Horror comes in the shape of a clown… and it has never been scarier.
WHAT’S ‘IT’ ABOUT?
Stephen King wrote IT in 1986. The story tells us the story of a thing that disguises itself as a clown. The thing terrorizes kids using their fears and phobias to manipulate them. Kids like him since he looks like a clown. His prey of choice is young kids.
The book is quite long, at over a thousand pages. The story alternates between two time periods. One, where the kids are still kids, the other is when they are grown up. Seven kids that are a bunch of misfits sticks together. They call themselves “The Losers Club.” Eventually, the Losers realize that they all had weird encounters with the monster. He used their individual fears to scare them even further. Ben’s mummy. Eddie’s leper. Bill with George’s ghost. Richie’s werewolf. Stan’s two drowned boys. Beverly with a fountain of blood spurting from her bathroom sink. And Mike with a large, aggressive bird. They link their scary experiences to murders that have been happening to other kids.
WHO IS ‘IT’?
We find out that the alien monster existed in a void between our universe and others. He calls this place the Macroverse and believes that he is superior to anything on earth. He preys on kids because it is easier to interpret kid’s fears. (Imagine IT running around as a taxman, killing us with bills. Not so scary… O.K. a little scary.) Scaring the jeepers creepers out of the kids first makes them tastier. Scary, and creepy. And eeuw.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
Let’s address the elephant in the room: Yes, this book is being adapted into a two-part movie. I always like the book better than the movies. Hopefully, people will grab the book while they wait for the second part of the movie to come out. ‘IT’ is easy to read, and the characters are likable. Stephen King gave all the characters such distinct personalities. I never got confused about which character belongs to which name. I’m glad I read it, although circus might never be the same again 🙂