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The Creeds were an ideal family. When they found the old house in rural Maine, they thought it was too good to be true. It was.
Paperback, 424 pages
Published February 4th 1985 by New English Library (first published January 1st 1983)
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Nikki
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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...more
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...more
Josh
Mar 26, 2008 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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
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...more
Vincent Kaprat
This may be King's darkest book. If you're goth, read this and you'll be 5% goth'er.
Jessica Phillip
Nov 04, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
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...more
Stefan
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
MJ
Other than the Bush Administration's reasons for attacking Iraq this is
the scariest fiction I've ever read.
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
Stephen
3.5 stars. When I first read this book back in 1984 at the age of 13, this was the scariest book I had ever read. This is a classic Stephen King scare-fest and I am looking forward to reading this again in the near future to see how it has held up over time.

Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Dark Fantasy/Horror Novel
Trevor
Nov 03, 2008 Trevor rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: mysterious and gorey readers
Recommended to Trevor by: Ms. Spratt and Jaclin
Shelves: book-club
This is a good book. It would probably most enjoyable and understandable for adults or student with a pretty high lexile score. It does not jump right into the action but it also does not take that long. It is a pretty long book for people who dont like to read and probably wont read but if yo are interested i would definitly recommend this book. Do not let the size scare yo away from reading it. This is a stroy about the Creed family, which includes Louis, Rachel, Ellie, and Gage Creed. In this...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...more
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
Leslie
Jun 23, 2011 Leslie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Ppl who want to be creeped the hell out
Recommended to Leslie by: curiosity from vague memories of the movie and Kayla's review
This was my first Stephen king novel. I’ve seen some of his movie adaptations, and tv specials but never read a book. I remember hearing about him growing up, and seeing his books in the library and thinking those are the scary books for the big kids. Since I had no desire to be scared I always kept away.
Pet Sematary is a book that slowly builds up to reveal all it’s secrets, and when it does your left creeped out and disturbed.
What lies beyond the Pet Sematery behind the Creed family home, ha...more
Tom O’Connell
Talk about falling off the deep end. This book, as with a discouraging handful of other King novels, begins with such promise, engrossing the reader with the kind of three dimensional characters King does best, but somewhere around the middle hits a slump, and meanders its way to a predictable conclusion. Frustrating is the best way to put it.

The plot dabbles in the weighty subject matters of obsession, loss, grief, and the skin-crawling act of reanimation. The Creed family (Doctor Lewis, Wife R...more
Michael Lawrence
Jul 09, 2008 Michael Lawrence rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: king fans
Shelves: king
Another one of my all time favorite King Books and again, one that it's movie counterpart does no justice. And that is saying a lot because I actually like Pet Sematary the movie quite a bit.

But like all or most of King's books, the film's cannot capture King's detail. I remember one part of the book when the father is going into the cemetary. The police arrive and he is hiding in a tree. His grip is weakening and he looks below only to see the pointed fence tops waiting to pierce his testicles...more
Jennifer
Why read: Reading all of Stephen King's books

What impressed me: I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself when it comes to Stephen King, but the man knows how to write characters. Whenever I read one of his novels that I've already seen a movie version of, I'm always impressed by the psychological depth of his main character, which never translates to the screen and Pet Sematary is the same. Louis's inner thoughts and workings are far more important in this novel than any of the scares.

What di...more
Lee
I saw this on my shelf, tool a peek at when it came out. So, for the 30th anniverary, I thought I'd re-read it. Been that long since I read it. And, it's still a creepy story. Now being a dad and a grandpa, the part where their son Gage died.....was gut-wrenching. The way King described it and what it did to the family. Made me look at it differently, then when I read it back in my 20's...that's for sure.
I even caught myself, giving our cat an extra look, one night:)
(hey-ho let's go)
Katsumi
This book is very good. King is so good at descriping things I could of sworn I could actually smell the sickness of Rachel's ill sister. I could feel Church, the family cat, rubbing against my legs and the anxiety the powers of the Pet "Sematary" brought. This book will have you guessing all the way through. This is great King, but not if you aren't used to his stuff. Not for first time King readers.
Helen
OMG, can Stephen King scare the crap out of me. This wasn't the best King story I've ever read, it wasn't even in the top 5. But this book still had parts in it that made me want to scream and turn on all the lights. King is an amazing writer and an even better storyteller. I'll never look at my pets the same way again.
John
I was reminded of King’s novel by – of all things! – a clip from the 1980 episode of The Muppet Show, featuring Linda Ronstadt. One of the sketches in the show had Rowlf the dog singing: ‘The Cat Came Back’, updated from the song by Harry S. Miller, originally written in 1893. The Muppet version’s a hilarious sketch and hearing the following lyrics from the chorus prompted me to re-read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary:

But the cat came back
She wouldn’t stay away
She was sitting on the porch
The very ne...more
Justin
The book I chose to read for these six weeks is called “Pet Sematary” by Stephen King. It a very interesting and crazy novel. I recommend this book to young adults and all the way up to people around 60 or so. My all-time favorite character in this book is the father, Louis, because he seems to be very calm but crazy at the same time. That is so amazing because it makes him really different which is a plus. The character I really disliked very much was the mother, Rachel; she seems very insecure...more
Corey
Ok, many folks I admire, my sister, my brother, my wife among them, like Stephen King. I tried one short book years ago (The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon) and hated it. But I am told I should read one of his scary titles and many people told me this is his scariest. So, Mr. King, one more chance.



Well, I didn't hate this. It should have been 150-200 pages shorter. King overwrites and he has a tin ear and, I suppose, no one edits him or questions even one of his words. Just one example of many: "He...more
 ~Geektastic~
Stephen King has been writing books for over 30 years, and like any prolific genre writer, some of those books have been better than others. Not too long ago, I read Needful Things, a doorstop of a book published in 1992. While I liked it, there were several factors that weighed it down and kept it from being great. For example, there were several times when the action was herky-jerky, going from breathless to a standstill and back again, causing it to lose flow. And there was a large cast of ch...more
Marko Rančić
Pet Sematary (Groblje kućnih ljubimaca) je jedan od najstrašnijih romana Stivena Kinga. To je knjiga koja nam dolazi iz samog ponora pakla. U njoj je Stiven opisao najintenzivniji ljudski bol, gubitak rodjenog deteta. Knjiga koja ima zastrašujući završetak i koju treba čitati sa krajnjim oprezom. Kao i sve njegove knjige, i ova uključuje seriju neprirodnih pojava, ali i veoma realne i stvarne životne slike. Kada se spoje ta dva elementa dobije se morbidan, snažan i emotivno napet roman.

Sam Stiv...more
David Lucchesi
My little ghetto nephew is named after the lil' boy in this book! Awesome read! Cheap, and easy to find in any library or Half Priced Bookstore in the world.
Teresa
This novel is heartbreaking, King does a good job of portraying the emotion one feels at any kind of loss, especially the unreal feeling you tend to experience. The novel delves into parts of the psyche you never thought of going or possibly wanted to go. It makes you ask yourself how far you would go to bring back the ones you love.

As a horror novel however, this one actually robbed me of a few hours of sleep, I could imagine it all happening so vividly. Maybe i have something with creepy littl...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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