Zakk reviews “IT” by Stephen King


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Zakk reviews “IT” by Stephen King. 1137 pages published in 1986.

“The terror, which would not end for another 28 years-if it ever did end-began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.”

It began for the Losers on a day in June of 1985, the day school let out for the summer. That was the day Henry Bowers carved the first letter of his name on Ben Hanscom’s belly and chased him into the Barrens, the day Henry and his Neanderthal friends beat up on Stuttering Bill Denbrough and Eddie Kaspbrak, the day Stuttering Bill had to save Eddie from his worst asthma attack ever by writing his bike to beat the devil. It ended in August, with seven desperate children in search of a creature of unspeakable evil and the drains Beneze dairy. In search of IT. And somehow it ended.

Or so they thought.

“Maybe there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends – maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they’re always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for too, if that’s what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.”

“IT” is my all time favorite read. It’s deep, challenging & heartbreaking. IT taps into so many personal primal fears that it feels like it was written solely to scare to jeebus out of me. The secrets and warnings of the universe can be found within these pages, one must only decipher the obtuse riddle hidden amongst the words.

King’s prose melts like butter. So fluid. It is maple syrup sweet with the impact of cyanide. Snaring you, the reader in a trap where even escape feels like loss. This world is populated with nothing but flesh and blood characters, no not characters, people, real live people breathing, yelling screaming. It’s almost as if you are standing on the street corner helplessly witnessing events unfold. No power to change, just observe.
I believe that this is King at his most powerful, written at a point in his life when he was consumed by alcohol and falling apart, and is required reading for horror fans.

“You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for… and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you.”

Overall score: 10/5
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I recently read IT for the first time back in early 2015. I’m glad I finally wised up. Those characters/people were some of the best I’d ever seen written and very inspirational in understanding how real writers can create fictional populations. There were a few bumps along the way, parts of the book, certain sexual rituals that I did not fully understand the purpose of. I’m sure there is some kind of meaning behind them or he wouldn’t have included it in his text. Overall, I thought IT was a fantastic, horrifying, and tragic journey about growing up, losing contact with childhood, and moving on.


    1. m0uthskateer says:

      I hear you about the sex, totally not necessary. But totally Stephen King at his most self destructive, unable to restrain his own mind. I’ve read it twice, then a third trip via audiobook and it’s a pure black hole sucking you from reality and wishing you to Derry. I flipped through the first couple of pages and was immediately hooked again, wanting nothing more than to cozy up in my reading spot and take the journey again. I flipped my wig when a couple of the kids (POSSIBLE SPOILER?) popped up in 11/22/63. This book calls to me.

      P.s. I was listening to the audiobook at work after hours, around midnight and a single balloon floats past my desk at about head level. There were balloons in the store due to some sort of event so it wasn’t totally random, just really unsettling. When I left work, there was a fancy balloon bouquet hovering in a turn lane right outside in the parking lot, that WAS totally random and very unsettling.


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