Stephen King’s IT is one of his most successful novels, and with good reason: it’s absolutely terrifying. A tale of two time periods, childhood and adulthood, it follows the lives of the ‘Losers’ Club’: a group of friends in Derry, as they face a resurgent evil buried deep within their town.
A lengthy text at over 1100 pages, IT bears many trademarks of King; alcoholism, dejection, and broken families (to name a few). King has a marvellous way of intertwining the lives of characters in a manner that gives life and depth to these individuals, and makes their interpersonal struggles have a real impact (exemplified by the incredibly poignant closing sentence).
This novel is scary not least because of the monster, but because of the realistic and equally horrifying characterisation of many facets of human evil. As Halloween draws closer, this book should be on the top of your ‘to read’ list!