It: A Novel

Stephen King's classic #1 New York Times bestseller and the basis for the massively successful films It: Chapter One and It: Chapter Two as well as inspiration for HBO Max's upcoming Welcome to Derry--about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled upon as evil without a name: It.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry's sewers.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.

"Stephen King's most mature work" (St. Petersburg Times), "It will overwhelm be read in a well-lit room only" (Los Angeles Times).
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1168 pages

Average rating: 8.09




Community Reviews

Jun 11, 2024
10/10 stars
Possibly on one the best novels by Stephen King yet. Sure it gets weird towards the end, and it is one hell of a long read. Inspired by the fairy tale Billy goat gruff 7 kids must face their fears (the troll) by whatever Pennywise’s the dancing clown takes form of. (The setting being the bridge and the characters’ live from childhood to adulthood being the journey across the bridge) it will be up to the group known as the Losers club to bond together to conjure the unimaginable horror that everyone in town refuses to acknowledge. Will they grow up and defeat IT once and for all, or will they become troll food in the next 27 years?
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May 10, 2024
Longest and best book I’ve ever read. The audiobook also takes this book to another level!
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Apr 16, 2024
7/10 stars
Very creepy! Loved it read part of it, and listened
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Jan 30, 2024
10/10 stars
Scared the crap out of me in the eighth grade, reread it in my 20s and then reread it again in 2020. Classic horror
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Sep 07, 2023
Challenge yourself to read this amazing novel and not picture Kathy Bates as the delightful Annie Wilkes.
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