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Stephen King's classic #1 New York Times bestseller and the basis for the massively successful films It: Chapter One and It: Chapter Two as well as inspiration for HBO Max’s upcoming Welcome to Derry—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled upon as teenagers...an evil without a name: It.

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.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.

“Stephen King’s most mature work” (St. Petersburg Times), “It will overwhelm you…to be read in a well-lit room only” (Los Angeles Times).

Narrator: Steven Weber


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Stephen King's "It" is undoubtedly a masterful horror novel, intricately weaving together a web of terror that leaves readers feeling deeply unsettled. The book succeeds in creating a creepy, disgusting, and nerve-wracking atmosphere, capturing the essence of what a horror story is meant to be. First and foremost, the book excels in creating a sense of dread and fear. King's mastery of storytelling shines through as he builds tension throughout the narrative, keeping readers hooked and eager to know what happens next. King's writing style is engaging and immersive. He has a skill for vivid descriptions and creating a richly detailed setting that draws readers into the story. His ability to capture the essence of childhood and nostalgia is truly autenthic. King delves deep into the lives and backgrounds of the main characters, exploring their fears, vulnerabilities, and past traumas. This allows readers to form strong connections with the characters and become emotionally invested in their journey. The bond between the characters, their friendship, and their shared determination to confront their fears adds depth and humanity to the story. The concept of an ancient evil entity that takes the form of a terrifying clown, known as Pennywise, is brilliantly executed. It taps into universal fears and phobias, playing on deep-seated anxieties and primal instincts. The mythology and history behind Pennywise, as well as the larger universe King creates in the town of Derry, add layers of intrigue and mystery to the story and it creeped me out. "It" explores themes of friendship, courage, and the power of overcoming fear. But there was still something about the book that I disliked: The narrative often relies on traditional gender roles, portraying the male characters as the primary heroes while the female characters assume more passive or supportive roles. This reinforces gender stereotypes and limits the empowerment of the female characters. The portrayal of women in the book is often one-dimensional and stereotypical. Many of the female characters are defined solely by their relationships to the male characters in the story, and their actions and motivations are often driven by these relationships rather than their own agency. In the book, Beverly's character is often portrayed through a lens of objectification and sexualization. Her physical appearance and attractiveness are emphasized, sometimes in uncomfortable and unnecessary detail. Another issue with "It" is the excessive use of slurs directed towards certain groups of people. While some may argue that these slurs are used to accurately depict the language and attitudes of the time period in which the book is set, they still make for uncomfortable reading and may be triggering for some readers. In conclusion, King's ability to create an eerie atmosphere and evoke a sense of fear is undeniable. The intricate character development and the exploration of trauma and childhood fears are commendable aspects of the story. Despite the flaws, the book remains a classic of the horror genre and is worth reading for those who enjoy being scared by the most terrifying clown of all time.



Impressive. The movies are Nothing compared to this masterpiece. I’ve read about 8 king novels by now and this is high up there (Maybe on Top) of the favorites. Allthough one part (will not spoil) i found disturbing. I wished for an explanation of Why that part had to be there, some kind of rasionalitation- that it was important for the story, but it never came. Except for that part the book was awesome.