IT is a powerful female glamour. IT was created, probably indirectly, by Gan, as opposition to the Turtle. IT represents many things: first and foremost, it is a glamour so powerful that it has reached the status of a deity and exists as the chaos and malevolence to Maturin (the Turtle’s) order and kindness. It is a single-minded creature, and its true form is an endless wall of colorful, insane light that exists outside of the universe, in the Macroverse. Viewing its true form causes mortals to be pulled into the Deadlights (its true form/eyes) and induces insanity. IT was born from the darkness of todash or the Prim, the space in between dimensions that houses very powerful, very deadly demons and monsters. IT’s physical form arrived on Earth in a meteor. On Earth it discovered that the human imagination made the taste of their flesh very rich: because of this, and because of its near-deity status, humans which view IT see it as their greatest fear reflected back at them. This also means that IT represents the Boogeyman, or childhood fear in general – it prefers to prey on children since their fears are more tangible, and in doing this it becomes a representation of the monster “under the bed” or “in the closet-“ a monster that every child fears but few have names for. IT wakes up to feed every 30 years, between which it hibernates. This 30 year period represents the shift from childhood to adulthood. Each time IT awakes and sleeps, it causes a catastrophic event to occur in Derry, representing the awakening or hibernation: The Ironworks exploded, a fire happened at a local restaurant, a gunfight, etc. IT, as far as is known, acknowledges no other cosmic beings besides itself and the Turtle, the creature who created the Earth. While in the Macroverse, IT looks only in one direction: towards the Earth, and thus sees nothing of the rest of the Macroverse. IT does not become aware of the Other, or Gan, until near the end of the novel. IT’s physical form, the shapeshifter, lives on Earth, while IT’s true form resides outside of our dimension. The form it chooses to take the most often is that of a clown named Pennywise; whose real name is supposedly Bob Gray. Pennywise is intended to provide its victims with a false sense of security; first creating an aura of friendliness before moving in for the final kill. IT appears to have developed a sense of humor in its time on Earth, as it will often joke with and laugh at its victims when they are proving to be more difficult to handle than its usual fair. IT will often leave messages, notes, or drawings that are threatening to the individual that IT intends to hunt. IT possibly influenced the creation of Derry, and IT also represents the spirit of the town – it is a dead town with a maze of sewers beneath it, a town where the murders and unfortunate happenstances generally tend to go unnoticed, thanks to IT. IT and Derry seem to share a symbiotic relationship: It is unknown whether one can exist without the other, one of the many reasons why many people tend to dislike Derry but don’t particularly know the reason for the dislike. IT must abide by the rules of the physical form that it chooses to take. For example, when in the form of a werewolf, silver is known to be particularly harmful to it. IT is also known to influence the behavior of the citizens of Derry, making them both dismissive and occasionally ill-willed. In the Stephen King universe, the Dark Tower is the physical form of Gan, or God. The Dark Tower is held up and protected by beams, and these beams are guarded by animals Gods. One of these animal Gods is the Turtle, Maturin. While these beams hold up and protect the universe, there are beams on the outside of the universe that pull in the opposite direction, seeking to topple the Dark Tower and cause chaos. These beams are guarded by demonic guardians and are possibly represented by various colors of the rainbow. It is a common theory among Stephen King fans that IT represents the opposition to the Turtle’s beam: that it is the demon that guards the beam opposite to the Turtle (possibly the orange beam). This is further supported by the fact that IT actually mentions the Beam in IT. There is another creature in the Stephen King universe that is the same, or a very similar species, to IT. His name was Dandelo, and unlike IT, he was a creature who fed off of the emotion of laughter instead of fear. He, however, is much less powerful than IT and is more bound to his physical nature. He has a robot named Stuttering Bill.