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      17.04.2010 21:12
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      A gripping though trashy modern american horror

      In one way i really like the premise of Stephen King's "Pet Semetary", even if it has been done before. The book concerns a family move to a small rural american town where there exists a local pet semetary, built on an ancient native american burial ground, that appears to resonate some kind of strange unearthly presence and has developed a reputation for supposedly being able to reanimate dead animals that are buried there, and sure enough, the family's dead cat comes back, seemingly ok, after being taken to the mysterious resting place.

      After the family lose their young son in a terrible traffic accident, the father of the family, racked with grief, and gripped by desperation, begins to wonder what would happen if he were to place his son sacred pagan earth, but things quickly get out of control and take a turn for the nightmarish and sinister.....

      On the other hand, the premise demonstrates a conceit and disdain for the native pagans of the land, in true Christian tradition, but overlooking thos rather odious aspect the book is a fantastic romp through dark horror and unseen satanic menace, with some great scenes of delerious terror deep within the primordial woods,and more than a flavour of romantic 19th century American author Nathaniel Hawthorne's excellent short story "The Young Goodman Brown" about it at the end, if told with none of Hawthorne's eloquence, style or gravitas.

      The book rips off HP Lovecraft's excellent "Herbert West- Reanimator", which in turn arguably takes its direction from Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, and as piece of trashy but engaging american horror Pet Semetary is hugely successful. One of King's best pure horrors, although admittedly that isnt saying a great deal.

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      01.04.2010 11:37
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      Stephen King gives us a great horror novel.

      ---Resurrecting the new year---

      Once upon a time, there was a boy. That boy was me. And really he was 23, so "boy" is hardly fitting. Unless you're old and being derisive. If you are, well, that's just mean. Go away! Anyway, this 23 year old has had a grand old time of it since 2010 creeped round the corner. Death, disease, things going bump in the night (or at the very least in the car while driving along a dual carriage way resulting in shelling out a grand total of all my savings to fix it and STILL having it fail its bloody MOT) have all featured heavily in the first few months (if not days) of this hateful, pestilent and irksome year. This is not only my excuse for being entirely absent from anything review related, but for the miserable mood I have been in since good old January First.

      ---Death is a mystery, burial is a secret---

      On the bright side of things, death and bump in the night type frights are just the topic I'll be reviewing today! Ok well not JUST the topic, but they are very closely linked. After having Stephen King sign a book for me last year (mostly so I could make my friend scream to the point of ear puncture when she opened her Christmas present) I decided that I should read more of his works. Being a huge horror fan I don't know why I never got round to it sooner. King, for anyone who is not aware, is world famous as one of the best horror writers known to man kind having written books such as Misery, Carrie, The shining, The Tommyknockers, The Green Mile, Hearts in Atlantis and IT and tonnes more. Any horror fan should know that all the books mentioned have later been turned into movies with varying success. Go King.

      I decided the next one to read would be Pet Semetary (no, word, that is NOT a spelling error) (ok so it is but there is a reason). Pet Semetary was published in 1983 and rather quickly released in movie format by 1989. Yes, ok, so there was a bit of a gap, but who really cares? I watched the movie adaptation when I was about 11 and I can tell you without shame that it scared the living crap out of me. Probably because I was in bed after an operation and couldn't move to turn it off when my brother got too scared to watch it. Nice eh? Either way, the fear I remembered is why I chose this one to read. Apparently I'm a little masochistic!

      ---Dun dun DUNNNNNN---

      The story surrounds Dr Louis Creed and his family. Louis moves to a new town so as to be close to his new job. The house, big and creepy, happens to be situated next to the local Pet Cemetery (or "Sematary" as Louis observes is written on the sign) where children from the area bury their beloved pets. When the family cat is mowed down on the incredibly dangerous through road right next to the house, Louis's neighbour Jud lets him in on a secret. There is another burial ground behind the Pet Semetary. After quite a trek, Louis lays his cat to rest in this graveyard despite all the bad feelings he has been having about doing so. His feelings are soon proved right.

      At the base of it, we have a tale of an Indian Burial Ground *Cue dramatic music* bringing the dead back to life. Zombies infested with evil. This is the angle the film went for with great effect, bringing a fabulous hack and slash typical 80's horror movie to the general public.

      The novel, however, takes a much more psychological look at things. A lot of what happens within the pages of this book is described in such a way that it could just be the visions of a man loosing his mind after a lot of traumatic events. I got a strong feeling that Louis was constantly battling to decide if what is happening is real. King pushes Louis from trauma into mourning and eventually complete insanity seamlessly, dragging the reader along for a very emotionally uncomfortable ride. Contrary to the hack and slash of the movie, this builds a real atmosphere around the story.

      ---Only you can hear me ---

      The writing is fantastically emotive which was something I never really expected of King. I thought there would have been a lot more blood and guts. There was SOME, but no where near as much as I had expected. Not a bad thing. Instead of blood and guts, King wrenches at your heart. I found myself having to stop reading a couple of times because I was crying too much (tell anyone and I'll beat you). I may have been a tad easy to sway considering the subject matter was, at a few points, death caused by a car accident and my friend had recently died in a car accident. A lot of the grief involved in the story really touched home. I would even go as far to say that this book helped me cope a little as it let me explore the loss of a loved one and allowed the characters to loose their mind with it so that I didn't have to. Strange, but there you go.

      The characters themselves aren't explored in tremendous, tedious depth, but King does plenty back story, dipping into the creed families past to great effect giving enough to let the reader put the pieces together without any real effort. The relationship he develops between Louis and his neighbour Jud, although slowly built, helps draw the reader in even further.

      ---Outward appearances...and stuff---

      If you get the same edition I have, you'll get a little introduction from King himself. I would suggest you read the introduction after you have read the book. Not only will you understand more what King is saying, but it will chill you a little more when he tells you where he got his inspiration for "Pet Semetary".

      Looks wise, the edition I have has a very stylish and modern cover which looks lovely on the shelf, especially if you're new to King since you can then get all his books in the covers that match. Yes, I am aware I am a bit anal about that. In regards to how much you spend on this brilliant novel, £7.99 is the suggested price on the back, but you might be able to pick it up a little bit cheaper online or with in store offers.

      Lastly, a small hint: do not leave this on your bedside table and then invite your friend round for a drink. Not only will the Cava that she proceeds to spill on it turn the pages crinkly and green, there's a good chance she'll spill it on your brand new duvet, 3 DVDs, all over the carpet and then vomit in her sleeping bag. How fabulous.

      ---Sometimes, Dead is better---

      Overall, the story is more than a short, sharp, shock a minute deal. It creates a much deeper kind of fear and emotion that feels more like a constant ache running through from start to finish. There is also just enough blood and gore involved if that's what you are looking for. It is a fantastically well balanced piece and any fan of horror should love this book.

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        03.11.2009 20:06
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        a great book, that I couldnt put down, it will send chills. I guarantee

        Stephen King, born September 21st 1947 in Portland Maine, renound for his horror fiction, science fiction and other books. Bring us Pet Semetary a cleverly written horror novel, that has been a personal favourite of mine for many years.

        The story follows both Louis Creed and his wife Rachel along with his two children Gage and Ellie, and of course her cat Winston Churchill "Church" for short. They have moved there due to Louis new office opening, they soon become friends with the neighbours Jud, with him sort of becoming a father role for Louis who's father died at a young age. Jud warns Louis about the road as it has endless trucks driving chemicals towards the plant.

        Following a string of traumatic events of both a student dying (Victor Pascow) and his ghostly spirit leading him up to the 'semetary' in which he tells him not to cross the barrier, 'no matter how much he feels he needs to' and later on Juds wife Norma suffering a fatal heart attack, luckily Louis manages to save her. It is then that Jud decided to repay Louis in taking him to an 'ancient burial grown' which we later find out, when 'Church' is run over one Thanksgiving while Ellie, Gage and Rachel are away at her parents.

        A day later Church returns after the 'cairn' is performed, but Church has changed, he is what appears to be 'death'. He savagely eats birds and mice. He smells putrid and seems to watch Louis whatever he's doing. But that is the least of the family's problem when one day Gage is tragically hit by one of the trucks when he starts walking. It is then that Louis considers on taking him to the burial ground. But Jud (who feels partly responsible for the death) warns him not to do so, and tells him the story of Timmy Baterman, a boy who died during the first world war, and how his own father shot him and killed himself burning his house down.

        Despite Jude and his own reservation his is too grief stricken to live without his son and buries him in the ground whilst his wife and daughter go and stay with her parents. Gage comes back as a demonic form of his own self, taunting Jud and eventually killing him with one of his fathers scalpels. With his daughter Ellie having a dream earlier about Pascow who tells her that her dad is in trouble. Rachel at once comes home to see that her husband is okay. But Gage also kills her. Louis who is by this point totally insane, kills his son with a dosage of morphine and proceeds to burn down Juds house.

        He then goes on to take his wife to the burial grown stating he left it too late for his son and would not make the same mistake with his wife. After police questions he proceeds home to wait for his wife. It ends with his wife's lifeless corpse coming into the house and whispering 'Darling'

        This book has so much atmosphere it is unbelievable, I suggest you read this and don't watch the film as it does it no justice. The characters are all formed well, but then again you expect this from King, as to me he is pure genius. Jud the friendly neighbour, Pascow sort of the hero and a guardian angel sort of (you get this more in the film). Louis the typical working man, new job providing for his family.

        I would recommend this book to anybody that loves horror, or King himself as this was him at his best in my opinion, its well crafted, amazingly written such detail in everything that he writes about. I couldn't put this down until it was read, and I have since read it more than 5 times. I thurally enjoyed this and I'm sure you die hard horror fans would love it also.

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          20.10.2008 15:41

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          I dare anyone to finish this book without a tear in their eyes.

          So this is the book that Stephen King thinks is his scariest book.

          Review over.

          Ok, if that isn't enough to convince you I'll continue. This is a genuinely terrifying book. It is the kind of book that, although you know the main character is making all the wrong decisions, you also know that you would do the same thing in his place.

          What would you do if your 2-year old son died.

          The story follows a family who moves to a new town, near their home is a cemetery (or sematary) for animals. Just beyond that is another cemetery, but that is the kind of place where things don't stay buried.

          This is without a doubt his scariest book. Any fathers will identify very strongly with the main character. Any women might get a insight into the male mind.

          I dare anyone to finish this book without a tear in their eyes.

          Pure magic. Read it now.

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          15.08.2008 22:47
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          If you enjoy a good horror read, then pick this book up.

          I found this to be a good read but it doesn't really get going until the second half although it does keep you gripped.

          My only gripe was that I wanted to know what happens after the story ends. Although nothing is left unfinished it did feel like something needed to be said with regards to how the charcters carried on. I especially wanted to know how certain things were explained away, like people returning from the dead. I also felt that some things could have been brought to the forefront more, like the daughter having possible psychic powers. It more then hinted at it, as it mentions her dreams and pictures she drew but it doesn't really go into enough detail. I think maybe King was going to include this in the story and changed his mind.

          Some of the storyline and characters are of your staple horror genre, death, elderly people, country bumpkins, possible psychic powers, and love. Although for me this did not detract from the storyline at all.

          The book was first published in 1983 but when reading it could have been written and set in the last year.

          I don't really want to go into too much detail with regards the story line but it is about a family that move for work. Louis Creed gets a job at the university in Maine as doctor of the campus' health centre. He moves there with his wife Rachel and two children, Ellie and Gage. When he starts he new job, Louis begins to experience strange goings on.

          Jud and Norma Crandell live across the road and they all become friends, Louis and Jud having a father/son relationship. It is Jud that tells Louis the true stories of Pet Sematary and points out the dangers.

          The book is very dark in places and of a much more supernatural tone rather then horror. It really is more about the unknown.

          I would recommend reading this, I read it in about 3 days. Still yet to see the film though.

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            12.12.2005 01:01
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            An excellent book, with a typical King cameo performance in the film, he always picks his own parts

            Ok, so with this i watched the film version first, the only one of Stephen Kings that i did, and i was then hooked on his books and films.

            After moving from Chicago to Maine, the Creed family meet an old man who shows them the childrens local animal graveyard, this was the final resting place of the old man's dog "Spot".

            About 50 years earlier, Jud Crandall (the old man) buried his dog in the old indian burial ground, which was claimed to be "sour" land.

            It all gets going when Church, the cat gets run over by one of the trucks that speed along in between the Creed and Crandall households whilst the little girl, Ellie was visiting her grandparents. Judd shows Louis Creed the place of "sour" ground, and told louis to "bury his own". This i feel is to make a statement of responsibility for what you create as a result.

            Church comes home, the following morning, and Louis is shocked to find a dead mouse land in his bath.

            A cyclist called Victor Pascow is killed, and dies in the surgery where Louis worked as a doctor, then Gage, the little boy dies by being hit by a Truck whilst chasing a kite into the road.

            Louis has a fight with his father-in-law at Gages funeral, which certainly does add tension and depth to a sad storyline.

            Louis decides to bury Gage in the Burial Ground, even though at this point Victor Pascow is haunting him, to try and warn him of the dangers, and that the ground is "sour". Louis takes no notice and digs up Gage and buries him...

            Gage comes back looking very different, and starts causing mayhem with his fathers scalpel, first by stabbing his mother, Rachel. In the end Louis injects Church to kill him, and enters the house to find his friend Judd Crandall who gets sliced at the ankle to knock him over, then his mouth, then stabbed repeatedly by a 3 year old... a very graphic part of this book.

            In the end he injects Gage, but takes his wife to the Burial Ground... the book and film end slightly differently but basically Louis Creed disappears.

            i know this was a long review, but i enjoyed the book so much i had to point out as much as i could to share with you, thankyou for reading!!!

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              01.08.2004 01:40
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              • "Won't convert those who dislike King's works"

              Considering that, in recent years at least, Stephen King has become increasingly hit-and-miss in delivering his horror classics, the late eighties proved to be something of a purple-patch for the veteran American author. 1987?s The Eyes Of The Dragon signalled a fairly radical one-off change for King, both in writing style and in genre, though the end result was a highly atmospheric and innovative fantasy tale. Later that year came Misery; a gut-wrenching lesson in pure horror, featuring one of King?s trademark psychotic villains. And finally, we have Pet Sematary, which was something of a return to common ground for the author ? another example of the spooky, supernatural-thriller. But could Stephen King continue his run of good form? So it was published back in 1988 but is actually set eight years previous to this date. The story focuses on thirty-five year-old Louis Creed, as well as his wife Rachel, five year-old daughter Ellie and baby son Gage. Things start out with the level of equilibrium you would expect ? the family have just arrived at their new home, having swapped the busy city life of Chicago for a quieter, somewhat more secluded abode in Ludlow, Maine. The Creed?s soon meet their new neighbours, the elderly couple of Jud and Norma Crandall, who are eighty and seventy-eight respectively. Despite the considerable age gap and generation divide, Louis can?t help but take a liking to old Jud, and the pair soon find sharing a few beers on the Crandall porch to be a regular event in the evenings. Louis finds himself in awe of the energy level and knowledge his elderly neighbour possesses, and in time they develop a strong bond. One thing in particular that Louis uncovers from one of his many talks with Jud is of a path that lies behind his house, which l
              eads up to a graveyard for pets who had died in the area of Ludlow dating from the early 20th Century onwards. Jud tells of how the kids of the town had kept the place in use right down the years ? a pet cemetery, or ?Sematary? as the children had spelt it. He explains to young Ellie that there is no harm in going up to the graveyard, provided she doesn?t stray off the path and into the woods beyond. But that?s okay; deadfall blocks the route forward anyhow? And so the scene is set, with the Creed family settling rather nicely into their new Ludlow lifestyle. A few weeks pass and Louis takes up his new role as a medical Doctor at the nearby University, and talk about a baptism of fire ? his first day brings a young male jogger, dragged in by his friends after a car had ran into him and jarred him against a tree. Closer inspection reveals some truly horrendous injuries; it?s a minor-miracle that the student, Victor Pascow, is still alive at all. To the Doctor?s astonishment, Pascow begins talking to him in his dying moments, giving him a warning ? not to cross the ?barrier? of the deadfall, and that the place he had been to was not the real cemetery? ?The real cemetery, he discovers, is an ancient Micmac burial ground, which lies roughly three miles into the woods. Jud shows him this place of awesome, almost mesmerising power one night and explains that animals buried there return from the dead. But the catch is, the animals don?t return quite right ? they carry a permanent and overpowering smell with them, waddle about drunkenly, and stare out with their dead eyes, revealing occasional and fleeting looks of evil. All present, but no quite correct. It?s a horrifying thought, but Louis simply cannot stop himself considering whether any humans had actually been buried in the Micmac grounds that lay hidden deep within the foreboding
              woods, and how they might act following their resurrections? Pet Sematary doesn?t manage to conjure up the same level of prolonged tension as the likes of Misery, instead opting to start slowly (as many of King?s novels do) and build up as the story develops. Many would argue that the first half of the book is just another example of Stephen King bombarding the reader with unremarkable and irrelevant details ? I felt this approach was particularly detrimental to The Shining as it meant the story took an absolute age to really become interesting, but Pet Sematary succeeds much more in this area due to its excellent characters, clear plotline and the feeling that a specific atmosphere is being created, with the reader being directly involved in its development. For starters, the characters of Louis and (even more so) Jud, are simply superb. As Louis gets to know his neighbour, so too does the reader ? it?s difficult not to become rather fond of the eighty year-old and his mannerisms over time, and consequently, this element of the lead characters? relationship is convincingly dealt with. Louis? emotionally-charged relationship with his wife typically has its ups and downs, but his children are also relevant and not overly-twee ? not always easy to judge in a story of this nature. The story as a whole flows noticeably more freely than the majority of Stephen King?s other works ? it?s fairly long at 424 pages, but there are few if any sections that I felt dragged on too long or would begin to bore the reader. The text wouldn?t appear to be dumbed-down in comparison to his other books, so possibly the setting and basic ideas are good enough to maintain a certain degree of interest and enthusiasm by themselves. The storyline makes up for the general lack of scares with a clear and wickedly clever premise, one of the best plots in any Kin
              g novel to date. Certainly, some sections are quite predictable, but they tend to work in a you-know-something-they-don?t manner, and thus use this method to create some genuine tension. King once again opts to branch the story off into several strands during the latter stages, and it all builds towards a horrifying and absolutely hair-raising finale, that remains totally compelling right up until the final line of the short-but-chilling Epilogue. Should youngsters read Pet Sematary? Well, no they probably shouldn?t is the simple answer. For starters, anyone who thinks ?cemetery? begins with an ?S? will probably run into a fair few problems as the general vocabulary is aimed at a more adult-orientated audience, not to mention the language becoming rather colourful at times too. Content-wise, there is for once very little gore or violence to speak of (rather a far cry from the aforementioned Misery I?m sure you?ll agree!) until the very climax of the tale, so in this respect it is very much a psychologically-based thriller, with a fair dollop of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. It takes a fair while before it really delivers the scares, but all-in-all, Pet Sematary is a top-draw horror title. An eerie ?n? excellent storyline and strong characters are its main attributes, and though it seems unlikely to convert those who dislike King?s writing style, it will undoubtedly please his fans. Highly recommended.

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                If you are a regular reader of my opinions, by now you will know that my specialist subject (as they say on Mastermind) are books by Stephen King. I say books, rather than films, as some of the adaptations of his work lose so much in transfer onto the big screen. Pet Sematary is one such film. Luckily I had read the book first, then the film came out many years later and whilst the story followed exactly the same plot I was really disappointed, it did not conjure up the same feelings of sheer horror as the book did, or maybe my imagination is better than the film makers. I also think it was a big mistake to use the actor that played Herman Munster in such a film as I kept waiting for him to make me laugh..and believe you me, neither the film or the book is any laughing matter! Louise Creed is a doctor , and after getting a job at the university near Ludlow, Maine, he along with his wife and two children move house to be nearer his work The location of the house holds the key to the whole book, at the front of the house is a road which heavy oil tankers frequently travel down at some speed, and at the back of the house is a woody trail that leads to an ancient Indian burial ground , where over the years people have turned it into a Pet Sematary, for their beloved animals, especially road kill. Not long after moving into the house they discover the Pet Sematary as it seems to lure them there with voices and illusions so, when their beloved cat dies they bury it in the Sematary. Amazingly enough, the cat turns up alive a few days later-it seems to have been resurrected from the dead, by the ground itself. However, all is not well with the cat as it’s vicious behaviour now shows. Amazed and bewildered by this resurrection, the Sematary brings new meaning to the small town of Ludlow and the Creed Family, and when Louis’s little boy, Gage, becomes a victim of the road outside his house, consummed with grie
                f he turns to the Pet Sematary and buries him there, that is only after having him already buried, and digging him up from a Christian burial ground. Does Gage come back to life? You BET he does! Does his attitude change like the cat's? What happens to the Creed's? Read this book by Stephen King and you will be on the edge of you seat with chills.

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                  Pet Sematary is a bit of a strange old book, and that's saying something for a Stephen King story. On one hand it's a good and scary basis for a spine-chilling tale, on the other you can tell what's coming from a mile off which nullifies the suspense aspect somewhat. However, without further ado, here is the basic plot, cut cruelly short before you get to spot the awful inevitability. Dr. Louis Creed moves with his family from the Windy City of Chicago into the rural setting of Maine. He's pleased with the choice. This is somewhere safe for their children to play and grow. Plenty of places to explore. Especially the wood just tucked up behind the house. There was even a cleared path into the thick of it, flattened by the feet of local children who have taken the lifeless bodies of their beloved pets to their special place. The burial ground. Here the innocent and sad headstones mark the graves of their animals, who were loving placed into the hallowed ground with that certain pomp and ceremony that children bring to such occasions. They know this is a special place. A very special place. Louis' family are about to find out how special... As I said before, this storyline has a tremendous potential for being terrifyingly gripping, but I just knew what was going to happen. The twist in the middle of the story DID catch me sickeningly unawares, and from that moment on, I read this with an awful dread. I'm guessing that that is what spoiled my "enjoyment" of this horror story, I was really, very uncomfortable with it. I know that Stephen King would be rubbing his hands at the very thought, but I prefer just plain scared to the fear that this particular tale brought me. I couldn't say whether the film does this book any justice, because I couldn't bring myself to watch it. As far as the book goes, it's written to his usual excellent standard, it certainly al
                  lows you to suspend your disbelief, the characters (especially the old man that they befriend, Jud Crandall) are hugely likeable and very believable, and it found yet another raw nerve in my psyche (biological mix of metaphors, but I'm sure you get my drift) that I previously hadn't considered. Yet another to add to the list of an excellently scary read.

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                    I got this book out from the library because I had never read a stephen king book before and I wanted to know if he was as good as my brother told me. Well...my opinion was...he is EXCELLENT. This is my favourite book in the whole entire world (that I have read so far!) and could read it over and over again. I am trying to find the book to buy now as I want to read it again (for about the sixth time!). I wouldn't exactly say this book was scary but I would call it strangely chilling and gives you very clear visual images (so do not read it if you get freaked out easily!)

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                    Everyone knows about this particular story, for those who don’t, here’s a short summary in short: Behind the new house of Lovis Creed and his family lies a sematary for pets, but beyond that is a lesser known and more feared sematary which was an ancient burial ground with magic of it’s own. Whilst his wife and children are away, the family cat gets run over and he gets told by his neighbour about the other sematary and the cat after burial comes back to life, but (obviously) isn’t too happy about it and so on until it gets normal to bury all his dead in the alternative sematary. My question is, is he a concerned father who wants to keep his daughter happy, who would be distraught to find her beloved pet cat dead or was he thinking that he would be blamed for the death of the cat and wouldn’t be the best dad in the world anymore (as far as the daughter was concerned)? I found this book, although entertaining, not unpredictable. I enjoyed the book, but I also like to find an element of surprise or horror. Not Stephen Kings best, but an early one, so I’ll let him off.

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                    Of all the Steven King novels I read, "Pet Sematary" and "misery" are the ones I remember best, particularly the former. This novel is a great piece of fiction and still is. I think that anyone who enjoy's science fiction horror especially will enjoy this novel The plot is about the Creed family who move into a new house. Behind the house is a pet cemetery for pets that have been killed on the busy road or died of other causes but beyond the pet cemetery lies a different kind of cemetery which is part of an ancient Indian burial ground. When Ellie Creed's cat is run over on the road friendly neighbor Judd Crandall tries to help by showing Louis Creed the secrets of the land beyond the pet cemetery but the results are not good. I enjoyed the ending, how it left the reader to decide some of the things. I hope Stephen King will continue to write such great novels, I really enjoy reading them. But then you wouldn't expect anything else from this master of horror. P.S I'd suggest going out and buying a night light when you're done with this book, because you ARE going to need it....

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                    This is vintage King, with the suspense slow, savored, and inexorable, with all the little familiar and ironic touches King is master of. Creed, for example, pays for his son's funeral with a MasterCard. Possibly the best thing about the book is that the ending is inevitable and known almost instinctively early in the book, but the reader simply cannot help finding out how Creed gets there, and breath is held almost the entire way. King fans will love it. . . . A great read for cold winter nights, and you have to be dead not to be able to booktalk it (no pun intended).

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                      Stephen King gets REALLY dark. I mean really really shockingly dark....Ive read most of King's books over the years and this is the one that stands out as a really, really nasty piece of work.....which is what horror writing is all about. Pet Semetary belongs in the King 'Golden Age' along with 'it' 'The TommyKnockers' and 'Misery', when he was at his creative best. The story concerns a young family who move to Maine (surprise surprise) on the outskirts of a vast wood - when something dreadful happens to their cat, an unusual solution is found and the cat is restored to life once more......a terrible road accident has horrendous consequences and armed with his newfound knowledge Louis Gage does something truly terrible...... Honestly, this book has probably the most chilling ending Ive ever read - it left me really quite shocked. If youve never read a Stephen King book before, I wouldnt recommend this one first off, as it is a bit strong - but for seasoned King fans, if you havent already, then DO read this.

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