As with most of Stephen King’s books, he writes about life after death, greed and temptation, mental illness and physical violence, and the mystical and supernatural. Why am I recommending “Pet Sematary” besides that the remake is coming out this year, starring Jason Clarke as Louis and John Lithgow as Jud? Because it’s a good read and was similar for me when I read “The Body” which Stand by Me is adapted. Here is a brief synopsis. “Pet Sematary” is the story about Louis Creed, who moves to Maine with his wife and two children. Louis makes friends with an older man, Jud Crandall, who becomes a part of their family. This doesn’t sit well with his wife, Rachel, as their innocent walk in the woods leads to a part of life called death. Death haunts each character in a different way, but since the Creed children are still young, they aren’t in tune to the power it can have on a person. Their innocence and Louis encountering a death of his own sends him in a living nightmare of dreams, loss, bitterness, and guilt. His relationship with Jud while hesitant, at times, proves to be a saving grace when Rachel and their children are visiting family. He believes all is well when his daughter’s cat, Church, returns although he’s not quite the same. He not only smells different, but his behavior is more alarming than comforting. Louis doesn’t have time to dwell on this too much because an even more tragedy occurs with his son, Gage. Despite stern words from Jud, Louis doesn’t follow his advice in the hopes of righting a wrong. This proves disastrous as Gage might look like the sweet child he was, but his eyes hint at something much more sinister. You would think this is enough to convince Louis of his need to get off this dark path he created for himself. While he never thought relocating would prove this deadly, it’s clear his quest to make it right has consumed him.