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La famille Creed Louis médecin sa femme Eileen leur fille Rachel le bébé Gage et leur chat viennent emménager dans la petite ville de Ludlow dans une grande maison ancienne Louis fait la connaissance du vieux Jud Crandall son voisin d'en face ui lui montre le uartier et particulièrement un petit cimetière aux animaux avec sa pancarte mal orthographiée créé par les enfants de la ville Un jour le chat se fait écraser Creed décide de l'enterrer avant ue les enfants ne découvrent le désastre et demande de l'aide à Jud Pendant u'ils enterrent le chat le vieil homme lui raconte à demi mots une légende ui court sur ce cimetière Puis le chat revient Vivant Mais pas tout à fait le même Et c'est alors u'un nouveau drame surgit


10 thoughts on “Pet Sematary

  1. says:

    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 unparalleled to any I've had in the scope of reading thus far Side note Michael C Hall was the most excellent narrator for this What likely was a 4 star read initially became a 5 star with no second thought If you haven't experienced this version I cannot recommend it highly enoughRather than a gory blood and guts type of horror this is a slow burning ueasy unease that explodes in the final chapters The suspense nearly did kill me; by the final 25% I found myself wringing my hands and grinding my teeth preparing myself for the inevitable that I knew was coming deep down ever since the beginning I don't think I could have fully appreciated what King intended to accomplish with this novel if I'd read it before having children of my own That's not to say that people without kids won't appreciate this as highly just as statement in my own personal journey Only King can accomplish so much horror with so little bloodshed I finished this days ago but have held off on reviewing until now because I feel like I'm still processing and I can't stop thinking about everything that occurred to this family I had spent so much time prior to reading this book in preparing myself for the big things that I was completely taken aback by how connected I became to the Creed family This is why the detailed slow burn; if I didn't care about this family their neighbors and the town in general why would what happens at the end stick with me for the long haul? Oh sure I would have gasped and guffawed at the disturbing nature of the plot but I wouldn't have been emotionally invested If you've been hiding under my big rock for the past few decades and are just catching up on your Stephen King backlog like me I highly recommend picking this up It's not just about the scares with this one but the contemplation on how grief can turn any of us into a monster By far the best audible book I've chosen yet


  2. says:

    Cause what you buy is what you own And what you own always comes home to youLouis 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 diesIt's no secret that Pet Sematary is my favourite King book but this is the case for a number of different reasons When I first started reading horror I couldn't imagine words on a page actually scaring me I always felt like I needed something visual to keep me up at night Then I found Pet Sematary I'd never had an experience before where I actually felt scared to turn the page this was of course in the climax at the end of the novel My heart was racing my palms felt sweaty I just kept thinking There's no way this book is going to go THAT dark clearly I didn't really know King yet And then it did And a King junkie and Constant Reader was born IT was my first King but Pet Sematary was where I became hookedNB Plenty of spoilers aheadNow it's time to get personal grief and loss has been a huge part of my life When I was younger my dad was diagnosed with MS a debilitating disease that uite literally drained the life from him in front of our eyes I guess this is similar in some ways to the Zelda and Rachel storyline apart from the fact that my dad was never angry or resentful over his illness or if he was he never showed it in front of me He progressively got and ill over time losing his ability to speak walk eat Death was ultimately a relief But what about those who are left behind? It's strange because even though I was only 10 when he died which is around 18 years ago there are still days or times when the unrelenting grief can come out of nowhere and floor me The loss of a parent is something you never get over it is simply something you learn to live with The only thing that can possibly be worse is the loss of a child King's depiction of the grief and loss that both Louis and Rachel go through is so accurate it hurts This book really resonated with me on a deep level as I had never before read such a harrowing and realistic outlook on death and loss There are so many passages that I've made a note of and will revisit over and over againThe way King crafted a book that is terrifying and heartbreaking in eual measures will never fail to astound me Because this book IS terrifying to lose someone is terrifying to have to try to move on is terrifying for them to come back different is also terrifying Sometimes on instagram I will see people criticising Louis' decisions or making out that he's a bad parent and it makes me want to scream Grief and loss does not allow for rational thinking It does not allow for good judgement It can be all encompassing to the point where you feel like you can't breathe I defy anyone to tell me that if in a similar position you wouldn't even consider it not forgetting the fact that there are other forces at work here I know I would Couple that with the overwhelming devastation and loss and your decision is pretty made So to label Louis as a bad parent is absolutely ridiculous to me Don't get me wrong there was Ellie to consider he still had that to live for but in those heady initial days following such a heartbreaking loss rational thinking ain't happeningIt's a bit of a slow build this book but the pay off is worth it I enjoyed getting to know the Creeds watching them form friendships with the Crandalls across the road All the good stuff you know before shit hits the fan And when shit hits the fan it is almost too much to take Gage's little Star Wars shoe in the middle of the road the cap full of blood Images that send chills down my spine Then the unbearable dread as Louis digs up that coffin not knowing what exactly he is going to be presented with The way Louis initially thinks that Gage has no head as there is a dark moss covering his face THIS IS THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES The little figure appearing in Louis' room as he sleeps the child's laughter that Jud can hear Ellie having these vivid dreams and knowing that her family is in danger This is really a masterclass in how to craft well written piss your pants horror I bow to you Sai King Some of King's best writing in here and one of his best endings too There's also some unforgettable characters in Louis Creed Jud Crandall Victor Pascow and Zelda PUH LEASE can I find a Jud Crandall that can act as a father figure to me?? The adaptation for this book is also pretty decent Louis is a hot dad Fred Gwynne was born to play the role of Jud Zelda will trigger a cold sweat to run down your backI could uite honestly write an entire thesis on Pet Sematary so I'll end it here All I'll say is this if you didn't feel something when reading this book you need to check yourself insert sassy emoji Always my number 1 King book 5 stars from me obviouslyUpdate listened to audiobook in AprilMay 2018 Incredible narration by Michael C Hall Still 5 stars ObviouslyUpdate 2 reread in March 2019 in anticipation of the new movie Somehow loved it even


  3. says:

    Sometimes dead is betterFirst read mid 1990s – 5 StarsRe read June 2020 – 5 StarsTwo things about this book1 It is one of two Stephen King books I finished in one sitting the other being The Dead Zone2 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 awakeIn 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 have listened to other book intros of his and it seems to be a common theme that he almost didn’t finish or submit a book Maybe that is just his usual explanation to increase the drama going into the book One of the intros it was to his written as Richard Bachman novel Blaze said he didn’t submit the book for publication originally because it is not that great Blaze is one of my favorites of his so I guess King is his toughest critic Makes me wonder what other great ideas he has scrapped that we may have missed out onThis is King in his prime Pet Sematary is the perfect blend of character building suspense supernatural gore horror and gut wrenching shocks Like his other novel Cujo some of the developments might be hard for readers to swallow You may even curse King’s name for doing this to you But as a reader I am searching for shocking and memorable roller coaster rides and that is exactly what I got with this book Do not start this book expecting to ride in the slow lane or that you might be in for just a little scare The reality is this book may give you nightmares and make it hard to sleep at night You may never look at your pets the same way again Each time you drive by or visit a graveyard you may get a chill you have never felt before This book will get into you and will not let go I often get asked where a reader should start if they want to try out King Pet Sematary is a pretty good place to start ayuh but it might be a little too much for some to handle


  4. says:

    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 RamonesOkay 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 are a few differences in the book and movie they both rock monkey butt The book didn't scare me at all for some reason I think because of the said 6 million 5 hundred and 8 times that I have seen it that maybe it acclimated me to the book Although the movie is still creepy as hell I totally freaked at the introduction to the book Mr King tells about moving to said place teaching at the school they had a cat named Smucky their son was running to the road chasing the kite string like in the movie but uh didn't get killed And some other things It was like a whole new little world right there for me that he actually wrote this based on some home stuff Remember in the book where Jud the wonderful neighbor takes them out to the Pet Sematary? SMUCKY THE CAT one crate board marker proclaimed The hand was childish but careful HE WAS OBEDIANTOkay so there was a real I wonder if it's still there? Pet Sematary and their cat Smucky is buried there and that is what Mr King's daughter wrote I mean I can't even I want to go visit there now and see if the place is still there So wonderful Jud from across the road has a great friendship with Louis and the kids a little iffy with Rachel Anyway Jud is the one that has Louis bury Church the cat when he gets hit on that damn road all of those crazy trucks would fly down But little did Louis know that Church was going to come back even when the poor boy from the school Pascow who got hit by a car and killed came back as a ghost to warn Louis Why don't people just listen? So now Church is back home and he isn't the same any But the family didn't find out anything happened to him while they were out of town They just think he's weird and stinks when they get home Uh yeah So then it all goes to hell in a hand basket Gage is killed on the road and in the movie you get to see who presides over the funeral Yup the King and then don't do it don't to it He does it Louis takes Gage to the Pet Sematary and yeah Gage isn't the same when he comes back He kills Jud Damn it all and Ellie had been having bad dreams about her daddy so Rachel comes home and goes to Jud's house and she gets killed because Gage isn't Gage any And Louis finally takes out Church and Gage but does he learn from his lesson? Nooooooooooooooo he takes and buries Rachel in the Sematary Well you can use your imagination for the rest of that one This was an awesome book to read for Halloween time or any time really but it's extra special at Halloween ♥MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List


  5. says:

    I absolutely LOVED rereading Pet Sematary It has filled my whole heart with nostalgic glee King's masterful storytelling is on full display within these pagesClassic King is definitely my comfort place It's where I choose to live This beloved story was even enjoyable the second time throughWhen Dr Louis Creed decides to move his growing family from Chicago to Maine he could never guess how much that one decision could impact their lives Like another good 'doctor' before him Victor Frankenstein Louis is about to discover the hard way thatThis is really such an incredible story King's writing draws you in and holds on until the bitter end As with many of his tales there is an overriding feeling of dread and an ominous atmosphere that seeps through every page It gets in your mind and stays thereThe first time I read this I was in high school It was the early 90s and this was one of the scariest books I had ever read I am in 40 now and this is still one of the scariest books I have ever read In 1983 when this was originally published I can imagine that it was heralded as a ground breaking piece of horror fictionIn addition to still loving all of the characters I picked up on a lot of details this time around that I don't recall noticing the first time As an alumna of the University of Maine at Orono where Dr Creed takes a position as head of the student health center I really enjoyed reading the small sections of the story that took place on campusSide Note The incident he describes with the fraternity boys who were brought in after crashing their toboggan gave me a good chuckle You see my husband's fraternity was at the top of the hill facing the old steam plant The one with the cannon replicas on it We used to do all sorts of things on that hill including sledding snowboarding and even 'slip n sliding' in the summer Yes injuries ensued Another detail I picked up on this time around that I either didn't understand on the first go or had simply forgotten was all of the references to the legend of the 'wendigo' When I was in high school I may have assumed this was something King made up instead of a reference to an actual mythical man eating creature straight out of Algonuin folklore You see we didn't have Google at that timeAnd although I cringed during all scenes related to Church he was treated so unfairly I am so happy with this reread I can definitely picture myself picking this up again and again for years to come An definitive classic


  6. says:

    ”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 deliberate evils until finally blackness seems to cover everything And the most terrifying uestion of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful staring unrelenting sanity”In the introduction to this edition Stephen King manages to start the tingles and shivers running up and down my back before I ever read a word of the novel When a writer like Stephen King says this is the book he wrote that scared him the most I wonder if I am going to be opening a door in my own mind that I would rather keep triple padlock with the key lost in a different dimension We’ve all speculated about all the horrors that are fighting for space in King’s mind How does he sleep at night? I’m just a dabbler but I will tell you that my thought is he sleeps very well as long as he is able to write each day Whenever I am being harassed by a story or even maybe just a compelling character I will find no peace until that concept or character is committed to paper well pixels The reason that King finished this book and his initial reaction to the story was to slam it into a drawer and forget it about it is because the plotting of the novel intersected with his life in real time His daughter her cat and the place they were living when he wrote the novel are all captured in the suiggles of his prose When he finished he realized he had written a novel he wasn’t sure he should have brought into being Can a novel become reality?The nightmares in this novel are too personalIt makes perfect sense to me to feel compelled to stab a sharp stake through the heart of a manuscript When Dr Louis Creed moves his family from Boston to rural Maine he certainly has preconceived notions about what it will be like to live in the country Of course I grew up in the country and I could have told Louis that there are many hazards for children pets and even adults in the country Leaving Boston behind might have felt like escaping the perils of the city but all he did was jump from one frying pan into another The semi trucks barrelling down the highway outside their house are not only loud but also pushing the pedal to the metal They are rolling tanks; only a tank’s top speed is 45 miles per hour while a semi on a flat road can go about as fast it wants to go The other problem Dr Louis Creed has is that he doesn’t realize he is a character in a Stephen King novelNever good Never good at allThere is a Pet Cemetery spelled Sematary not far from their house It is a spooky place but beyond the edges of the cemetery is where things get really interesting The neighbor 80 year old Jud Crandall fills Louis in on the local lore “‘The Micmacs believed this hill was a magic place’ he said ‘Believed this whole forest from the swamp on north and east was magic They made this place and they buried their dead here away from everything else Other tribes steered clear of it—the Penobscots said these woods were full of ghosts’”There is talk that if something is buried there it will Sometimes dead is better and states that the place has a power its own evil purpose But what if something is telling you to go there? What if you wake up in the morning with your head full of restless dreams and caked mud on the bottoms of your feet? This can’t really be happening to Louis There must be a sensible explanationThere is no one rational about death than Doctor Louis Creed but death is easy to be rational about until someone you love dies and you start to believe there is another option The basic structure of the plot will be sussed out by readers fairly early in the book They will know where things are heading “It’s the road It uses up a lot of animals that road does Dogs and cats mostly but that ain’t all” The devil is in the details The real horror is in the growing terror surrounding each new decision The slow degradation of the Creed family of rationality and even joy kept sending chills down my back Irresistible temptation always seems to be wrapped in evil ”Let them be anything but the creatures which leap and crawl and slither and shamble in the world between Let there be God let there be Sunday morning let there be smiling Episcopalian ministers in shining white surplices but let there not be these dark and draggling horrors on the nightside of the universe”Wishes coming true can be the real horror What Stephen King does very well is create situations even implausible situations and convinces us that WE can be in the middle of something this insidious We don’t feel like these things are happening to other people We feel like we are smack dab in the middle of all the horror ”Death is a mystery and burial is a secret”Highly recommended If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  7. says:

    That ending thoughThis ended up being very different than what I expected The less you know about it the better


  8. says:

    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 deliberate evils until finally blackness seems to cover everything And the most terrifying uestion of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful staring unrelenting sanity In my teens Stephen King has crafted my nightmares I am masochistically glad to say that in my adulthood that has not changedHe had been responsible for my bedtime routine Close all doors bathroom closet Check under bed a terrifying prospect as it stands Make sure blanket is firmly tucked in at the feet who knows what creatures might reach up to grab or nibble on them Make sure blanket is firmly tucked in on all sides so that only the head is exposed And still all that preparation for the battle that is bedtime is nigh useless as the nightlights cast shadows that turn into shadowy creatures in the depths of night Glints of light cast upon objects are spun by a restless mind into monstersIt has been years since I've read a Stephen King book That's because my attention span is much shorter now It craves the uick denouément a fast paced plot Action action action I confess that this book did plod along in some parts for me but despite all that there is no doubt in my mind that King is a master at building atmosphere He is tremendously skilled at crafting characters at making them human at making them relatable in their poignancy with moments like a father explaining the inevitability of death to his young child I think we can all relate to that moment He held her and rocked her believing rightly or wrongly that Ellie wept for the very intractability of death its imperviousness to argument or to a little girl’s tears; that she wept over its cruel unpredictability; and that she wept because of the human being’s wonderful deadly ability to translate symbols into conclusions that were either fine and noble or blackly terrifying If all those animals had died and been buried then Church could die any time and be buried; and if that could happen to Church it could happen to her mother her father her baby brother To herself Death was a vague idea; the Pet Sematary was realIn the texture of those rude markers were truths which even a child’s hands could feel I would say half the book isn't a horror in a traditional sense but an exploration of human grief and behavior and human nature itself can be uite terrifyingThat isn't to say that this book isn't filled with moments that makes a chill run down your spine The wind pushed and pulled its fingers through his hair and for a moment the old childlike fear of the dark rushed through him making him feel weak and small and terrorized Was he really going into the woods with this corpse in his arms passing under the trees where the wind walked from darkness into darkness? And alone this time? I've long since outgrown my nightly monster prepping ritual but I know tonight I won't be sleeping easily “I brought you something Mommy” he screamed “I brought you something Mommy I brought you something I brought you something”


  9. says:

    455 ⭐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 it But thank the Almighty Divinity up there for the film I actually enjoyed the film than I expected but it was good because it was different from the book and it helped me remember better because my brain has its own way of functioning and processing don't askI am not going to talk about plots and plot twists and also I am not going to talk that much about the characters either But I do want to talk a bit about one of the characters though First off I want to say that after seeing the film the image of Louis Creed the main character has somehow grown on me When I was reading the book I must confess that I didn't feel a real connection towards any of the characters maybe at some point even despise them a little And Louis Creed is not an exception I actually felt like he was warmer in the film than it was in the book And I had this impression about all of the characters to be completely honest Maybe I was insensitive three years ago when I read the book Or maybe not Who knows? I'm still pretty insensitive thoughBecause I remember feelings sometimes better than words I must say that this book had some very intense passages that managed to raise the hair on the back of my neck To make you understand what I’m saying I have prepared a nice story for you one that is actually real as it comesI have a small house at the countryside typical Romanian you know with Persian rugs and a terracotta stove and a dim lightbulb that annoys you than actually helps you see It was the Easter evening my folks were outside preparing the grill for the barbecue and I was all alone in my bed reading this book clearly running away from responsibility As I said the light was kind of stupidly annoying the stove was cracking from time to time and sometimes someone was making weird noises from outside like crashing things or something clumsy like that Apart from that everything was semi shadowy and uiet The passage I was reading right at that moment was the one when Rachel Louis' wife was describing the last time she saw her sick sister alive before she died I remember that scene as ‘the closet scene' King created a masterpiece out of that scene It felt so real and so immediate that I started looking at my own closet in the room and praying not to see some inhumanly claws creeping from between the doors In that particular moment I felt a chill going down my spine and my heart started somehow racing I actually yelled for my mother too and she actually came to check on me like I was some kind of baby she rolled her eyes and left after I told her why I summoned her but at least she cameGiving the fact that the book has some mysticism spice I think it is worth a shot just for the glimpse of a myth And maybe who knows? The individual research could go on and maybe even discover something new interesting and exciting because as I always say we always have something to learn from a book even if we have only a tiny detail that grabbed our attention Everything is worth knowing Even if it comes from a horror novel Just make it enjoyable Everything comes from within


  10. says:

    Sometimes dead is betterKING 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 storyWhile 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 than one horribly shocking event that will blow your mindTake heed if you're new to reading horror as this one will make your skin crawl and keep you from taking a walk in the woods anytime soonespecially if your cat is nearbyIT is still my favorite scary KING thriller especially the old movie but Pet Sematary did I say it was shocking is a close second andsometimes dead is better UPDATE October 16 2015 WARNING DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE TOTALLY CREEPED OUT THE VISUAL OF THE SISTER FLASHBACK SCENE ALONE IS MORE HORRIFYING THAN THE ENTIRE BOOK