It by Stephen King

itFear is very natural. People like to challenge their limits on how far they can go. Reading a horror genre book is one of my preferences, not because I like to challenge my limit, but it’s simply because horror is beautiful.

Ghosts and demons appear in many forms. It depends where the movie/book that you read originated from. “Apparition” or “the spirit of the dead” in America are normally vampires, werewolves, or devil. But “apparition” in Asia are beyond devil. Kuntilanak is a young woman who dresses in a white and has a long black hair. Cut out the fact that she’s creepy and always appears at certain place, like on the top of a tree or… behind you.

A horror genre novel doesn’t always involve demon. Take Carrie by Stephen King as an example. There wasn’t any Satan involved. It was Carrie herself who made the whole story spooky — because she had the telekinesis power. To think that a clown at King’s It could be eerie is very interesting one. Yes, that funny person at a five year old kid’s birthday party is scary. I  have a huge fear of clowns ever since I was small. It turns out that my fear is very common for some people. Clowns do look frightening. It is the way the clown’s laugh and his cosmetics–the pale  white face with maroon bloody lips . It is difficult to even consider a clown as funny.

It happened in a town named Derry where there were lots of strange things happened. The child murders seemed to be a normal thing which happened in a cycle of 27-28 years. At some witnesses, a clown was seen killing the children. But of course, the police didn’t really believe them. After all, it’s a clown – something that was meant to be funny, not to be considered as plain horror. But, the clown – that called as “It” had its grip over its town. It could control and manipulate people making them forget about the incidents which happened.

Seven kids were involved between this horror. They had hurt It enough to stop its killing spree for some time before the cycle continues. The kids were: Stan Uris who was the Jew, Beverly Marsh who was the only girl in the group, Ben Hanscom who was the fat one, Bill Denbrough who stuttered and had his little brother George who killed by It earlier, Richie Tozier who had a ‘potty mouth’ and was really light-hearted, Eddie Karpsbark whose mother convince he got asthma and Mike Halon who was an African-American kid. They formed a club called ‘The Losers’, since together, they thought they were basically a bunch of whims.

This story had two parts. One of them which happened in 1958, when all the characters were still children, and again when they all became grownups and were nearing their middle ages. It does feel strange that something which has haunted the past would return once again in a full force. And this is what made this story even scarier.

The first time the story went on was during their childhood. They each experienced the horror. They realized it was somehow connected, and they formed the club. Their one and only goal was to wipe off It. Their courage to try and wipe out a monster is praise worthy for me. It takes a lot of guts to square off with something that ones are afraid of. It’s not easy at all. Trying to overcome it? Well, that’s even harder.

The monster, as mentioned, did not only take one form, although its most preferred form was a clown. It could change shape, or morph into the creature that one fears the most: a werewolf, a leper, or blood bursting everywhere.

The second part of the story happened when all the kids grew up. Before they left, they made an oath to come back when killings/murders started to happen again. They were drawn back together by phone calls. Turns out It had returned. And this time, they had to really finish it once and for all.

Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books has sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman and six non-fiction books. I really want to try and read another one of his books, as it’s difficult to search for a good scary novel.


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