One Fucking Scary Clown: Stephen King’s “It”

ItIt by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up to cure me of my “Stranger Things” hangover. I had seen the TV mini-series back in the day and had always meant to read through it. I’ve read my fair share of Stephen King; I don’t know if I would call this his masterpiece but it ranks up there with Misery which gave me nightmares.

If you’re just discovering Stephen King, I highly recommending The Stand. The book marks an interesting chapter in his ouvre; he was getting a lot of backlash about his “Magical Negro” characters, and borderline anti-semitic langauge. To his credit, I think King was actually trying to raise awareness of the world’s ills as opposed to fueling them. The monster at the heart of the story is definitely and allegory for bigotry.

Suffice it to say, this is one scary clown but it’s also a well crafted novel that rivals anything by Stephen King’s contemporaries were writing at the time such as John Irving. I loved how he captured just a few days in the lives of these characters and how he illustrated the same events from six points of view. He masterfully spreads the book’s secrets out across 1150 pages and ties everything up nicely at the end.

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About garpinbc

Author of the forthcoming "Same Love" published by Lorimer, as well as the memoir "Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe", and the YA short, "Haters Gotta Hate".
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3 Responses to One Fucking Scary Clown: Stephen King’s “It”

  1. As a King fan, I feel bad to not have read this 🙂 lovely post

    P.S. The Stand is epic

    • garpinbc says:

      I read The Stand back in the eighties and I was disappointed with the ending. I really enjoyed 11/22/63 and Under the Dome. But my all time favourite is still Misery. I have Mr. Mercedes on my Kindle.

      • I loved The Stand tho but I absolutely adored Under The Dome probably one of his best books and I can’t wait for 11/22/63. You should definitely read Mr. Mercedes it was so fun and thrilling 🙂

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