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Still The Scariest

Discussion in 'Pet Sematary' started by Out of Order, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Mr. Crandall

    Mr. Crandall Member

    It certainly is the most disturbing novel of King's that I've read. It's a good mixture of terror, horror, and revulsion (using King's definitions from Danse Macabre). For me, the most terrifying moment stems not from the loss of Gage, but the just-barely defined nature of the Wendigo. That is one of King's strong suites: providing just enough details about a monster to make it go bump in the night, and letting your imagination fill in the rest. I was genuinely on-edge during Louis' trips up to the Micmac burial ground, but I suppose it was "only a loon."
  2. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    It's a nasty one, that's for sure. The grave-robbing sequence is just horrible, and it's one of two King books where one of his sentences stays with me word for word (the final sentence of the book: the other is when George sees It).
  3. The Darkening

    The Darkening Well-Known Member

    I read this years ago when I was in my mid teens. Just started reading it again actually, a few days ago. I'm remembering it as I'm going along and currently really enjoying it. I'd agree it's one of the actual scariest books of King's. Along with Cujo and the second half of Duma Key!
  4. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I read it when I was mumble mumble, and remember it having one of the scariest scenes in modern horror. The equal of anything by Poe, Lovecraft or any modern classic.
  5. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    I heard on a radio show the other night someone jokingly suggesting buring a family pet at the foot of a cell phone tower and it'll come back from the dead, and the other guy said, Stephen King wrote a novel about that and it didn't end well. They also mentioned the 'quid pro quo' quote from Silence of the Lambs...
  6. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    Read it for the first time last year. Got up to the halfway point... and stopped, knowing what was about to befall the Creed family. After three days of trying to get my nerve back, I took a deep breath, picked the book up and went through the rest of it in one day. Never has a book challenged me like that. As a parent, I felt I really went through something when I finished it. Remains one of my absolute favorites from Stephen.
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  7. WesleyGman

    WesleyGman Well-Known Member

    My son is two, and every time we go outside, I never let him get remotely close to the road, and it never fails that this book pops in my mind when we are outside playing. This book seriously got to me, maybe because my son was entering the Toddler age when I read it last year, and combine that with all the emotion SK injected into the story. I will never forget this book, because every time I take my son out I am reminded of it. I live out in the boondocks on a country road, so the amount of traffic isn't very heavy at all and no tractor trailers coming up here; one sigh of relief at least.
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  8. F. Campbell

    F. Campbell Member

    I would have to agree with the other people saying it was disturbing vs. being scary. Still, love the book and I'm currently re-reading it. I read it the first time when I was pregnant with my daughter. Had she been a boy, her dad would have had to fight me not to name her Gage, lol.
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  9. Riot87

    Riot87 Love him forever

    I make my daughter hold my hand whenever we go outside to the park lbvs. I will have to check this again though as reading everyones comments has made me want to visit Pet Sematary once more lol.
  10. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I totally agree. Terribly scary. Probably the only book that really, really scared me deep down. I actually haven't dared to reread it because I am still scared and it must be 20 years at least since I read it. I dont have kids but i have imagination and it just thinking about this one keeps me awake at night. If you ever can say that a book is too scary, this would be about this book. But i remember it clearly and love it.
  11. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    The funeral home scene where the fight knocks over the casket... truely horrifying and nothing supernatural involved...
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  12. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I read it for the 2nd time a couple months ago. The first time was 20 years ago. That should sum up my feelings on the disturbing nature of that book. A great story, but disturbing to the point of being unpleasant, to me at least. Can't say that about many other SK books. Cujo was another one for me. Mostly because of the ending. I remember wanting to throw my copy out the nearest window when i got to the end for the first time. Another one i just re-read after a couple decade hiatus. I read them again because I felt it was my duty as a SK fanatic ha ha.

    They are not nice books but they are good no doubt. They just leave me with a crappy feeling pretty much from cover to cover.
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  13. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    I find myself more disturbed by certain situations I watch and read than I did back years ago...
  14. Flat Matt

    Flat Matt Deleted User

    I recently read Pet Sematary for the first time and really enjoyed it... in an uncomfortable sort of way.

    It's disturbing, creepy and sad, but it is also amusing in places. The grave-robbing sequence was so intense and had me gripped, but there were some good one-liners in the book as well.

    I absolutely love Jud Crandall. In fact, I'd say he's my favourite of Stephen King's characters. Stephen has an incredible ability to portray elderly colourful and knowledgable characters. It's a shame they didn't give Jud a bigger role in the movie.
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  15. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    Just saw Mr. King in his role as a preacher at a funeral in Pet Sematary. Played the part very well. Had to leave the room when the big oil truck was coming up the road toward the little boy; 'snuff to read it, can't watch it.
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  16. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

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  17. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    Yes, welcome to all ye new and/or infrequent posters... come and join us more often!
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  18. flipska19

    flipska19 Disremember

    This is the first SK book I read when I was 11, and I am currently re-reading it. The part that gets me is:

    Why isn't the bedroom floor dirty with muddy foot prints when Dr. Creed wakes up after his "dream" to the Pet Sematry? I always imagine he some how teleported back to his bed.
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  19. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the random question but I didn't feel it worthy of its own thread.
    Jud tells Louis of a rabid bull that is buried and I think comes back, I don't recall. My question is...is this a moose? In Maine they call some moose bulls or bull moose. In Alabama a bull is quite different. I just wondered if King was referring to a moose. Both would be terrifying.
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  20. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    I don't even think it's worthy of a spoiler! (I removed a little just in case.)
    I would assume he means bull, as in male bovine. The term bull moose just means male moose, like bull elephant or bull walrus.
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