“The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years ––if it ever did end–– began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.”
Think clowns are fun and happy? That they’re a joy to have around? That they can turn anyone’s frown upside-down? Well, it’s obvious to us that you’ve never had the pleasure (make that… TERROR!) of reading Stephen King’s classic 1986 novel It.
If you know the name, you’re probably a little creeped out right now. Maybe you can’t shake this feeling that a clown is standing right behind you, fangs bared, getting ready to–– BOO!
It first arrived in the fall of 1986 and remains, to this day, one of King’s best-loved, scariest books. The story of a group of loser kids (hey, that’s what they called themselves) who first encounter ‘It’ in the late 50s and then come back together to try to defeat It (again) in the 80s.
But how do you defeat something that is so completely evil and manifests itself in dozens of ways (not only a clown, but a spider, Frankenstein, leeches, a bird, the moon, and our favorite, ol’ Jaws himself)?
It, it turns out, was the sum of all our fears. You scared of something? It would take that form and dispatch you with alarming speed (and TERROR!)
(And in 1990, it was turned into a TV movie with Tim Curry as Pennywise.)
Sure… rabid dogs, cars that come to life, and telekinetic prom queens are all scary, but It remains among the scariest of any of King’s creations, because, well… we all have something we’re afraid of. And even if you say you don’t, you will when you read It. Because it’s full of… TERROR!
“Oh, they float, Georgie! They FLOAT!”
We ♥ It.