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Molly (Dog)

Breed: Corgi

Stephen King has a corgi named Molly. He often refers to his dog as a “Thing of Evil” despite her happy and carefree demeanor.

Church the Cat from the original 'Pet Sematary' (1989) (Cat)

Breed: British Shorthair | Adopted 1989

In the original Pet Sematary movie (1989), Church the Cat is played by seven blue British Shorthair cats. Each were trained to do specific scenes and actions.

We had a lot of cats and I chose that gray – it’s a special breed, I’ve forgotten the name of it. It has that really thick, thick, thick fur, and they all look alike. A) They all look alike, and B) I just thought that they were kind of creepy. It looks a little bit like a plush toy. I was thinking that sort of subliminally when the cat comes back to life, it’s kind of like a toy that comes to life. And I think he looks a little bit like a stuffed toy to me, that cat.

Mary Lambert, Director, Cinema Bland, March 2019

Church the Cat from 'Pet Sematary' remake (2019) (Cat)

Breed: Maine Coon | Adopted Apr 2019

In the 2019 remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, Church the Cat (full name Winston Churchill) is played by four Maine Coon cats named Tonic, Leo, Jager, and JD. The main cat actors were Tonic and Leo, with Jager and JD as stand-ins. There were originally five kitties cast, but one dropped out due to being a scaredy cat. All five were rescues and were adopted afterward. In the photo shown here from the Pet Sematary premiere, Tonic is on left, and Leo is on the right. Tonic also plays Dewey in Eli Roth’s 2023 horror film Thanksgiving.

Related: Meet Tonic, the rescue cat turned horror actor from Pet Sematary and Thanksgiving

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September 21, 1947 (76)

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Stephen King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. Having sold over 350 million copies worldwide, his work has earned him the title of “King of Horror”. In addition to selling record breaking numbers, many of his novels have also been adapted into films, television, miniseries, and comics.