Pet Sematary House

The House That Inspired ‘Pet Sematary’ Is Up for Sale

Almost 40 years ago, Stephen King moved his family into a four-bedroom in Orrington, Maine without knowing that it would become a major source of inspiration for his horrifying tale, “Pet Sematry”. According to the Associated Press, this 113-year-old house has been put on the market for $255,000. As long as you have the funds and can stand perpetual fear, you can purchase the same home that Stephen King had lived in.


The dining room allows the family to be drenched in sunlight, thanks to elegant window panels that cover the walls.



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As you walk up the old-fashioned staircase, you’ll find a master bedroom with an en-suite bath. With a separate entry, the other room above the garage can even be converted into a small apartment.



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Although the 1989 film adaptation of “Pet Sematary” was shot in a different house in Maine, the kitchens in which gruesome slaughters occurred look all too similar.



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King’s official website explains the link between the book and the house.


Stephen was serving as a writer-in-residence at the University of Maine at Orono and living in a rented house in nearby Orrington that bordered a major truck route which frequently claimed the lives of dogs and cats. In the woods behind his house, local children had created an informal pet cemetery. One day, his daughter’s cat was killed by a passing truck. Stephen was faced with the task of burying the cat in the pet cemetery and then explaining to his daughter what had happened.

It was on the third day after the burial that the idea for a novel came to him.”


On the bright side, this 2-storey house has two fireplaces, a butler’s pantry, a sunny front-porch, and conversion space for the in-laws. On the downside, you might get haunted by the idea of murderous kids and cats. If you insist on living here, our advice is to stay away from burying pets in the backyard.


For more information about the listing, visit the realtor’s website here.


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