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PET SEMATARY
Timeframe: 1912-1984
32 dates spanning 73 years
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1912 1943 1965 1982 1983 1984

    1912                                                                                                                                                                 Top

  • July

  • 1943                                                                                                                                                                 Top

    • July 19
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Timmy Batermanís body passes through Limestone, Maine on its way home to Ludlow. While attempting to justify why Gageís trip to the Micmac burying ground wouldnít turn out the same as Timmy Baterman, this is the date that Louis remembers from Judís story as the day that Timmy was shot - though Timmy was actually shot on the 15th.
    • July 25
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        While attempting to justify why Gageís trip to the Micmac burying ground wouldnít turn out the same as Timmy Baterman, this is the date that Louis estimates that Timmy returned from the dead.
  • August
    • August 1
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Fire at the Baterman house. Bill and his son Timmy both found dead, Timmy shot twice in the chest, Bill dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

    1965                                                                                                                                                                 Top

  • March
  • April

  • 1982                                                                                                                                                                 Top

  • December
    • December 24
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Christmas Eve/Christmas Day the year before the Creed family moved to Maine - Seemingly everything that Louis and Rachel had gotten for the kids had to assembled, and they were up until 4am putting everything together.
    • December 25
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Christmas Eve/Christmas Day the year before the Creed family moved to Maine - Seemingly everything that Louis and Rachel had gotten for the kids had to assembled, and they were up until 4am putting everything together.

    1983                                                                                                                                                                 Top

  • June
  • August
    • August 1
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        The Creed family moves into their new home in Ludlow, Maine. Neighbor Jud Crandall warns Louis about the dangers of road Route 15 and the Orinco trucks that travel it.
  • October
  • November
    • November 23
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        The day before Thanksgiving. The sky is clear and blue and cold. Louis Creed drives his family to Bangor International Airport for their flight to Chicago, where they will spend the holiday, back home with Rachel's parents.
    • November 24
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Thanksgiving Day. Jud Crandall finds Louis Creed's daughter Ellie's cat Church dead in his yard. Jud takes Louis out to the Micmac burying ground, where Louis buries Church.
    • November 25
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        The day after Thanksgiving. Louis Creed lies to his daughter Ellie about not having seen her cat Church, after burying him in the Micmac burying ground the night before. Later that day, the previously dead cat returns to the Creed house.
  • December
    • December 24
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Christmas Eve. Louis and Rachel put out gifts for the kids - a set of matchbox racers for Gage, Barbie & Ken dolls for Ellie, a Turn 'n' Go, an oversized trike, doll clothes, a play oven with a light bulb inside, other stuff. After assembling Ellie's Bat-cycle, they curl up on the couch and watch the fire.
    • December 25
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Christmas Day. Ellie Creed's faith in Santa clause restored Christmas morning by the footprints Louis leaves in the hearth. By mid afternoon, the Creed children decide that the boxes are more fun than the toys that came in them.
    • December 31
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        New Year's Eve. Jud and Norma Crandall visit the Creed family, drinking Rachel's egg nog. Louis realizes that Norma is beginning to fail. It will be the last time that she was in their house.

    1984                                                                                                                                                                 Top

  • January
  • March
    • March 24
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Louis Creed and his son Gage fly a vulture kite in their neighbor Mrs. Vintonís field. The last really happy day of Louis Creedís life, the things that were to come poised above him like a killing sash weight still over seven weeks in the future. Unbeknownst to him, his son Gage has less than two months to live.
  • May
    • May 14
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Louis Creedís son Gage is killed crossing Route 15 by an Orinco truck while running away from his father. Narrator explicitly states the date of the funeral as May 17, adding that Gageís death was Saturday, three days before. Though May 14 was a Monday.
    • May 19
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Louis Creed pulls his son Gageís body out of his grave in Pleasantview Cemetery in Bangor around 2am. By 4am, he has re-buried Gage in the Micmac burying ground and arrived back home. A few hours later, Gage returns from the dead, killing Jud Crandall and Rachel Creed.
    • May 20
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        After driving Rachel and Ellie to the Bangor airport so that they can fly back to Chicago with Rachelís parents, Louis Creed purchases a flashlight, pick, shovel, spade, rope, work gloves and a canvas tarpaulin at Watsonís Hardware in Brewer before checking into a Howard Johnsonís motel. At 11pm, he heads for Pleasantview Cemetery to dig up his sonís body.
    • May 21
      •  Pet Sematary 1983 Literature
        Louis Creed is reunited with his son Gage, back from the dead. After discovering that Gage killed his neighbor Jud Crandall and wife Rachel, Louis kills Gage, burns down the Crandall house and buries Rachel's body in the Micmac burying ground.

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