Pet Sematary

Mass Market Paperback | February 1, 2001

byStephen King

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Don’t miss the classic tale from King of Horror and #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, described by Publishers Weekly as “the most frightening novel Stephen King has ever written.”

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 car.

But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth—more terrifying than death itself—and hideously more powerful.

The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.

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Don’t miss the classic tale from King of Horror and #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, described by Publishers Weekly as “the most frightening novel Stephen King has ever written.”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 ...

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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-ch...

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Bag of Bones, the screenplay Storm of the Century, and The Green Mile. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.3 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Pocket BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0743412273

ISBN - 13:9780743412278

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Customer Reviews of Pet Sematary


Rated 4 out of 5 by from very scary! Pet Sematary was a fun book with a lot of spooks. Jud Crandall was an awesome character
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining A little depressing, as I am a cat lover, but thankfully the book moves past the obvious plot point of pet death rather quickly and develops into a engaging story.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy One of Stephen King's best in my opinion. It gives really spooky vibes and stayed with me even after I finished the book.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED Addicting....Could not put down! horrifying!
Date published: 2015-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent King Good book to pick up while traveling. Not the best King but still a page turner. Follows the movie closely.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Saw the movie a long time ago. Finally read the book. I don't think you fully appreciate just how much the book is about death, dying and greif until you read the novel. Classic horror. 5 stars.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great to think about after reading. I would recommend this book to people who like that eerie feeling while reading, for the people who like to think about life and death, and for people who are looking for a good place to start getting into the "horror" genre of novels or even to people who just like reading horror books and haven't read this before. I have heard people say this is one of the scariest books they have read!
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Scary! Having read this book 28 years ago as a teenager,I decided to reread Pet Sematery. The story is framed as an eerie version of the biblical tale of Lazarus with the morality of bringing back the dead as its main focus. The tragic tale of the Creed family will have you just a bit more fearful of big trucks on quiet Maine roads. Stephen King is a living legend.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece Of The Macabre... This was the first novel that I ever read from Stephen King, as it not only introduced me to his bizarre world of literature, but it is also still my undisputed favourite from him. Dark, imaginative and suspenseful, this is King at his scariest, as he deals with the inevitable subject matter of death, grief and one’s own mortality. Not for the faint of heart!
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best King book I've read in recent memory. 4.25 stars Louis is a doctor and has moved his family (he, his wife Rachel, his 5-year old daughter Ellie, and his 2-year old son Gage, plus their cat Church) to small town, Ludlow, Maine. Their house is on a busy highway, where big trucks regularly speed past. A bit of a distance behind the house, down a well-kept path, is the "Pet Sematary", where locals often bury their pets. I don't want to give away too much more of the summary, though I know as it is, the summary isn't saying very much. This is the best King book I've read in recent memory; it's harder to compare to the King books I read years ago, though. It just builds and builds to it's horrifying conclusion, and it IS a horrifying conclusion! The book is already rising in my mind on what I'd like to rate it, but I'm going to leave it as is, as this is how I felt I wanted to rate it as I read it. It seems, though, that with time and thinking back on it, it will just get better in my mind.
Date published: 2011-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Indifference Breeds Quitting 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 life near Bangor -- is pretty clever and has enough going on that it should be interesting. They move in, they argue about how to explain death to their children, their cat dies and is born again with a mean streak, then there son Gage dies and all hell breaks loose. It should be creepy (I remember the movie being creepy when I was younger), and it probably would be if I could go on, but I just don't care. When I am reading it I enjoy it well enough (it has been my walking home from jogging book), but once I put it down I don't really want to go back. I'm not sure why, although I think it might be have something to do with it just not frightening me. Indeed, nothing by King frightens me...ever!...and when I am reading a horror I want more than creepy and readable, I want freaky-to-the-core, make-it-hard-to-sleep-late-at-night, compel-me-to-keep-going-in-spite-of-myself scary. And King never seems to do that. Thus ends my third attempt at reading King. I am sure I will try again a few years from now (something always pulls me back), but after book one of The Dark Tower underwhelmed me and Pet Semetary went onto my unfinished shelf, I realized it was time to concede my indifference and move on once again. Sorry King fans...he's just not my bag.
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The thriller of a lifetime This book takes you on the wild adventure of the creeds. Just when you think that something good will happen another twist of gory fate is thrown into come up with a cliffhanger to make you not want to put the book down. Even though i read it in more that one sitting, with every page, and every passage the excitement build until the climax which shocked me so much , i read it three times to make sure what i was reading was correct. I loved it, and will read it again and again. I will be honest the first nite i finished i had nightmares but thats when you know you have a really good thriller book, and one he11 of an author.
Date published: 2004-12-05

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Chapter OneLouis Creed, who had lost his father at three and who had never known a grandfather, never expected to find a father as he entered his middle age, but that was exactly what happened...although he called this man a friend, as a grown man must do when he finds the man who should have been his father relatively late in life. He met this man on the evening he and his wife and his two children moved into the big white frame house in Ludlow. Winston Churchill moved in with them. Church was his daughter Eileen's cat.The search committee at the university had moved slowly, the hunt for a house within commuting distance of the university had been hair-raising, and by the time they neared the place where he believed the house to be -- all the landmarks are the astrological signs the night before Caesar was assassinated, Louis thought morbidly -- they were all tired and tense and on edge. Gage was cutting teeth and fussed almost ceaselessly. He would not sleep, no matter how much Rachel sang to him. She offered him the breast even though it was off his schedule. Gage knew his dining schedule as well as she -- better, maybe -- and he promptly bit her with his new teeth. Rachel, still not entirely sure about this move to Maine from Chicago, where she had lived her whole life, burst into tears. Eileen promptly joined her. In the back of the station wagon, Church continued to pace restlessly as he had done for the last three days it had taken them to drive here from Chicago. His yowling from the cat kennel had been bad, but his restless pacing after they finally gave up and set him free in the car had been almost as unnerving.Louis himself felt a little like crying. A wild but not unattractive idea suddenly came to him: He would suggest that they go back to Bangor for something to eat while they waited for the moving van, and when his three hostages to fortune got out, he would floor the accelerator and drive away without so much as a look back, foot to the mat, the wagon's huge four-barrel carburetor gobbling expensive gasoline. He would drive south, all the way to Orlando, Florida, where he would get a job at Disney World as a medic, under a new name. But before he hit the turnpike -- big old 95 southbound -- he would stop by the side of the road and put the fucking cat out too.Then they rounded a final curve, and there was the house that only he had seen up until now. He had flown out and looked at each of the seven possibles they had picked from photos once the position at the University of Maine was solidly his, and this was the one he had chosen: a big old New England colonial (but newly sided and insulated; the heating costs, while horrible enough, were not out of line in terms of consumption), three big rooms downstairs, four more up, a long shed that might be converted to more rooms later on -- all of it surrounded by a luxuriant sprawl of lawn, lushly green even in this August heat.Beyond the house was a large field for the children to play in, and beyond the field were woods that went on damn near forever. The property abutted state lands, the realtor had explained, and there would be no development in the foreseeable future. The remains of the Micmac Indian tribe had laid claim to nearly eight thousand acres in Ludlow and in the towns east of Ludlow, and the complicated litigation, involving the federal government as well as that of the state, might stretch into the next century.Rachel stopped crying abruptly. She sat up. "Is that -- ""That's it," Louis said. He felt apprehensive -- no, he felt scared. In fact he felt terrified. He had mortgaged twelve years of their lives for this; it wouldn't be paid off until Eileen was seventeen.He swallowed."What do you think?""I think it's beautiful," Rachel said, and that was a huge weight off his chest -- and off his mind. She wasn't kidding, he saw; it was in the way she was looking at it as they turned in the asphalted driveway that curved around to the shed in back, her eyes sweeping the blank windows, her mind already ticking away at such matters as curtains and oilcloth for the cupboards, and God knew what else."Daddy?" Ellie said from the back seat. She had stopped crying as well. Even Gage had stopped fussing. Louis savored the silence."What, love?"Her eyes, brown under the darkish blond hair in the rearview mirror, also surveyed the house, the lawn, the roof of another house off to the left in the distance, and the big field stretching up to the woods."Is this home?""It's going to be, honey," he said."Hooray!" she shouted, almost taking his ear off. And Louis, who could sometimes become very irritated with Ellie, decided he didn't care if he ever clapped an eye on Disney World in Orlando.He parked in front of the shed and turned off the wagon's motor.The engine ticked. In the silence, which seemed very big after Chicago and the bustle of State Street and the Loop, a bird sang sweetly in the late afternoon."Home," Rachel said softly, still looking at the house."Home," Gage said complacently on her lap.Louis and Rachel stared at each other. In the rearview mirror, Eileen's eyes widened."Did you -- ""Did he -- ""Was that -- "They all spoke together, then all laughed together. Gage took no notice; he only continued to suck his thumb. He had been saying "Ma" for almost a month now and had taken a stab or two at something that might have been "Daaa" or only wishful thinking on Louis's part.But this, either by accident or imitation, had been a real word. Home.Louis plucked Gage from his wife's lap and hugged him.That was how they came to Ludlow.Copyright © 1983 by Stephen King

Table of Contents



Part One
The Pet Sematary

Part Two
The Micmac Burying Ground

Part Three
Oz the Gweat and Tewwible

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