What is It?

Stephen King

Summary of It

A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children. The seven had vowed to return to Derry if It should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry's sewers once more.

It

It was born way beyond space and time. We don't exactly know when It was born or why. It originated in a mysterious void containing and surrounding the universe, a place known as the 'Macroverse'. It's true name is unknown but in the book, It claims to be 'Robert Gray'. For millions of years, It dwelled underground, awaiting for arrival of mankind. Once people arrived, and settled over the resting place of It, Derry would be built. It had adopted a pattern of hibernating and waking every 30 years to kill many children.


It is represented as fear, the effects and the results of it, not in just children but adults as well. Fear that traumatizes children's childhood into their adulthood. "Fear isn't something we can exactly get rid of, we have to confront it and realize we are afraid of the fear and overcome that fear. Fear is a vital response to physical or emotional danger. If we couldn't feel it, we wouldn't be able to protect ourselves. Traumas, or bad experiences, can trigger some of these fears within us that is quite hard to put an end to, yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons and monsters is the best way to move past them." Said by Matt Huston, a news editor.


"We touch each fear with all the curiosity of self-interest", said Stephen King. The Losers Club, a group of seven kids, in 1958, who seem to be the only surviving patch of children by Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Yet, after what is a few months, in June, the group of children finally "touch" this fear, this monster, and confronts to the monster, to get over it and be free from his terrorizing and haunting. However, they didn't quite "kill" this fear, they only injured him bad enough to force him back into an early hibernation.


"Twenty-eight years" pass and It is out of hibernation. The group of children, still traumatized, had made a promise, if It were to come back they would return to Derry and finally defeat It. "Experiencing trauma in childhood can have a long-lasting effect. When not resolved, a sense of fear carries over into adulthood, making the trauma even worse for the being." said by Jeanne Segal, a doctor of philosophy. It, with this control, thought he could get rid of this group when they arrived back to fulfill their promise, then to continue with his killing spree.

Fun facts

~ There is a remake coming out, it is said to be on September 8th, 2017.

~ The remake is coming out about 27 years after the first film was made; Pennywise hibernate for 27-30 years.

~ Beverly and Richie, two kids from the Losers Club, reappear after the events of It as characters in Stephen King's 11/22/63.

~ Pennywise has an enemy of his own that isn't the Losers Club, its name is The Turtle (Maturin), who is also from The Macroverse.

Stephen King's IT Trailer (1990)
Stephen King's "It" (Georgie Scene)

MLA Citation

King, Stephen. It. New York, NY, U.S.A.: Viking, 1986. Print.


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Bleyer, Jennifer, Kaja Perina, and Matt Hutson. "Psychology Today." Fear.

John Thomas, n.d. Web. 18 May 2016.