Recently, I finished reading, Pet Semetary, one of my favorite stories. Though I saw the movie years ago, I had never read the book and boy am I glad I took the time for the read. Usually, just due to the sheer stimulation of light, sound and color a movie can seem better than the book on which it is based, but not so in the case of Pet Semetary. Reading about the desperate “coming undone” of Louis Creed made me cringe with every turn of the page. The all-American, white picket fence family being slowly consumed by death reminded me of a large snake sucking down the carcass of a once glorious animal, but the worse part…the undeniably creepy, morbid and gruesome worse part was the ending. In the last couple of pages Louis crawls happily into the warm, deceitful arms of death created for himself with his own human selfishness while his dead wife welcomes him with a single word from her dirt filled mouth… “Darling”.
Ugh! I almost died (no pun intended), but I loved the ending. Endings that lack all of the answers and leave us with a satisfactory end while still handing us a bag of mystery are the best. Endings like this force us to carry the story with us days after we have closed the book wondering, “Did she kill him?” “What will she do next?”
As a reader I prefer being left with a little anguish in the pit of my stomach, it makes me long for more. What kind of endings keep you coming back for more?
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