The Scariest Stephen King Villain Is More Than Just A Creepy Clown

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The second part of Andrés Muschietti's IT film adaptation floated into theaters on Friday, which got me thinking about why that story — and that villain — are so unfathomably scary. I've got six crucial pieces of evidence as to why It is Stephen King's scariest villain.

There are major spoilers for Stephen King's IT novel, as well as Andrés Muschietti's IT: Chapter One and IT: Chapter Two below. The story also discusses suicide, which may be triggering to some readers.

First published in 1986, Stephen King's IT introduced the author's Constant Readers to Derry, Maine — a little hamlet plagued by freak accidents and grisly murders. After a young boy, Georgie Denbrough, is found murdered, his brother Bill organizes a group of preteens to find Georgie's killer. The seven children, known collectively as the Losers Club, go toe-to-toe with a mass-murdering creature known only as It. They manage to defeat It, but cannot kill It, and so the Losers resolve to return to Derry if and when It shows up again. Twenty-seven years later, one of the Losers, Mike, sounds the call to summon his friends back for another showdown with the monster. The premise is frightening, and It is nightmare-inducing — but why? Here's why I think It is the scariest of King's villains: