Title: Pet Sematary
Author: Stephen King
Series: No; standalone novel
Category: Fiction/Horror / Thriller
Length: 576 pages
My rating: 9/10
Growing up in a family that adores the macabre and horror movies, of course when I was younger, I saw Pet Sematary more times than I can count. However, I finally decided to read the book, which is a far deviation from my usual routine (book first, always).
This was a very impressive work by King, as most of his usually are. It started a little slowly, but picked up quite quickly. There were very few lulls, and King was not as wordy as normal, though he still gave enough information to give the imagination a great image of what he was conveying. The characters were well thought out, well spoken, and through the 500+ pages, it felt as though you truly got to know the Creeds and the Crandalls. The novel can pull you in deep enough that you can almost hear the cry of the loons and feel the pull of the Little God Swamp.
Follow Louis Creed as he is exposed to, and later pulled to, an area in the woods that holds a power much darker than ever imagined. And let yourself think… “If I lost (insert important person in your life), what price would I be willing to pay to bring them back?”
I am, of course, tempted to go on about how different the movie portrayal was from the actual novel, but I’m sure everyone who reads King and sees the movies based on his work are accustomed to the disappointment that the screen brings with it. King is truly a genius at storytelling, which is no surprise, since he’s one of the most prolific writers of this generation and consistently horrifying and though-provoking.
Memorable quote: “The soil of a man’s heart is stonier. He grows what he can and he tends to it.” “What you bought, you owned, and what you owned eventually came home to you.”