The story begins in the 1950’s when future horror writer Bill Denbrough’s little brother George takes a paper boat on its maiden voyage along the flooded streets of Derry, Maine. It is here that little Georgie meets the omnipotent demonic entity known as “Pennywise the Dancing Clown”. His boat gets lost in the sewer and Pennywise coaxes him to reach in to get it, Pennywise tears off his arm and kills the youngster.
During this time, It, is killing and eating children all over Derry. Eventually, it is up to the “Loser’s Club” to put their wills together and try to defeat It. Which they do and they make a blood pact to return if It ever comes back.
It is the 1980’s and after a grisly murder of a young gay man, another killing spree begins. It has awakened and is feeding on the town once again.
I loved this story so much that I bought the new release of the 25th Anniversary edition. This edition, put out by Cemetery Dance is a hard cover edition with a new introduction and afterword by the author. It is also filled with illustrations and paintings by Alan M. Clark and Erin Wells with a masterful cover by Glen Orbik. This edition is not available any more and I was one of the lucky few to purchase it.