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Reviews of Pet Sematary (1983)

Review by mrdude (2005-02-15)
Pet Sematary by Stephen King is possibly one of the most horrifying books I have ever read, and yes King did spell cemetery incorrectly on purpose. It starts off when Louis Creed and his wife Rachel, daughter Ellie, son Gage and cat Winston Churchill, move to a small town called Ludlow in an undisclosed state (although it could have been Massachusetts or Vermont according to my web search) to pursue a job Louis got at the local college. Things start seeming a little odd when his neighbor mentions a cemetery that is on the land behind Louis's new house.

The dialogue in this book tends to drone on a bit and the characters do tend to laugh at things that I would not consider quite funny enough to do so. King does tend to overemphasize some points, such as the neighbors southern accent. On a good note, he does seem to really portray peoples thought processes quite well, and makes you like characters that still do things that would upset most people. Unlike some other horror novels that I have read, King does explain most of what is happening and why, rather than assuming the reader might not care. Also, the book builds in tension the longer you read it, to the point where someone suddenly snoring in bed right beside you at 2:00 in the morning when you’re still trying to finish the book might make you feel like turning your face inside out in pure horror. Also I would advise to put the book in the freezer upon completion; otherwise the evil things in the book might get you.

Overall it is a very good book, especially if you’re in for a fright. Hope you enjoy reading it if you do, and umm try not to read it too late at night.

(Review also posted at the IBDoF)

Review by wombat (2004-11-22)
This book scared the pants off of me! It is the only book that I have ever read that gave me serious nightmares.

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