Stephen King’s ‘It’ 25th Anniversary

By on 25 May 2011

In 1986 an increasingly well known author by the name of Stephen King created a character so evil, and so seemingly ingrained in many of our childhood fears, that it would never be forgotten. The being ‘It’, or Pennywise, would become an iconic symbol of all that is terrifying – a sadistic clown who likes to feed on children.

Pennywise the clown was just one of It’s manifestations though, used to illicit as much fear as possible before killing it’s victims and only a group of children had managed to defeat the monster. Twenty five years later It returns and the friends, now adults, must return to their hometown of Derry to fight it once more. Not all of them would survive.

“It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers It lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes It reached up, seizing, tearing, killing…”

Twenty five years after the original novel was published it’s popularity and success are being celebrated with a special limited anniversary edition from horror publishers Cemetery¬† Dance. The book features a new afterword from King himself on why he wrote the book, full colour wrap-around artwork by noir comic artist Glen Orbik and almost thirty new illustrations inside. Cemetery Dance say “This fine collectible volume will be available in three states, all of them printed in two colors and bound in fine materials that go beyond the scope and quality of our other much-acclaimed Stephen King special editions.” You can pre-order your copy here for $125!

Taken from the new afterword, King writes “I worked on the book in a dream. I remember very little about the writing of it, except for the idea that I’d gotten hold of somethingthat felt very big to me, and something that talked about more than monsters”

There has also been talk from Warner Bros of making a feature length film of the best selling novel but many think the length of the book prohibits anything of merit being produced. The book was already made into a TV mini-series in 1990 with Rocky Horror’s Tim Curry as the title role.

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