book, and I can understand why. It is super creepy and super "shocking" where he takes the reader, and his interesting prologue explaining how he came to write this unsettling tale brings a bit of truth to the story.

While truly a horror of a read, it is excellent in respect to its genre, but just awful too if that makes any sense. PS is not particularly gory, but definitely sad, sick, dark, and disgusting with more t

Apr 15, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, fantasy
This is the book that ruined me for lesser horrors.

Sure, there are a ton of really great horror tales out there, some with bigger themes, some with more blood and guts, and some with tighter pacing, but none of them can quite layer and layer a single theme so deftly, craftily, or inexorably.

If you buy a sale of goods, it'll always come home to you.

This is a book of good intentions and a ton of character agency, of gambler's mentality throwing good money after bad, of the investment of life, love
Nov 08, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Vincent Kaprat
Nov 05, 2013 Vincent Kaprat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be King's darkest book. If you're goth, read this and you'll be 5% goth'er.
Apr 18, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy-read with Brad.

My very first book by Stephen King and I'm still in awe. This was some experience! Bwahahahahaha!

First, in my edition, we are treated to an introduction by Stephen King from September 20th, 2000:
[His young daughter's cat was killed by a car or truck, died and was buried. Then, some time later ...]
"All seemed to be well until that night, when I heard a thumping from the garage, accompanied by weeping and popping sounds like small firecrackers. I went out to investigate and fo
Will M.

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
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror
Every Halloween, I like to do a little season’s readings. For most of the year, I generally avoid scary books and movies. Life is scary enough without looking for extra frights. But there’s something about the Fall. Once the wind gets sharp, the days get short, and the leaves start to drop, I inevitably find myself within a small window of time in which horror is appealing. This window closes abruptly at midnight on November 1. Before that time, though, I’m relatively open to the idea of being t ...more
Heena   (The Reading Bud)
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.


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
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
Nov 23, 2008 Dustin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I read this when I was a teenager, and recently felt compelled to reread it. I loved it back then, and I damn I love it now. It was one of the novels that made me a Stephen King fan.

There's so much Stephen King out there, maybe even too much I dare say (In all honesty, I find his more recent stuff a little hit and miss), but for me personally 'Pet Sematary' is King's ultimate masterpiece. It's the first thing I think of when someone mentions the man's name.

Whenever we think of 'Masterpieces', I
Apr 04, 2016 Kenchiin rated it it was amazing
I must confess I am amazed.
Jan 29, 2015 Laz rated it really liked it
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
Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
La muerte es un misterio. El entierro, un secreto.
Este es el libro que más miedo me dio de King. En Cementerio de animales 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.


Se los recomiendo muchísimo. Es una maravilla del autor. Es denso, no obstante, muy bueno.
Jun 14, 2015 Luffy rated it it was amazing

While a third into this Stephen King book, it dawned on me why King had such a strong fan base around the world in the 80s, and was the hottest name in popular fiction. It came to me that reading such a well-written horror book was legitimately one of the most primal, adult things I could do. That's because this type of book can have its own brand of hangover. Luckily, I've not yet dreamed of Zelda, the most terrifying monster in this book.

King had a handle on the human mind. He could then -
Aug 14, 2013 Brad rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, unfinished
***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
Vane J.
Nov 09, 2015 Vane J. rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, stephen-king, 2015

I've always been slightly afraid of death. I mean, why not? It's the end of life, and you have to admit all endings are kind of scary. Think... the end of your beloved book series, of your favourite TV show, the end of high school (just before you're about to start college), saying goodbye to someone... not beautiful, is it?

Since this is a book that's mainly about death, I was already coming with the idea that I was gonna be scared, and boy, wasn't I creeped out?

At first, the whole idea behind
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*

Pet Semetary is horror-scary with its story, but the prime focus that comes across to me is overwhelming grief meeting the breaking point/barrier the brain has before it goes insane.

Stephen King has said this was one of the books that frightened him the most to write. It likely meant so much to him because of being a father himself. It's actually a creepy book (so much horror isn't actually scary), but while reading it I found it wasn't always the actual moments that were what stood out as creep
Nov 02, 2015 Ron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of horror and great reads.
I distantly remember reading Pet Sematary the first time. It was the 3rd book of Stephen King’s that I’d read, and by then I was well on my way to being a fan for life. What I remember is being being immersed in its pages and enthralled by the story. So now, coming back to it once again after so many years, I wondered if those memories would hold up. Would it scare me even just a little? Hell yes to all of it.

Stephen King is one of a few writers who can take a premise that sounds ridiculously ab
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
Janie Johnson
Aug 31, 2012 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: stephen-king
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
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
Dec 05, 2014 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mara by: Rebecca
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
Two things about this book:

1. It is one of two Stephen King books I finished on one sitting (the other being The Dead Zone)
2. When I was a kid, I had to make sure the cover of this book was not facing out or I could not sleep. I didn't even like to look at it when I was awake!
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 gets 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 lot of changes from the book to the movie adaption. There were change
Mar 26, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 26, 2009 MJ rated it really liked it
Other than the Bush Administration's reasons for attacking Iraq this is
the scariest fiction I've ever read.
Nov 22, 2014 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
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
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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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