Cujo -Stephen King’s phsycological thriller
Cujo (1981) is a psychological horror book by Stephen King about a rabid dog. Coincidentally the
same year that a Saint Bernard got an entry into the Guinness book of records for the heaviest
dog up to date. The novel won the British Fantasy Award in 1982, and was made into in 1983.
The principal characters are the Trenton and the Camber families. The blue-collar Camber family
are longtime residents; Joe is a shade-tree mechanic who dominates and abuses his wife Charity
and their ten-year-old son Brett. Charity wins the state lottery, and uses the proceeds to inveigle
Joe into allowing her to take Brett on a trip to visit Charity's sister, Holly, in Connecticut. Joe
secretly plans to use the time to take a pleasure trip to Boston.
His large, good-natured St Bernard, Cujo chases a rabbit in the fields
around the Cambers' house and gets his head stuck in the entrance to
a small limestone cave where a crazed bat bites him on the nose and
infects him with an especially virulent strain of rabies, the disease
which makes Cujo mad in one day. Soon after Charity and Brett
leave town, Cujo attacks and kills their neighbour Gary Pervier at his
home and Joe from calling authorities for help.