Book Review, Horror

Stephen King Review: Pet Sematary



Sometimes dead is better….When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.


TL:DR at the bottom

With the film coming out next year, and it being the perfect season for it, I thought I would blow the dust off my Stephen King review series and kick it off again with Pet Sematary.

I have mentioned on this blog a lot that I am not the biggest fan of Stephen King. I find him a little trope-y, long winded and at times, more than a little silly. But when it comes to his early work you can see why he became such a big name.

And even though I am not a big fan, I will say Pet Sematary is a masterpiece. Yes, this is better than Carrie, The Shining and IT, in my opinion, and it doesn’t get the love it deserves. Sure, it has a film and a remake coming out but it isn’t as famous as the ones I just listed. I really don’t understand why.

Pet Sematary properly delivers in the scares. It has some actual scary imagery and it uses it very well. The premise is simple and it has a similar theme to The Shining, a man being driven to madness. I think it is done a little better in this book though. I absolutely love Jack Torrance from The Shining but he was already a jerk before he got to the hotel. It just made him worse. With Pet Sematary it is a loving husband who is being called by the cemetery to try to bring his lost loved ones back to life. It is a lot more tragic. It also has wonderful things like ghosts, creepy kids and the undead to add to the scare factor. I think this book contains all of the famous King tropes but does them all perfectly. It is also wonderfully fast paced.

I will admit that, true to King fashion, it has some silly moments even if they are few and far between. For example the main character decides to start planning to dig up a body because his pizza order was taking too long to be made and he had time. Think about it, the final third of this book wouldn’t have happened if there wasn’t a queue at a pizza place. I am not sure if that just shows how mad the main character is getting but it is just a bit silly. The wife character was also a bit over the top. How can the wife of a DOCTOR not talk about death at all? Does she not ask how his day went? She seemed somewhat cool with hearing about a student being hit by car and dying, that was inconsistent. I get she has issues but she was just a bit unrealistic.

Also Church the Cat needs a redemption arc. He is a good cat. Cats bring dead things home to try to feed their humans, so clearly zombie Church is more thoughtful that living Church. #LeaveChurchAlone.

…I might name my next cat Church now that I think about it.


  • Best Stephen King book
  • Zombies? Possessed things? Undead? Whatever they are, they are cool
  • Church is a good cat, leave him alone Stephen King
  • A tragic story about a family man mourning his family
  • Wife be cray tho
  • Read it


5 thoughts on “Stephen King Review: Pet Sematary”

    1. Well the old movie is a really faithful adaption. Maybe read the book now so you will have read it before the new one comes out next year?

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