It (Sep 1986)

The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey.

Common King themes:

  • Main character is a writer (Bill Denbrough grows up to be an author.)
  • Domestic violence (Bev Marsh's husband is abusive. It ends poorly. For him.)
  • Laughter used to defeat evil (Bill tells his friends that Pennywise can be defeated by jokes and riddles.)

It has connections to the following books:

Part 1 / Chapter 2 / Section 18 : Shawshank Prison

Steve Dubay gets sent to Shawshank for the murder of Adrian Mellon.

John Webber Garton was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to ten to twenty years in Thomaston State Prison.     Steven Bishoff Dubay was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to fifteen years in Shawshank State Prison.     Christopher Philip Unwin was tried separately as a juvenile and convicted of second-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to six months at the South Windham Boys' Training Facility, sentence suspended.

Part 1 / Chapter 3 / Section 3 : Hemingford Home, NE

The adult Ben Hanscom ends up here.

If, on that night of May 28th, 1985, you had wanted to find the man Time magazine had called 'perhaps the most promising young architect in America' ('Urban Energy Conservation and the Young Turks,' Time, October 15,1984), you would have had to drive west out of Omaha on Interstate 80 to do it. You'd have taken the Swedholm exit and then Highway 81 to downtown Swedholm (of which there isn't much). There you'd turn off on Highway 92 at Bucky's Hi-Hat Eat-Em-Up ('Chicken Fried Steak Our Specialty') and once out in the country again you'd hang a right on Highway 63, which runs straight as a string through the deserted little town of Gatlin and finally into Hemingford Home.

Part 2 / Derry: The Second Interlude : Dick Halloran

Dick is mentioned as an Army cook and member of the African-American army nightclub in Derry called "The Black Spot", which was burned down by the Legion of White Decency (the Maine equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan) in 1930. Dick's Shining allowed him to save the lives of several other clubgoers, including Mike Hanlon's father. He is also notable for being one of the only sane adults able to see It in one of its varying forms.

There was a lot of bitterness about it, but what could we do? We had no real power. It was this young fellow, a Pfc. named Dick Hallorann who was a mess-cook, who suggested that maybe we could fix it up pretty nice if we really tried.

Part 5 / Chapter 19 / Section 9 : 1958 Plymouth Fury

Butch Bowers drove a '58 Plymouth Fury, and Henry Bowers has an unfortunate run-in with that same car...

He reached the intersection of the seminary path and the sidewalk and peered at the car, trying to make sense out of the hulk behind the wheel. But it was the car he recognized first - it was the one his father always swore he would own someday, a 1958 Plymouth Fury. It was red and white and Henry knew (hadn't his father told him often enough?) that the engine rumbling under the hood was a V-8 327.

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