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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  204,076 ratings  ·  4,024 reviews
A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave - and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself. A terrified four year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes gleaming in the darkness. The little Maine town of Castle Rock is about to be invaded by the most hideous menace ever to s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 1982 by New American Library (first published August 1981)
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Mariana Schneider No, Cujo is a very sweet dog until he becomes "bad" and it shows throughout the book. There are several parts narrated on his point of view that will…moreNo, Cujo is a very sweet dog until he becomes "bad" and it shows throughout the book. There are several parts narrated on his point of view that will make you feel sorry for him instead of hate. Makes me want to hug my dog.(less)
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Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All King fans!
Original rating: 4 stars
Re-read rating: 5+ stars

It is great when a book is better than I remember! In fact, this may be my favorite Stephen King re-read so far.

I noticed that in general this book tends to get 3 to 3.5 star ratings. While I haven't dug too deep into why this is, if I had to guess I am thinking it is likely because most of this book is not about Cujo. There is a lot of really great extra storytelling and exposition beyond the rabid dog. And, again, this is just guessing, but I fig
Edward Lorn
Cujo is a hard book to read. It's a short book, but there are certain scenes that just gut me. And all those sections occur in the last 25 pages of the book. The first half of this book goes by rather quickly. Then Donna and Tad get stuck out at Camber's place and I simply do not want to continue reading. The first time I read this book was after having watched the movie. Cool enough flick. Slasher film with a dog instead of a masked killer. Survivor is the woman and her son. Rock on. I don't li ...more
Dan Schwent
When a two hundred pound St. Bernard goes rabid, no one is safe! Who will fall to Cujo before the disease he carries finishes him off?

I'm just going to come out and say it. Most of this book feels like filler to me. I think King took what was potentially an award winning tale of terror and jammed as much padding into it as he could until it was one of his shorter novels. Basically, it's a fantastic short story wrapped in a soap opera I couldn't give two shits about.

That being said, Cujo is a rea
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing a review about Cujo is a little like reminiscing about being a teenager and listening to Black Sabbath.

Trying to describe it, and to put the experience in words, reveals the cartoonish elements in stark relief. But while being read, the novel is rich with storytelling and more complex than would seem on it's surface.

And like the best of Sabbath: It rocks.

Yes, it's about a town that gets eaten by a big, rabid dog, but King is able, and with some credibility, to tell a tale of modern par
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog owners and claustrophobics.
I'm guessing that many of you own or have owned a dog at some point in your life. And, i'm also guessing that you'd consider said dog to be loyal to you and part of your family. So, I ask you, can you possibly imagine what you'd do if your dog went rabid?

Pooch would lose his appetite. Start to become easily confused. Tired. His brain would melt and with that he'd forget about you. Forget the loyalty and love he held for you.

He'd feel intense pain.

In his eyes YOU would become the reason that he f
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is one of those books that's so well known and so frequently referenced that it's hard not to have some idea of the general story-- a rabid dog traps a woman and her kid in a car. It's a great idea. But there's so much more to it than that. For one thing, there's more going on with Cujo than having rabies. This book is set in Castle Rock, so it's never 'just' rabies.

I had a quick scroll through some reviews just now and it's seems quite a few people feel like there is a lot of fill
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, own-read
The monster never dies.


Cujo was a book I thought I was going to like, but not be scared of it (I mean, how scary can a rabid dog be, really?), but boy was I wrong with the second statement! This book did scare me. It still does when I think about it. It even reminded me of Pet Sematary which is my favorite King's book, and that says quite a lot.

Cujo is a story about a Saint Bernard dog who one day chased a rabbit into a bolt-hole. The problem was that the hole was filled with rabid bats, and
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! That ending was a real gut punch. Stephen King usually doesn't do that but......

Holy Shit!

Cujo was written while Stephen King was in the depths of his alcoholism. Uncle Stevie doesn't even remember writing it and if you think about it he didn't write it his alcoholism did. Like Cujo, alcoholism is rabid dog that will stop at nothing in its mission to kill you. Like Cujo alcoholism is unrelenting and scary. Cujo is written almost stream of conscious there are no chapters.

I didn't expect t
Helene Jeppesen
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a creepy read, this is it. "Cujo" was written during a time in which Stephen King was doing drugs, and it was exactly for that reason that I wanted to read it.
Cujo is a cute, however big, St. Bernhards dog, who one day gets bitten by a rabid bat. This incidence turns Cujo into monster who longs for food and no one can feel safe around this formerly beloved dog.
The scenes with Cujo were nerve-wracking, but what I loved the most about this novel were the characters which we
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who need to remember to love on their big dogs!
4.5* New movie version currently in production!

This book was so well written, the characters completely fleshed out, that it's very hard to believe King wrote this book so drunk that he doesn't even remember writing it! Wow! And to then win the British Fantasy Award...and (two!) movies. All I ever seemed to do when I was drunk was trash the house....and worse--hurt those who loved me closest (which is why, like King, I gave the stuff up over a year ago).

What a complete page turner--very hard to
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It might just be me but the novel Cujo is way more disturbing and intense than the film, Cujo. I was completely enthralled reading thus book. I kept letting the film characters (that I remember visually) play out in my mind to the novel. So glad I finally got around to reading this. I use to watch the film with my mom so it was an odd maybe dark way. Lol.
Goddammit!! This is currently on offer: £1.99p in the UK, $1.99 in the US (I think - it's showing as $2.68 - probably because of the exchange rate). It's the same price for: Lisey's Story, Insomnia, 11.22.63 and Hearts in Atlantis, too!
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Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cujo is a good dog. He would do anything for his man, his woman and his boy. He would even die for them if it came to that. But when Cujo goes messing around and contracts the terrible disease rabies, he turns into a completely different dog. A dog that Donna and her son are about to meet face-to-face.
This is a very sad cautionary tale. Above all things that I say in this review, I pray that you take this one thing with you... PLEASE VACCINATE YOUR ANIMALS!! With that out of the way
Jo (The Bookish pianist)
Well, I can probably now clarify, that I'm a member of the Stephen King fan club. I literally devoured this book in a couple of days. If it wasn't for real life, I could have read it in one sitting. This book is a terrifying mind-fuck. Terrifying in the sense that the events that pan out in this story, in reality, they could all actually happen. There was nothing supernatural about this, it was all very real. Apparently Stephen King wrote this novel at the very height of his alcoholism, and it c ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Having read this book years ago in the 7th grade (and told by my science teacher not to bring it to school anymore because the front cover artwork "gave her the willies"), I'm no stranger to Cujo. I'd also seen the film when I was ten years old. I guess back then I never really appreciated it. I thought it was silly... I still think it's a little silly... and definitely not one of King's better works. The book itself is quite random and vulgar with no real rhyme or reason to it, and I've heard t ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Even though I don't think it will spoil your reading experience, I have to warn you that there are mild spoilers ahead.

I wrote in my review of The Shining that it was the scariest book that I ever read. Well, that may be, but there the horror ended when I closed the book.

With Cujo, it started then...


Every child is afraid of the monster that creeps upon him when the lights are out in the bedroom and mom and dad are safely ensconced in their
Ahmad Sharabiani
Cujo, Stephen King
"Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine."
Cujo used to be a big friendly dog, lovable and loyal to his trinity (The Man, The Woman, and The Boy) and everyone around him, and always did his best to not be a BAD DOG. But that all ends on the day this nearly two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard makes the mistake of chasing a rabbit into a hidden underground cave, setting off a tragic chain of events. Now Cujo is no longer himself as he
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

I thought about just leaving that one word as my review. Or maybe adding "'nuff said" as they used to say in Marvel Comics when I was "younger". I thought maybe though you'd like more.

I hate it. This is one of those books I can't say enough about...enough bad that is. You like being depressed? You like looking for the worst? Your real life doesn't have enough CRAP happening in it so you want to add more??? Well, then you've found it. If you are the kind of person who says that novels should
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jan 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king
Oh Cujo.
I hated every moment of this book--wrestling with picking it up and putting it down over and over again. It took me a whole month to read despite it's slim size. At just over 300 pages, this is one of King's most trimmed down and edited books in terms of the storyline.
I was a freshman in high school when I first picked it up. My mom said to me, "Oh, Cujo? I don't think you'll like that one."
Meh. I probably shrugged and carried it off to my messy room anyways. That cover!
I honestly think
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrifying. More so because the important events in the story could all actually happen. They are real possibilities. This story would not work in today’s age of cell phones and constant communication, but for anyone with a memory of the way things used to be, it reads as all too possible. On a personal note, I have always kept a small box of water bottles and snacks in my car since learning to drive because of THIS book.

Any true King fan knows how he loves to tie his novels togethe
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, stephen-king
Cujo gets bitten by a rabid bat and the big friendly lovable Saint Bernard turns into a murderous beast. I really enjoyed this one a lot. I loved that Cujo's point of view was included. I couldn't help but feel for Cujo with all that happened to him due to circumstances beyond his control. I liked the small town setting of Castle Rock, Maine. The story was very atmospheric with an underlying tone of dread and apprehension throughout. Exciting, engrossing, bleak, sad, and very enjoyable.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
All hail the King.

Since giving Empire Falls five huge stars back in March, I have had seven, count 'em, SEVEN DNFs out of the past 10 books I've started since then.
This was really starting to worry me. Was it possible that Empire Falls had such a hold on me that it would be impossible for anything else to hold my interest just because it wasn't that novel?
In exasperation, it was back to the Stephen King well, dipping back into those early ones I had never gotten to. I grabbed Cujo with mild rese
Leo .
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
I guess I'll stick with my original 3-star rating. This almost feels like it should have been a novella. There isn't quite enough meat here for a full-length novel. By the end, I just wanted it over and stopped caring about the switches back and forth between town members who weren't even in town during Cujo's rabid attacks (but are partially indirectly responsible).

However, Stephen King is really good about keeping you interested in various types of gray characters. Some of them are just cut an
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Oh I don't know
Damn this is not what everyone said it would be! I appreciate good suspense, but trust me, after 50 pages in that frickin' car, you get pretty bored.
It started out awesomely, with Cujo getting bit and going slowly rabid. He kills a few, and then I said, "Yes! Here comes the good part!" but that was the end of the good part. It became such a boring book, it was hard to get through.
The sideplots were lacking, especially the cereal crap. I was sick of business. Where's the suspense? I could've pick
Cody | codysbookshelf
Of Stephen King's novels, this is probably the most difficult one for me to read. It's well-written, don't get me wrong -- the prose here is absolutely gorgeous, among King's most direct and poetic -- but it is so bleak. There is nary a light in the tunnel. Instead, this novel is King's way of shrugging his shoulders and saying "stuff happens." Like Roadwork before it, Cujo's gritty realism can yield fascinating results, but the journey is absolutely gut-wrenching.

What makes Cujo so fascinating
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
«But in high school the business of irrevocable choices began. Doors slipped shut with a faint locking click that was only heared clearly in the dreams of later years.»

People who haven't read Cujo probably only know about the mad murdering dog premise, but Cujo is actually more than that.
This is a peculiar King's novel because the horror doesn't come plainly from demons or any other supernatural element nor from the Saint Bernard (only partially), but from the human mind.

The narrative switches
I really liked this story but I didn't think it was as good as Pet Semetery. Most Stephen King books have great audiobook readers but the woman who read this one wasn't very appropriate for the book. She is an old woman that sounded like a witch. If this book was about old people or witches she may have fit in but it wasn't about either so it did work.

Story ****
Overall ***
Tobin Elliott

Wow, wow, wow.

I haven't actually gone back and read this since the Saturday after it was first published. That's when I went down to the local bookstore, bought it, dragged it home and devoured it in a single sitting.

It appears I may have gulped a bit too fast on this one the last time. Or maybe it's because I'm a parent now, and a dog owner. Maybe that long-promised, often-scoffed-at maturity has somehow settled into these bones. All I can say is, this time, this book knocked the shit out o
2.0 stars. I have three general categories of Stephen King books. One is the truly exceptional (e.g., the Dark Tower series, the Stand and Night Shift). A second group is a large category that includes the solid to excellent books that were definitely worth reading (e.g., Firestarter, the Dead Zone, It and the Shining). The final group includes those books ranging from the not so good and sub-par to the "C'mon, Steve what were you thinking when you wrote this" which includes such examples as Dre ...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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