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The house that inspired Pet Sematary is up for sale

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Thirty-four years later, Pet Sematary remains one of Stephen King’s most viscerally nasty books, an ugly blend of otherworldly temptation and very real paternal fears. King has famously stated that much of the book’s horror had, as its inspiration, a house he and his family rented in Orrington, Maine in the 1970s, which was situated close to a busily traveled road that always seemed primed to lure cats, dogs, and (potentially) kids under the wheels of inattentive truck drivers. (Hence the crudely assembled pet cemetery built by local youths on the back of the property.)

Well, now, you, too, can live with the perpetual fear that your beloved animals and family members might someday be torn away from you, only to tempt you to madness with the possibility of their grim return. Per WCSH-6, the 113-year-old home is now up for sale, complete with two floors, two fireplaces, a butler’s pantry, an all-season sun porch, and plenty of room for your little monsters to crawl around and make nice with the neighbors in.

Just remember, friends: Sometimes, rented is better.


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