It… and the power of fiction

On Friday 13th September, in a small English town, an anonymous clown terrified passers-by. He stood on street corners, holding a bunch of balloons, and stared at passers-by. It must be 26 years since I read It  by Stephen King [first published in paperback in the UK in 1987] but to this day I remember clearly how much that book frightened me.indie cutting 20-9-13It is the only novel I have been forced to sit up reading all night, not being able to sleep until I finished it… because I was terrified. I didn’t want to finish it, I wanted to throw it away [I didn’t, this is my paperback, below]; but knew I would not sleep easily until I got to the end. I trusted Mr King to give me a resolution at the end which would let me sleep freely. I haven’t picked up the book since. Needless to say, I don’t like being frightened. I don’t like horror movies, I don’t like fairground rides, I don’t like heights. Stephen KingIn the 1990 US TV mini-series, Pennywise was played by Tim Curry [below]. I didn’t watch it.



Last week, Pennywise was again terrifying people. In Northampton, England. This time it was a local man, a Stephen King fan, who dressed up as a clown. It didn’t appear to be a publicity stunt for King’s novel Doctor Sleep, itself a sequel to The Shining.

Read Pennywise’s interview with the Northampton Chronicle.

Were you terrified by Pennywise? Have you ever had to finish reading a book in one sitting? Why?

Stephen King


‘It’ by Stephen King [UK: Hodder]

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