Adrian Daub’s fascinating essay in the LA Review of Books on the Stephen King classic IT — now 30 years old — reveals that the real horror of IT wasn’t Pennywise the supernatural clown, but our own, entirely human ability to forget the horrors of the past.
Okay, I admit it, I never actually read the book myself. I did however, watch the miniseries made about it, and had nightmares for months after. Who would imagine that a clown, the very image of childhood innocence and fun, could be so terrifying? Perhaps that was Stephen King’s intent. Who would expect the icon of circuses and birthday parties could embody evil?
What monsters of books or screen terrify you the most? I’d love to hear from you.