Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆
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.
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Jesus Christ that was a creepy read. It’s also one of those books you could use to bludgeon someone to death. It clocks in at over a thousand pages and in some parts, it was too long.
Smells of dirt and wet and long-gone vegetables would merge into one unmistakable, inelutable smell, the smell of the monster, the apotheosis of all monsters. It was the smell for something for which he had no name: the smell of It, crouched and lurking and ready to spring. A creature which would eat anything but which was especially hungry for boymeat.
And yet… yet… the book was also deliciously creepy. The atmosphere of the book was great. There’s this normal-seeming town but we got abandoned houses, a canal running through the city, the wild landscape of The Barrens and the sewers underneath the city.
And somewhere, Pennywise, the clown. A strange creature luring children to it – and to their death.
The clown’s arms tightened, and Hagarty heard ribs splinter.
“Float with us, Don,” the clown said out of its grinning red mouth and then pointed with one of its white-gloved hands under the bridge.
Pennywise, It, is the constant threat hanging over them and the town and he is one of the creepiest, most dangerous monsters I have ever read about.
All that is standing between Pennywise and the death of hundreds is a small group of kids, outsiders at their school.
The book changes between what happened during that summer when they confronted It as kids and the present, when they return to Derry to confront their past once again.
Both stories were interesting, though a bit weird at parts (I found the part of the story where they escape the sewers as kids really, really odd and utterly unnecessary).
Despite being so long it is a story that is hard to put down – and dangerous to read at night in a darkened room.
There’s a good reason this is a horror classic: atmospheric and utterly creepy, it is a gripping read.