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The house looked right, felt right, to Dr Louis Creed.

Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago.

Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering do
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published November 14th 1983)
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Johann (jobis89)
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Cause what you buy, is what you own. And what you own... always comes home to you."

Louis Creed and his family have recently moved to the town of Ludlow, Maine. Behind their house there is a path that leads to a 'Pet Sematary', where the children of surrounding areas have buried their beloved pets in years gone by. Deeper in the woods there lies an ancient Indian burial ground, that Louis discovers has some sinister properties when their family cat dies...

It's no secret that Pet Sematary is my f
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Chelsea Humphrey
Wow. Just wow. I've put off reading this one for years because, well.... I'm a wimp. There, I said it. When one of the most well-known names in the contemporary era of the horror genre says something is his scariest book, I take note. It seems bizarre that I finally chose to tackle this one while having children the same age as Louis Creed's, it was precisely the perfect time to pick this up. I listened to almost the entire book over a 24-hour period while road-tripping, and the experience was u ...more
Matthew
Sometimes dead is better

First read (mid-1990s) – 5 Stars
Re-read (June 2020) – 5 Stars

Two things about this book:

1. It is one of two Stephen King books I finished in 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!

In the introduction to Pet Sematary, King says he almost didn’t submit it for publication, and that would have been very sad. Of course, I
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megs_bookrack
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED rereading Pet Sematary. The experience filled my whole heart with nostalgic glee.



King's masterful storytelling is on full display here. It's a perfect example of his style. If you have never read a King novel, this could be a good place for you to start.

Classic King is definitely my comfort place; it's where I choose to live. This beloved story was somehow even more enjoyable the second time through!



When Dr. Louis Creed decides to move his growing family from Chicago to Maine
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
While reading this book, all I that runs through my head is the song the Ramones made for the movie.

So, I'm going to link the video so all of you can have it running through your head as well! Kickin' it old school =)

Pet Sematary - The Ramones



Okay, let me just go ahead and say there will be **SPOILERS** for those that haven't read the book or seen the movie.

I have seen the movie about 6 million 5 hundred and 8 times. And I love it! THIS is the first time I have read the book, and as there ar
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: king-stephen
Let´s just ignore the rotten elephant in the room and pretend that we´re a normal, happy family for potentially forever

There are many spoilers, some with puns that are more dead than alive, so be careful. Seriously, it´s impossible to vivisect this work without revealing secrets, because they´re so essential to the plot.

Drifting into darkness
It´s one of Kings´smoothest darkenings of a happy group of people, accompanied by increasing signs of decline towards madness and despair, from animals to
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Jeffrey Keeten
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
”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. ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
That ending though...

This ended up being very different than what I expected. The less you know about it, the better!
Jo (The Book Geek)
Well, I doubt that I'll ever have any other way of saying this, but after reading this book, my mind is well and truly fucked. This book, and the story it tells, pushes the boundaries even for the sanest of individuals. It psychologically grips you, and Stephen King manages to get inside your head, rummage around in there for a bit, and stay there, long after you've finished the book. But, that is what he wants, and that, is another reason why he is one of the greatest authors, that I have read ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
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Matt
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror
“[S]ometimes dead is better…”
- Stephen King, Pet Sematary

Horror has a deserved reputation for being a genre able to make important societal points while still being fantastically entertaining. To be sure, there is a lot of mindless horror, where excess seems the entire point. But when it’s done at the highest levels, it can explore topics as serious and varied as racism, sexism, and nuclear war while still delivering a cathartic fright.

Pet Sematary is a high-concept novel that can be boiled do
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 Teodora
4.5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

Pet Sematary. Sematary. Isn’t it cute??

Okay, maybe not that cute if you consider the fact that some kids bury their dead pets in a sinister place and fulfil all kind of procedures meant for burying people, applying them on their pets. But you have to admit, the misspelling is adorable. So innocent.

I’ve read this book almost three years ago and I literally have no idea how I read this because I felt like I forgot a lot of important things about
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Carol
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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

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s.penkevich
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, spooky, cats
Sometimes dead is better.

One of King’s greatest strengths is that his best scares are less the monsters and more the way he subtly seeds horror in the mundanities of everyday life. Pet Sematary, a novel dripping with dread, spooks the reader by making death an antagonist we think we could overcome but unleash hell in the process. Yet it is through transforming grief and parental anxieties into tales of terror that truly frightens. I remember reading this for the first time at 14, bundled in be
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Justin Tate
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King's legacy will be vast, I have no doubt. We'll still read him hundreds of years from now, just as we have with Poe and Dickens and many others. Of all his master works, however, I take the somewhat unpopular stance that Pet Sematary is his magnum opus. Re-reading it now only confirms this opinion.

When I first read Pet Sematary (I couldn't have been older than 13) I knew right away that it was more than a typical scary story. For one, it made me feel decades older. Wiser. More entuned
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Mario
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.

2nd reading, and it still remains my favorite book that I've read so far.
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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 n
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Gabby
I LOVED THIS. I read 300 pages of this book in ONE day which I never do anymore. This is my fifth book from Stephen King and it’s easily my favorite, so far it’s the only book of his I’ve given 5 stars. I am so impressed by how deep this story is, and how sad it is and the way it talks about grief. I actually made an entire reading vlog dedicated to this book and reacting to it so you can see all the rest of my thoughts here: https://youtu.be/2QKIYdXarLM ...more
Vincent Kaprat
Jan 26, 2009 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. ...more
Rebecca (on a review writing break!)
“Faith is a great thing, and really religious people would like us to believe that faith and knowing are the same thing, but I don't believe that myself. Because there are too many different ideas on the subject. What we know is this: When we die, one of two things happens. Either our souls and thoughts somehow survive the experience of dying or they don't. If they do, that opens up every possibility you could think of. If they don't, it's just blotto. The end.”

When the Creeds move into a be
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Ginger
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2018, horror, audio
I loved this book!
I’m so glad I finally read Pet Sematary! What a creepy book. The unease and anxiety just keeps building in this book and it's brutal!


I’ll have to be honest here.
(view spoiler)
That’s some damn fine writing since it affected me so bad!

But I pressed on an
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Pet Sematary, Stephen King

Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by American writer Stephen King. In November 2013. Louis Creed, a doctor from Chicago, is appointed director of the University of Maine's campus health service. He moves to a large house near the small town of Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their two young children, Ellie and Gage, and Ellie's cat, Church. From the moment they arrive, the family runs into trouble: Ellie hurts her knee and Gage is stung by a bee. Their new neighbor, an e
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each time I intend to read this book one more time, I find myself hiding under the blankets, screaming aloud.

My first self scream contest started when I was young, dumb kid who has pantophobia ( which means I was scaring of everything)

I was at the music club at the 7th grade which I truly hated every moment of it and at this age I still have no idea why they chose me to sing with them when I have a voice makes little babies and puppies traumatize. Anyways, at least instead of looking at the so
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Peter
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Since I recently watched the remake of the 80s film I had to re-read Pet Sematary again. A decision I didn't regreat. It is a phenomenally good book that grew in my opinion over the years (I actually read it for the first time in the 80s). On the one hand you have numerous excellent horror elements (the cemetery, the Wendigo, Zelda and those coming back from that place, like Church or Gadge). On the other hand it describes in a relentless way what happens if man plays God and tries to resurrect ...more
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
(Throwback Review) Stephen King is the name that needs no introduction. Interestingly I started reading King after seeing one of my favorite movies of all time- The Shawshank Redemption (based on his work, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption from his 1982 collection Different Seasons). This book is no different from all of his other works. In this one, too, we can see his impeccable writing skills. The story runs around Dr. Louis Creed and his family and their new home and its surroundings in ...more
Baba
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A young family move to a place where there is a Pet Sematary which may or may not give you everything you want, at a cost. A very dark tale that creeps up on you. There is a key 'spoiler' in the narration, yet it somehow works really well, double shocking the reader first with the 'spoiler' and then the reality.

King manages the suspense in this story perfectly, taking the family and the reader down into a spiral of pain and despair! A truly haunting best seller for us Constant Readers. Stephen
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Justin Tate
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King's legacy will be vast, I have no doubt. We'll still read him hundreds of years from now, just as we have with Poe and Dickens and many others. Of all his master works, however, I take the somewhat unpopular stance that Pet Sematary is his magnum opus. Re-reading it now only confirms this opinion.

When I first read Pet Sematary (I couldn't have been older than 13) I knew right away that it was more than a typical scary story. For one, it made me feel decades older. Wiser. More entuned
...more
Emma
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure exactly what didn't work for me on this much-later reread. This used to be one of my favourite King books, but I think i've fallen out with his style.

Serious love for the Indian burial ground bringing animals and people back wrong, from Church the cat dirty with blood and grave earth, to little boy Gage 'mummy i've got a present for you'. And yet it felt long. This would have been a punchy short story, less of the narrator's Doctor skills and more dead things. The final 10% is just ri
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Sr3yas
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read The Shining, my first Stephen King book back in summer of 2016 and was absolutely blown away by it. Since then I've been reading King's books religiously to find the next masterpiece that could push the limits of a sane mind. Well, It took me two years and eleven more King's books to find it, and on the way, I met many great contenders like Pennywise, Barlow and George Stark. But it was Pet Sematary and the horrors that paid a visit to the small family in Ludlow that finally won me ov ...more
Emily May
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, horror
I first read this book when I was about twelve and thought it was really scary. But I had since forgotten absolutely everything about it other than what everyone already knows about the basic premise of Pet Sematary. It was this recent post on the B&N blog that convinced me to read it again. With a few exceptions, I'm actually a big fan of Stephen King and it seemed about time to get reacquainted with his "scariest" work.

And... well, I was disappointed. The story holding this book up is still an
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preoccupiedbybooks
Well I finished my first Stephen King book and I enjoyed it! Whilst it wasn't scary, it was definitely one of the most disturbing books I've read/listened to. Creepy and unsettling, this made me feel so uneasy, with its atmospheric writing, especially when Louis and Judd went on THAT walk! It was also really sad, and I felt for both Louis and Judd, and the decisions they felt compelled to make in those circumstances.

I loved the build up, yes it was slow, but I enjoyed getting to know the family
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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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