The connections between It and The Shining may inform us what even Pennywise fears

With the discharge of It and The Darkish Tower (and, hell, even Gerald’s Sport), increasingly more informal Stephen King followers are listening to inform of the “darkish universe” that connects so a lot of his books. Pennywise and the Losers’ Membership, for instance, not solely seem in It, however are additionally both referenced or seen in King books like The Tommyknockers, Insomnia, 11/22/63, Dreamcatcher, and extra. A brand new video essay, nevertheless, exhibits how a reference in It to one more King guide may present some perception into what makes the central core of youngsters on the coronary heart of the story so particular.

In It, a facet story particulars The Black Spot, a membership that burned down in It’s hometown of Derry, Maine years earlier than the occasions of the guide. One of many tragedy’s few survivors is a personality we’ve seen in a earlier King novel: The Shining’s Dick Hallorann, the character who basically introduces the idea of getting “the shine” (some degree of psychic skill) into the King universe. Because the above essay factors out, Hallorann’s point out in It is delicate, but telling, because it not solely exhibits that one’s skill to shine exists throughout the world of It, but in addition factors to the likelihood that what binds the Losers’ Membership collectively is their communal skill to shine like each Hallorann and younger Danny Torrance in The Shining.


The essay gives quite a few examples—many plucked from the guide’s second half, so, , spoiler alert—because it posits that it’s the shine that gained’t enable Pennywise to knock off our protagonists in the identical manner he does different youngsters within the story. The query lingers, then: Is the shine the one factor that terrifies this demonic clown? It’s fascinating stuff for King followers, and a nice primer for simply how intensely deep the myriad connections between King’s books go.

It doesn’t fairly clarify how this occurred:

However possibly King can clarify that crossover in no matter’s he engaged on subsequent.

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