Cujo: A Novel

Cujo: A Novel

by Stephen King


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Cujo: A Novel by Stephen King

Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

The #1 national bestseller for Stephen King’s rabid fans, Cujo “hits the jugular” (The New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat. Get ready to meet the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.

Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day, Cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats and emerges as something new altogether.

Meanwhile, Vic and Donna Trenton, and their young son Tad, move to Maine. They are seeking peace and quiet, but life in this small town is not what it seems. As Tad tries to fend off the terror that comes to him at night from his bedroom closet, and as Vic and Donna face their own nightmare of a marriage on the rocks, there is no way they can know that a monster, infinitely sinister, waits in the daylight.

What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written. “A genuine page-turner that grabs you and holds you and won’t let go” (Chattanooga Times), Cujo will forever change how you view man’s best friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501192241
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 43,474
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Cujo 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 342 reviews.
jseger9000 More than 1 year ago
With Cujo Stephen King finally mastered the thriller. I've been reading Stephen King's books in order of publication and the last few (The Dead Zone and Firestarter) just didn't stack up to what he'd written before. It was clear he was trying to craft thrillers rather than the out-and-out horror of his earlier novels, but was coming up short. With the simple premise of Cujo (a rabid Saint Bernard keeps a mother and child trapped in a sweltering Pinto) he knocked it out of the park. King's trademark strong characters and multiple sub-plots dealing with the lives of small town people (in this case - a badly ended affair, a mother trying to show her bright son that there is more to life than small-town Maine and an ad agency dealing with a disaster) are all here as well, but he was able to tie every one of them in to the main struggle. Each 'story' supports and adds to another until they all dove-tail together in a way that never felt forced. The book starts slowly, showing us slices of the various characters lives before dropping them each on their own personal chute to hell. Cujo is the darkest King book I can think of. The recurring theme of the book is the cruelty of fate. All of the threads that the book follows hinge on good people whose lives are thrown into chaos through sheerest coincidence or events beyond their control. One problem I do have with the book is the supernatural undercurrent. Overall, it didn't detract from the story and could have been an interesting element. But at various times King goes out of his way to show that there are some ghostly things happening in Castle Rock. The thing is, this aspect of the book never seems to go anywhere. Tad being afraid of the closet monster and marrying that fear to the beast holding him hostage in the car was effective. Pointing out that the contents of the closet had indeed been rearranged by something other than the family in the house seemed pointless. Tad's fear of the monster would have been just as effective if we believed that the thing in the closet was inspired more by gravy than the grave. The monster in the closet aside, I really enjoyed Cujo. It streamed along and held my interest. The cuts to the various side stories were effective and interesting and worked to build the tension. Cujo is not the thriller that Misery is, but it is respectable on its own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a wonderful book. I was always on the edge of my seat while reading Cujo. I would suggest first time readers of SK would start with this one, it is so good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not that bad of a book. All his books are pretty good
Kennedy-Anna More than 1 year ago
There is so much won'be able to stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book leaves you hanging at the beginning of it. I like it and own it. I would recommend it to the people that can handle reading about a dog that has rabies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of stephen king, but this book was VERY dissapointing.
Jennifer24 More than 1 year ago
I really didn't care for this book. The ending feels very slapped on, like he was tired of writing the book and just wanted to end it.
leftybowler1 More than 1 year ago
I thought Cujo was overall a nice book. Starts of slow and kind of confusing. But when you get to the middle it will pick up and get interesting.
the_big_bopper More than 1 year ago
The book begins slow but as cujo makes his first kill it gets way better. and then it gets boring again. overall most of it was boring and what cujo does do was pretty descent horror for a book and king should have had more attackings done by cujo,but what the rabid (possibly possesed) monster beast does do is good enough. still it is nothing compared to his other books.
Vivian_Metzger 7 months ago
A classic, scary moreso for the fear of what loved ones (pets) can become, rather than any supernatural element.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any advice? Bought sample before buying book...... bought book and now still sample what a ripoff
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This as another brilliant book from a brilliant author. While far from horrific and bone chilling books like IT, the thrills found in Cujo are still masterful in their delivery. King is also not afraid to deliver a story that teaches us good doesn't always triumph in the end, sometimes the bad wins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
King is a master.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as scary as some of his books such as the shining but it gives you something that most peeps can relate to, a pet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I would not recommend this book to someone looking for a good thriller. I think that the novel “Cujo” by Stephen King is very predictable and sporadic due to too many characters and too much detail on the side that takes away from the main plot. I disagree with @jseger9000 because I do not think that the side stories worked to build up the tension in the book, but detracted from the main plot, Tadder and Donna.  My reasoning behind giving this popular novel three stars is because there is too much side detail, too many characters that take away from the main storyline, and that the plot is very predictable. One example of there being too much side detail is the whole description of the cereal business between Vic and Roger. The story goes into beyond too much depth over the matter of the Sharp Cereal Professor and the Red Razberry Zingers. Another reason why I would not recommend this book is because there are too many side characters that take away from the main storyline, such as Roger. Stephen King brings Roger to life through description of his career and through his past with Vic, but all of this detail of him is not needed, as it confused me once he was entirely left out of the ending of the story. On top of all of this, the plot being predictable is a big issue I have with the book. For example, when the Pinto broke down and Donna happened to decide to take Tad up to Joe Camber’s to get it fixed, even after he wouldn’t answer, we all knew that they were doomed for trouble the second Donna made the decision to leave with Tad, but Stephen King manages to open this episode up into more than a hundred page dilemma. Although I dislike the book, my favorite character would have to be Donna. She is by far my favorite character because she is strong through the worst possible of situations and stands up for herself. Donna is a very round character because she has a side to her that is dark and mischievous, with the entire Steve Kemp affair, and then she has her sweet motherly side, who would defend anything that came near her son.  My favorite quote from the reading is definitely “Cujo was sick, and all things appeared monstrous to him now. His head clanged dully with murder. He wanted to bite and rip and tear” (King 98). I favor this quote because it is the beginning of the premise to the entire novel. This quote shows up what Cujo’s world seemed to him from the inside, and where the motivation originates to do all he does throughout the book. All in all, Cujo was a dicey book for me, and I would not recommend it to those seeking a thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ha! You think read this means that i'll write something important! Suckers:) jk this is a really good book and you should read it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome classic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i started reading cujo it was boring but i forced myself to read more. Then i was suprised about how good of a book it was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda dry. Definitely not the strongest King IMO. Much of the book consists of a woman and her son, trapped in an isolated, hot car by a rabid dog, facing dehydration if she stays in and being chewed to pieces if she exists. Some nice metaphors in there, but I thought it was kinda boring as a book, and the sub-plots didn't do much for me. I labored through but didn't feel rewarded.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it but I wanted to kill the mother
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cujo is a great book and an ok movie, i think doing a remake woul do the book more justice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing