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Summary of "It" by Stephen King


"It" is a novel by Stephen King that intertwines horror, psychological themes, and the essence of childhood fears. Set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, the story spans over decades and follows a group of friends confronting an evil entity.

Beginning: The Tragic Incident of George Denbrough

The story begins in 1957 with a young boy, George Denbrough, innocently chasing a paper boat down a rain-soaked street​【oaicite:10】​. George, in his yellow raincoat and red boots, is a picture of childhood joy despite the relentless rain​【oaicite:9】​. His brother, Bill, who is home with the flu, creates the paper boat, setting the stage for a series of events that would haunt the town for years​【oaicite:8】​.

As George follows his boat, it eventually leads him to a storm drain, where he encounters a horrifying sight – a clown lurking in the sewer​【oaicite:7】​. This clown, known as Pennywise, offers George his boat back along with a balloon​【oaicite:6】​. Despite his initial hesitation, George is drawn in, leading to a terrifying and fatal encounter with the clown​【oaicite:5】​.

The Festival of Derry

The narrative then shifts to 1984, during the Festival of Derry, which is a significant event for the town, celebrating its history and boosting morale and economy​【oaicite:4】​. During the festival, a hate crime occurs when Adrian Mellon and his partner, Hagarty, become targets due to their sexual orientation​【oaicite:3】​. The incident is instigated by John "Web" Garton, who refuses to accept mockery and decides to confront Mellon​【oaicite:2】​. The confrontation escalates, leading to Mellon being assaulted and his flamboyant demeanor exacerbating the situation​【oaicite:1】​.


The novel "It" delves into the depths of childhood fears, manifesting them into the form of Pennywise the clown. It depicts the struggles of the main characters, both as children and adults, as they face their deepest fears in a town overshadowed by the sinister presence of an ancient evil. The story is not only a journey into horror but also an exploration of friendship, memory, and the loss of innocence.