Author: Stephen King
Awards: Locus Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (1987), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (1987), Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (1994), British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1987)
Synopsis: To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.
It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.
Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
Originally Published: September 1986
Recommended for: Anyone who loves horror. Much better than the movie, this was my first real introduction to horror, and the book that made me fall in love with Stephen King. Granted, I was already terrified of clowns and I would NOT go near a drain or toilet after dark for MONTHS afterward, I became addicted to the adrenaline rush. This is what horror was meant to be, and is a must read for horror fans over the age of 13.