Stephen King is one of my favorite writers of all time. He manages to be scary, creepy, descriptive, and interesting in his writing. One of my favorites by him is Pet Sematary. In this book, Stephen King brings us on a tantalizing adventure of Louis Creed and the ones he loves. It starts out with Ellie’s cat, ‘Church’ as they call him, who gets killed by a car when Louis stays over at a neighbors house and the rest of the family goes to see Rachel’s parents. The neighbor he stayed over with somehow knew about this Indian burial ground where it was rumored you could bury a loved one there and they would come back to life. Out of love for his daughter, the old man and Louis go bury the cat in the cemetery. The next morning Church is in the house, but he smells really bad and he is acting funny. Ellie, however, is none the wiser. However, as time goes on the behavior of church makes the family grow further and further from the cat. He manages to foreshadow the epic fight scene at the end when he talks about the cat “watching him” and how the cat seemed “colder than before, as if he was dead inside.” When Louis’ son dies in a hit and run, he is not only blamed, but feels at fault. After getting in a fight with Rachel’s dad and duking it out with him at his own son’s funeral, Louis decides that he must bury his son on the magical Indian burial ground. The old man who showed him the way told him not to ever bury a human there and tried to stop Louis when he was about to do it. But as the story goes, the man felt a force that made him fall asleep before he could stop Louis. As predicted, the son came back from the grave occupied by an evil spirit which the old man had defeated in the body of a teenage kid before. This evil spirit occupying this two-year-old’s body killed the old man and Rachel before Louis came in and stuck him with a substance that killed the boy once again. Then you see Louis’ mental transformation from a normal state to one of delirium. He then buries his wife in the cemetery.
What I’ve Learned from this author:
Stephen King has taught me many techniques in writing that i’m very glad to have. For one, he taught me the importance of choosing hefty words for hefty situations. I know that sometimes I’ll feel intimidated reading a scholarly article because they’ll use big latin-derived words. I know what they mean, but when you see something like “cardiovascular trauma” just the word, without the actual meaning, is intimidating. Stephen King knows this and uses this to his advantage. I have picked up on this as well and have even used it in one of my pieces before. I also learned that using repetition, rhyming, alliteration, and other literary techniques has been rather helpful in creating intimidating atmospheres. Usually it’s used at a time of high suspense, like in the movies when you hear that shrieking pitch that slowly gets higher and higher. It draws out the suspension and the repetition pound the intimidation into your brain. Stephen King also taught me that it’s okay not to document every second of a characters life. To be honest, I used to breeze through main ideas because there was so much of an individual’s life that needed to be documented that there was no time to slow down and REALLY experience an individual point in the plot. Thanks to Stephen King, I’m a reformed writer.