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Pet Sematary [Paperback]

Stephen King
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10 Nov 2011

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 down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat.

But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.

A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444708139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444708134
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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King can make the flesh creep half a world away (The Times)

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A perennial classic from Stephen King - timeless and topical, some are on the syllabus of schools and universities.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes "read" is better.... 18 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is probably not the most sophisticated or deeply plotted Stephen King book - it is one of his early works and that shows. Pet Sematary is, however, the most absorbing and haunting novel I have ever read and is full of a black humour that remains with you long afterwards.
The concept is simplicity itself - happy all-American family move to their dream house in rural Maine and make friends with the kindly old couple across the street. This, of course, is the world of Stephen King - so everyone has a secret and nothing is quite as it seems. The one thing you can be sure of is that nobody is likely to live happily ever after...
The book is certainly bleak and not to be recommended if you're feeling depressed ! But, however intense the emotions that it evokes, the joy of meeting some of King's most believable and sympathetic characters and the experience of discovering just what is out there in the woods behind the Creed house are certainly worth it.
I have read this book countless times, but have never forgotton the pleasure of discovering it initially, when every plot development was new. If you are about to read Pet Sematary for the first time I envy you - enjoy !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dead won't sleep.... BEST HORROR BOOK EVER! 12 Sep 2010
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I am an avid reader of horror. I have been reading horror books since I was about 10 years old - I am 28 years old now - and all I can say is that Pet Semetary is simply one of the scariest books I have ever read.

I'm sure you already know the basic storyline: there is an ancient graveyard deep in the woods, and if you bury the dead in this sacred ground, they rise to life again. Then you are into one of the most dark, disturbing and unsettling stories ever written.

Even Stephen King himself has said this was the scariest thing he ever wrote!

I am being honest here: there were times when I was frightened to turn the page to read what would happen next. I literally struggled to carry on reading because the whole thing became SO disturbing to me.

I highly recommend this to any fans of the horror genre... but be warned, it is a dark, sad, horrific story... and don't expect a happy ending! You are warned!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book to die for. 6 July 1999
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Format:Paperback
My advice to you is not to read this book whilst sitting alone in the house at night with only the cat for company because i can guarantee you that you will not be able to sleep.
This is the story of Dr Lous Creed, his wife Rachael and their two children, Ellie and Gage who move from Chicago to Ludlow, Maine. Here they become friends with an elderly couple across the street, Jud and Norma Crandall. One night Jud takes Louis up to the Pet Sematary and beyond to a magicial place, an indian buiral ground. From here on in this is truly Stephen King at his best.
I realised that this was not the best book to take to read on holiday whilst lying on a sundrenched beach, with nothing much to occupy my mind with during the day i found at night my imagination running wild and have to admit to having to sleep with the lights on.
After having read this book ask yourself one question - If you were in the same position as Louis Creed whould you do the same thing?
My answer: Under the circumstances and bearing the state of my mind, then probably yes. Quite a frighting thought.
If you are Stephen King's Number One Fan than this book is a MUST HAVE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing in ways you can't fathom 13 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
It is an on going debate amongst the Stephen King fan base which is his scariest story. For me it's got to be IT, but the two front runners of this arguement are two very different tales. One, of course, is The Shinning. And the other is Pet Sematary. Stephen King himself said that after writing Pet Sematary he felt as if he had finally gone too far - and its easy to see why the thought that. He even went as far as sticking in a drawer and forgetting about it - never supposing it might actually get published. It's that bleak.

Pet Sematary is as far from a thrill-ride as you can get. Its not a knock-down, drag-out roller coaster of suspense and terror. Rather, it is a slow burning, ever escalating cauldron of unease and dread, that is slow to come to the boil, but scolds you when it finally does. Gripping in a way that I have never quite experienced in a book - I can only explain the experience as somewhat similar to the charity work people do with terminally ill children - you know tragedy is inevitable, but you can't leave the side of the characters until everything has been seen through.

The ending is all important to this book, and lynch pins the entire story. If King had got it wrong, the entire book would have been a massive waste of time. As it is, the ending is one of the most memorable I am likely to ever experience; a terrifying crescendo that had me clenching my teeth and squeezing the pages. While reading Pet Sematary, if you think you have the ending guessed, I can tell you now that youre most likely wrong.

Of course there are the typical Stephen King draw backs that you find in every single one of his novels, without fail.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Well i very rarely write reviews of books, as i feel everybody has their own taste, but i'm making an exception for this perticular novel as i have just finished reading it and have been utterly blown away.
I won't describe the plot in too much detail, mainly as its quite hard to go into too much detail without giving it away, but what i will say is this; Louis Creed and his family move into a new house next to a busy main road, and are introduced by a neighbour to a pet 'Semetary' in the woods near the house. But it's no ordinary 'semetary'. I won't say any more than that, but if your a fan of Stephen King then you know what to expect. If your not a fan, then make an exception for this one book. Lots of books describe themselves as horror, but lets face it, very rarely does a BOOK actually scare a reader. But this Book. Wow. If you want a book that will scare you, and leave you utterly disturbed, this is it. Forget 'The Shining', 'It', and all his famous others. This is his most disturbing horror novel.
Numerous times during reading it i had to take a time-out just to get reacquainted with the real world, as it truely sucks you in, all the way from the first page to the shocking climax. And many times i thought i had guessed where it was leading, only to be fooled by twists and turns on every corner.
Its the perfect length, just under 500 pages, so is a comfortable read, isnt too complicated or in-depth. Just a gripping, powerful, and disturbing read. If you want a book that will truely send shivers down your spine, and leave you debating 'what would i do in that situation?', then this is the book for you! Read it. Trust me. You won't be the same again!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, very gripping with awesome twists and turns
Amazing book, very gripping with awesome twists and turns. You think you know where this book is going and then BAM opposite direction! Amazing
Published 7 days ago by Ben Wilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and creepy!
Pet sematary is fantastic! It is also incredibly creepy and sad! Very hard to put down, another fantastic Stephen King book down now onto the next!
Published 19 days ago by Rose Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic King
lassic Stephen King, and a must for any fan, and also a very good introduction for anyone wanting to give King a go and may be 'frightened off' by horror books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Pegster
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read for all Stephen King fans
Having recently got back into reading Stephen King (not read anything by him since Misery in the 90's) I decided I absolutely love his early stuff. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes, dead is better..
As with most Stephen King titles, I have read them before and this was the case with 'Pet Sematary'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paula Mc
3.0 out of 5 stars Pet Sematary
My first Stephen king book. Good read. Not very scary so will try another book from this author. Loved the ending.
Published 2 months ago by Crystal
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One of kings that I dismissed for many years , glad I read it now was pleasantly surprised and horrified
Published 3 months ago by J MORRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
another great Stephen King novel. Any fan of any of his books will live this, it's a little slow to start but gets you hooked and I couldn't put it down
Published 3 months ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
this is the 2nd time i have read this book, the last time was many years ago and i enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time. Stephen king has such a fantastic imagination. Read more
Published 4 months ago by nik
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly gripping read
Another brilliant story from Steven King,
kept me intrigued and keen to find out what happened next.
Highly recommended to anyone, not just Steven King fans.
Published 4 months ago by Mr M Smith
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