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They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror within their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name...

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Overview

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror within their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name...

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The amazingly prolific King returns to pure horror, pitting good against evil as in The Stand and The Shining. Moving back and forth between 1958 and 1985, the story tells of seven children in a small Maine town who discover the source of a series of horrifying murders. Having conquered the evil force once, they are summoned together 27 years later when the cycle begins again. As usual, the requisite thrills are in abundance, and King's depiction of youngsters is extraordinarily accurate and sympathetic. But there is enough material in this epic for several novels and stories, and the excessive length and numerous interrelated flashbacks eventually become wearying and annoying. Nevertheless, King is a born storyteller, and It will undoubtedly be in high demand among his fans. BOMC main selection. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., Ct.
St. Petersburg Times
King's most mature work.
Chicago Sun-Times
A great book
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
King is our great storyteller.
Chicago Sun-Times
A landmark in American literature.
Los Angeles Times
It will overwhelm you... Characters so real you feel you are reading about yourself...Scenes to be read in a well-lit room only!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451169518
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 1104
  • Sales rank: 22,287
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.35 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    He Ain't Called King for Nothin'

    This is it, without even the tiniest shadow of a doubt. I've read a lot of books, ranging from classics, like Count Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and a lot of books by S.K. Himself. So far, I haven't come across one I haven't enjoyed on some level. I'm actually rereading it for a second time, and am just shy of page 30, which isn't even a dent in this 1,100-plus-page masterpiece. It's absolutely my favorite piece of litterature I've come across, and I hope, one day, I can come across a more durable first- or second-edition hardcover to replace the spine-tarnished, yellow-paged paperback I have. Long ramble short: It isn't for everybody--if you're looking for a more to-the-point horror story, try out Dean Koontz, who is also great--but if you're a fan of The King, and have't checked this out, I highly recomend it. I recomend, also, that you read this book in a dimly-lit room with no TV or music playing, with the door locked and the windows draped shut, so you can get the full effect.

    58 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    Brilliant!!!!

    This was only the fourth book that i had read by Stephen King. When i first picked it up, I was shocked that there was over 1000 pages. But i was drawn in within the first ten pages and had the book finished in 8 days. The plot was amazing, characters were well developed, and the deaths were brutal! Clowns have always and still to this day, scare the crap out of me. (The book didnt help too much with that)

    42 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great story, frustrating e-book.

    I won't bore you with my recap of the plot - the synopsis here is just fine. If you've ever read Stephen King before, you have a pretty good idea whether you'll like this one. In my opinion, IT is not as good as THE STAND, but on par with SALEM'S LOT and leaps and bounds better than UNDER THE DOME. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    If I were rating the story alone, I would have given it 5 stars. The e-book, though, gets three stars, because the formatting is absolutely awful... at least as the Nook displays it. Long stretches of text (in some places, close to 2 full pages) are inexplicably italicized. Sometimes, the italics stop just as inexplicably - in the middle of a sentence that's no different in tone or viewpoint than the ones leading up to it. In several places, there is a dangling half-paragraph requiring a page turn to get to the rest of the paragraph (and I'm not talking about the mid-sentence chapter breaks; I know those are correct).

    To top it off, there are several spelling errors - "rn" substituted for "m," the numeral "1" for the letter "l," and the like. I believe all of the formatting and typographical errors probably result from a bad scan of a print copy of the book. It needs fixing - it's embarrassing to have such a poor version of such a good book by such a popular author.

    22 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    Stephen Kings IT

    My name is Brock Golbeck and I am 16 years old. I read this in my English class and I'm writing this review for English class. The book I read was Stephen Kings book IT. It is about seven children who grow up together and were tormented by an evil that lived in the sewers in Derry, Maine where the book takes place.
    They worked together to try to stop the evil and they thought they had put an end to it. They made a vow to stop the evil if it came back, twenty-eight years later they heard of the evil terrorizing kids again and they reunite and come back to put a final end to IT.
    You will have to read this suspenseful book to find out why they didn't stop the evil when they were young and what things IT has done to them. But the book makes you question if you should leave things as is or should you be a good person and help others? After reading this horror I'm not sure what I would do. The major theme of the book is fear, everyone fears for their life because this evil.
    The seven main characters in the book are Mike Hanlon, Stan Uris, Richie Tozier, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Rogan, Eddie Kaspbrak and Bill Denbrough.
    The book and the movie go along good with each other with a few changes from the book which has more detail than the movie. If you don't like to read watching the movie might work best for you.
    On a scale of 1-5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best I think this book is a 5 star book, Stephen King is one of the best horror writers today and if you liked this book you might want to read some more of his books. I think anybody that likes books about horror will enjoy this book.

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2008

    IT

    Straight to the point: This is the first King book I read and it is my favorite book I have EVER read. I never wanted it to end. The characters have so much life, you will feel like you lived in Derry and were part of the club. Horrifying, funny, sad, depressing, exciting, adventure....This book has it all.

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Do NOT buy the ebook!

    This is the first book I ever read by Stephen King. I was the same age as the main characters and read it late at night, in bed, with a flashlight. It scared the bejeezus out of me and I've read it at least ten times since. It is an excellent novel and I highly recommend it.

    However, I do NOT recommend the ebook. It is very poorly formatted. Strange indents and tabs, poor punctuation, misspelling, and random italics make it a bad scan of a great book. It's a joke that no one even bothered to edit the file on such a high profile author.

    One star for the ebook copy. Please read the story but spend the money on a different version. This one is an embarrassment.

    17 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    This is IT!

    Horror literature has long been shunned as being the no-name brand of fiction; never taken seriously by critics but overall adored by the readers. The grisly tales of ghostly haunting, vampiric infestations and the all around Bogeyman serial killers have been written about for hundreds of years, and there are writers in the field past and present that have succeeded in scary the daylights out of you - yet you crave more like a thirsty hell hound. In all of those writers only one has time and again gone over the top, above and beyond and one step too far. He never lets the reader go and gets them deeper and deeper into the things that really scare us. Those things aren't always supernatural, but the everyday trials we face as human beings. That one writer is Stephen King. Out of his huge library of written works there is also only one tale that gets down to the root of what we fear and makes us face IT head on. IT!! What is IT? Anything at all - if you fear IT, you will confront IT. Supernatural or not the creature called It is the idea of terror. IT lingers under you skin, but you cannot scratch. King created the one truly all encompassing horror novel, because everything out there - in books, in movies, in real life is ever present to eat at you. I, The Nobody must confess that I have never been able to read this book straight through - IT is that scary. Not just the eerie and the horrifying, but the sadness that these characters are engulfed in. As kids we all dealt with bullies and some of us, broken homes or even worse - and our lives are reflected in each and every page. Even if you don't connect with one aspect of It, other parts you will. This will always endure as the one truly terrifying novel of all time. And the name says it all - IT! I am currently rereading it - and I will try to read IT all the way, instead of bits and pieces here and there. Can and entire city be haunted? Yes, IT can.
    Can entire universe be haunted - Yes. For It is also a connecting book to the Dark Tower Saga; the turtle, the deadlights. Derry is like your own hometown, but the evil is more insidious and floats down below.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Very long novel, but worth it.

    Okay, let me just say that the movie did not do 'It' justice. After all, which movie-based-on-a-book does? Besides for 'The Notebook'.

    Since the copy of 'It' I read was 1028 pages, I'll just list my comments instead of writing paragraph after paragraph.

    - super long, will keep you busy
    - it's actually frightening, a missing factor in 99% of the "scary" novels I've read
    - this made me scared of clowns
    - I felt like I was actually in Derry, fighting Pennywise with the Lucky Seven

    I would definitely recommend 'It' to anybody with a few hours and an open mind.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

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    The Best of Stephen King!

    I have read all of Stephen King and this is by far my favorite. I have read this particular book six times and always find myself engulfed in the story. The children feel real and genuine, the kind you can find in every small town. This is a thriller and no one does thrill like Stephen King.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Disgusting

    The shameless sexualization of a 12 year old girl in this book is disgusting. The way King describes her body, in one scene her shirt rips open exposing her breasts...it's so disturbing.
    On top of that, the book is full of pointless filler and goes from really scary to really ridiculous very quickly. Waste of time and extremely overrated.

    9 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

    Great Book

    starts slow, builds up the characters, and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire way.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Great story but the ending didn't cut it

    I'm a fan of King but I found the ending to be disturbing. Not in a gruesome or psychologically disturbing way, however. I love how King uses innate fears in his books but this was different; making me cringe, but not in a good way.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    The E-book is the way to go.

    I could never get through the paperback edition due to the small font size. I would get distracted and lose my focus. If you have the same problem then I would totally recommend this version. One of the reasons I love my NOOK!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2009

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    It

    This is one of the scariest books I have ever read. It thrilled me from start to finish. I suggest taking notes on characters as this book is very lengthy but it is one of the best books King has ever written. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good scare

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2008

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    it by stephen king

    the group of chracters have somthing of there own to fear. so thats wat so called IT brings them. the nightmares they have it brings it to life spiders, monsters even drunk mad parents. wats so sick is that it takes the form of pennywise the clown and i hate clowns. every twist and turn keeps you on your seat please keep the lights on as the best 1104 padges are worth reading.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    see the movie

    too long...go see the movie

    4 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

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    I don't scare easilly. Misery, by the same author, was the first

    I don't scare easilly. Misery, by the same author, was the first book to scare. Several years later, this was the second. This book is truely horrifying. The imagery and the helplessness of characters your made to care about are intense. A horror classic, and mabye the scariest book ever.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Penispenispenis

    Vagina

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Glorified child pornography, Absolutely horrible in every way

    I wish I had been spoiled before reading this book, then I wouldn't have wasted my time and money on 1000+ pages only to reach an ending so bad, so embarrassingly atrocious, that I seriously had to stop and do some research as to why this crap was allowed to be distributed to the public.

    SPOILER ALERT
    This book ends with a child orgy. You read that correctly, an child orgy, FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER right at the end of the book in the midst of a finale that literally made me angry and sick to my stomach.

    As if that isn't enough, and I wonder how that's even allowed, then there's the fact that this book is extremely confusing, makes no sense, full of awkward writing and awkward situations, most of this book's content could be edited out and leave you with the same amount of information since King takes about 2 pages to say something he could say in 2 sentences, etc, etc. There's so much bad to say about it, there simply isn't room to say it all here.

    In short, this book is horrible and should not exist.

    3 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    I never liked clowns....but now im petrified when i see one.

    I will never look at ballons, clowns, bathrooms and open closet doors the same way again!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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