There isn’t much bad to be said about the writings of Stephen King, and that holds true when it comes to Pet Sematary.
The book starts out with a hopeful Dr. Louis Creed and his lovely family, moving from Chicago to Ludlow, a small town in Maine. He had gotten a job down at the University and uprooted his family to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle. The house is beautiful—as said by his wife and his children, Gage and Ellie, love their new home. Their neighbours, Norma and Jud Crandall, are a nice old couple that have lived in Ludlow for literally their entire lives. When Jud and Louis become friends, Louis begins hearing stories of a pet cemetery that is at the end of a path that starts just behind his home. But this pet cemetery isn’t what it seems, not by a long shot. It’s a cover for something darker, more sinister, and even more inviting.
King’s ability to keep you hooked from page one is obvious, and not unexpected from a writer with such a great way with suspense. Certain parts of the book can seem to drag on and may even seem unnecessary to the story until you read on and discover that each nonchalant paragraph, seemingly so off topic, has a part to play in the full understanding of the book. King doesn’t go overboard in his description of the important details but the way in which he does manages to paint a clear-as-day picture in the mind, as if you yourself were walking alongside the characters towards an unknown you can’t bear to miss.
The way death is painted in the book, quick and numbing, is so surreal that it’s almost maddening to think that in reality, that’s exactly how it would happen. Alive one minute, nothing but a memory the next. It’s almost as though King was paving the way for the mind to accept, embrace even, the fact that sometime’s “dead is better”, as well as allowing the reader to get on board with the supernatural premise as something that could be, just maybe, as natural as life itself.
Pet Sematary is a must read for anyone who enjoys horror and suspense, and alike almost every other Stephen King novel, it is a defining moment in a generation of horror writers.
I just wish someone would re-do the movie. To say it was done poorly would be a huge understatement.
Lots of love,