Review: Pet Sematary by Stephen King


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: Pet Sematary
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Michael C. Hall
Length: 16 hours (374 pages)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: October 1, 1983
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for fans of: Stephen King


Can Stephen King scare even himself?

Has the author of Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, and Christine ever conceived a story so horrifying that he was for a time unwilling to finish writing it? Yes. This is it.

Set in a small town in Maine to which a young doctor, Louis Creed, and his family have moved from Chicago, Pet Sematary begins with a visit to a graveyard where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. But behind the “pet sematary,” there is another burial ground, one that lures people to it with seductive promises . . . and ungodly temptations.

As the story unfolds, so does a nightmare of the supernatural, one so relentless you won’t want . . . at moments . . . to continue reading . . . but will be unable to stop.

You do it because it gets hold of you, says the nice old man with the secret. You make up reasons . . . they seem like good reasons . . . but mostly you do it because once you’ve been up there, it’s your place, and you belong to it . . .up in the Pet Sematary–and beyond.


This book was incredible. Stephen King describes this as the scariest book he’s written, and he almost didn’t publish it. I was more scared reading The Shining, but Pet Sematary is disturbing on a deeply psychological level that sticks with the reader long after finishing the story.

King’s writing in Pet Sematary is masterful in his use of foreshadowing, with events gradually growing more and more unsettling, crescendoing into full-on horror. The events felt so real. This book was disturbing, devastating, and horrifying. I read this two months ago, but I am still thinking about the inevitable tragedy of the ending and the chilling sadness it left in me.

Michael C. Hall’s narration for the audiobook was fantastic. Dexter is the perfect voice for this story, bring to life this eerie tale of family, life, and death.

CW: proceed with caution if you are a parent

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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