Cujo (Sep 1981)

The Cambers' once-friendly St. Bernard turns into a killer after being bitten by a rabid bat. Donna Trenton's husband is in New York trying to contain a disastrous ad campaign. Feeling abandoned by her workaholic husband, who is frequently out of town, Donna Trenton embarks on an affair with a local handyman. Left to fend for herself, she takes her ailing Ford Pinto to Joe Cambers' garage for repairs only to be trapped with her son Tad in the sweltering car by the monstrous dog. Fun fact: the Pinto is based on the car Stephen King bought with his first book advance (for Carrie).

Cujo has connections to the following books:

Part 1 : Castle Rock, ME

Cujo takes place in Castle Rock.

Yet even in this enlightened age, when so many parents are aware of the psychological damage they may do to their children, surely there was one parent somewhere in Castle Rock - or perhaps one grandmother - who quieted the kids by telling them that Frank Dodd would get them if they didn't watch out, if they weren't good. And surely a hush fell as children looked toward their dark windows and thought of Frank Dodd in his shiny black vinyl raincoat, Frank Dodd who had choked ... and choked ... and choked.

Part 1 : Frank Dodd

Frank Dodd's ghost is invoked as a warning (and possibly a haunting spirit?) in Castle Rock.

Yet even in this enlightened age, when so many parents are aware of the psychological damage they may do to their children, surely there was one parent somewhere in Castle Rock - or perhaps one grandmother - who quieted the kids by telling them that Frank Dodd would get them if they didn't watch out, if they weren't good. And surely a hush fell as children looked toward their dark windows and thought of Frank Dodd in his shiny black vinyl raincoat, Frank Dodd who had choked ... and choked ... and choked.

Part 2 : George Bannerman

George, the Castle Rock sheriff, fights (and loses to) Cujo.

'Get out, Steve. I'm not going to tell you again.' 'And what if I don't? You going to call Sheriff Bannerman? Sure. just say, “Hi, there George, this is Mr. Businessman's wife, and the guy I've been screwing on the side won't leave. Would you please come on up here and roust him?” That what you're going to say?'

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