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Pet Sematary (Paperback)

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This book is Stephen King at his finest. Louis Creed, an emergency physician, and his family have moved to a small rural town in Maine, on a lonely stretch of highway that frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. When Church, the Creed family’s cat is killed on the road, their neighbor suggests Louis bury him in the wood beyond the “pet sematary.” By some horrific miracle, Church returns but is changed in a deep and unsettling way. Soon after, Louis’s  young son Gage wanders onto the road… Pet Sematary might just be the scariest book I’ve ever read -- and the most chilling part, it’s based directly on events that happened in King’s life -- namely, moving his family to a small town with a road much like the one in Pet Sematary. Shortly after moving there, they lost their family cat to an accident and not too long after had a close scare in which King’s youngest son, barely 2 years old at the time, began running toward the road. In short, Pet Sematary is perhaps the most gruesome permutation of that dangerous question “what if” and one that King considers to be his most frightening work to date.

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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

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Billy SummersIf It BleedsThe InstituteElevationThe OutsiderSleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of WatchFinders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark TowerItPet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Praise For…

Publishers Weekly The most frightening novel Stephen King has ever written.

Washington Post Book World Wild, powerful, disturbing.

Detroit News A stunner....King gets you to believe the unbelievable.

Pittsburgh Press Unrelenting, convincing...awesome power...his best yet!
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743412285
ISBN-10: 0743412281
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 2002
Pages: 416
Language: English