Now a major motion picture! Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller is a “wild, powerful, disturbing” (The Washington Post Book World) classic about evil that exists far beyond the grave—among King’s most iconic and frightening novels.
When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better…
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Stephen King has called Pet Sematary the most frightening book he’s ever written. That’s a bold statement, but we’ll co-sign it—because the horror these characters face isn’t a rabid dog or killer car, but the crushing finality of death itself. Soon after moving his family to a small Maine town, doctor Louis Creed learns about a decades-old animal burial ground from his elderly neighbor. After unthinkable tragedy strikes, Louis finds out even more about the town’s creepy history. Unsettling darkness transforms into pure evil, ensnaring Louis’ family in a hideous vortex of gory horror and deep-seated grief and regret.
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Guess what, Stephen King? It IS your scariest book!
This was the first book I ever read by Stephen King, as well as being the first adult novel I ever read. The movie was the main motivator; I loved it! The book is better than the 1989 film version, but not by much! Publishers Weekly agreed with Stephen King about this emotional, supernatural horror story: “The most frightening book Stephen King has ever written!” I 💯 agree!
Stephen King Greatness
It is a true Stephen King novel, enough said.
To me this was the last of Stephen King’s five star novels. Very scary and very readable and enjoyable. Great story. I think both movie adaptations were horrible. Better just to stick with the book.