August 5, 2020 By Swapnil Suryawanshi

Pet Sematary

Novel by Stephen King


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Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by American writer Stephen King. The novel was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1986, and adapted into two films: one in 1989 and another in 2019. In November 2013, PS Publishing released Pet Sematary in a limited 30th-anniversary edition.

Originally published: 14 November 1983AuthorStephen KingPage count: 373 (1st ed.)Genre: Horror fictionPublisherDoubledayCharactersLouis CreedJud CrandallGage CreedEllie CreedRachel Creed.

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Is the Pet Sematary book scary :

Most critics agree that Pet Sematary is delightfully frightening and will have people sleeping with the lights on for a few nights. The original story, published in a 1983 book, was built on an incredibly frightening aspect (as one would expect from a King novel).

What happens to Ellie in Pet Sematary book :

The fate of Ellie (Jeté Laurence) is one of the biggest changes from previous versions of “Pet Sematary.” … Instead of Gage, they killed Ellie, who has begun asking her parents about death and is hit by a speeding truck on her ninth birthday.

Is Pet Sematary based on a true story :

Is Pet Sematary Based on a True Story? There’s More Truth to the Movie Than You Think. … But according to the introduction in the beginning of a new version of Pet Sematary, written in 2000, the famed horror author said his inspiration from the book is actually based on a handful of real-life events.

First edition cover
AuthorStephen King
Cover artistLinda Fennimore
CountryUnited States
Publication dateNovember 14, 1983
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages373 (1st ed.)

Plot :

Louis Creed, a doctor from Chicago, is appointed director of the University of Maine‘s campus health service. He moves to a large house near the small town of Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their two young children, Ellie and Gage, and Ellie’s cat, Church. From the moment they arrive, the family runs into trouble: Ellie hurts her knee, and Gage is stung by a bee. Their new neighbor, an elderly man named Jud Crandall, comes to help. He warns Louis and Rachel about the highway that runs past their house, which is frequented by speeding trucks.

Background :

In 1979, King was a “writer-in-residence” at the University of Maine and the house he was renting was adjacent to a major road where dogs and cats were often killed by oncoming trucks. After his daughter’s cat was killed by a truck along that road, he explained the death of the pet to his daughter and buried the cat. Three days later, King imagined what would happen if a family suffered the same tragedy but the cat came back to life “fundamentally wrong.” He then imagined what would happen if that family’s young son were also killed by a passing truck. He decided to write a book based on these ideas, and that the book would be a re-telling of “The Monkey’s Paw” (1902), a short story by W. W. Jacobs about parents whose son resurrects after they wish for that to happen.

Adaptations :

Films :

A film adaptation was released in 1989. Directed by Mary Lambert, it starred Dale Midkiff as Louis, Fred Gwynne as Jud, Denise Crosby as Rachel, Brad Greenquist as Victor, Miko Hughes as Gage, and Blaze Berdahl as Ellie. King, who wrote the screenplay for the film, also had a cameo as a minister. Zelda was portrayed by male actor Andrew Hubatsek because the filmmakers could not find a woman bony enough to portray the terminally ill girl.[citation needed] The film received mixed reviews, but was a commercial success. A sequel, Pet Sematary Two, was released in 1992

Radio :

In 1997, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a dramatization of the story in six half-hour episodes, later re-edited into three hour-long episodes. It was adapted by Gregory Evans and starred John Sharian as Louis Creed, Briony Glassco as Rachel Creed and Lee Montague as Jud Crandall. The production was directed by Gordon House.

Music :

The Ramones recorded a song of the same name as the theme for the 1989 film adaptation.  It appeared on their album Brain Drain.It was later covered by the band Starcrawler for the 2019 film.

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