Stephen King is bothered by ‘Pet Sematary’… mainly because it’s based on real events.
“If I had my way about it, I still would not have published Pet Sematary,” King said in 2009’s Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King.
“I don’t like it. It’s a terrible book — not in terms of the writing, but it just spirals down into darkness. It seems to be saying that nothing works and nothing is worth it, and I don’t really believe that.”
The 1983 book Pet Sematary was drawn from the author’s real-life experiences, including that at the time, King and his family lived in a house with a pet cemetery out the back.
King actually buried his daughter’s cat in that cemetery after it was hit by a truck – the same highway he saved his son Owen from a close call with another truck.
His daughter Naomi’s reaction to her cat’s death was what inspired the book.
“That night, after we buried it, we heard her out in the garage. She was shouting, “God can’t have my cat. That cat is my cat!… Let him have his own cat,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“When I heard Naomi doing that thing, I got this idea. I thought to myself, ‘Well, what if you buried stuff in the pet cemetery, and it came back?’
“Everything in the book up to the point of the supernatural stuff is true.”
The book and movie is based on a family who move into a house built on a dangerous road, and soon uses a spooky pet cemetery nearby to reincarnate their family pet – before one of their own children after each dies in separate accidents.
Naturally, horror follows.