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First Edition ‘It’ by @StephenKing #oldbooks #bookcovers

Published in 1986, It was Stephen King’s 22nd book and the 17th written under his name. His first published novel, Carrie, appeared in 1973 though it was actually the fourth he wrote, on a a portable typewriter belonging to his wife. It tells of seven children as they are terrorized by an evil entity that exploits the fears of its victims to disguise itself while hunting its prey. I have read it once, in my twenties, and it terrified me. I was unable to sleep for days afterwards and have not seen the films, though I still own the paperback. My paperback [above] is the 1987 New English Library edition with the cover line ‘The Terrifying New Bestseller’. The first edition [above left] was first published in the USA by Viking on September 15, 1986. King first thought of the story in 1978 and began writing it in 1981. His original concept was that the title character would live in the local sewer system, inspired by the Norwegian folk tale Three Billy Goats Gruff, who lived beneath a bridge. The current UK edition [above] is published by Hodder. BUY THE BOOK The story During a heavy rainstorm, six-year-old Georgie Denbrough
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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.It 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. In 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
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