‘Tis the Halloween season, and few authors’ works are more fitting for the occasion in both book and movie form than Stephen King. I’ve reviewed King classics “The Shining” and “Carrie” previously in this space, and this year, I thought I’d take a look at a story I’ve been interested in for some time, “Pet Sematary.”
The book was published in 1983, with the film adaptation coming out in 1989. The story is about a doctor named Louis Creed, who moves to Maine with his wife, Rachel; two young children, Ellie and Gage; and Ellie’s cat, Church. Their new house is situated on a dangerous road on which trucks routinely whiz past. Around Thanksgiving, with his family out of town with Rachel’s parents, Louis gets a call from his neighbor, an old but strong man named Jud Crandall, who has found Church dead in his yard. Jud then leads Louis on a trek beyond the pet cemetery (named “Pet Sematary” by the children who first buried their pets there decades and decades ago) through the woods and swamp to an old Native American burial ground. After Louis buries his cat there, Church returns to the house, though a little clumsier and more vicious in his hunting than before his death and has a horrible stench about him.