Moment in the book that really frightens me *spoilers*

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staropeace

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It's that part where Mike is biking home at night from visiting his dad in the hospital and he suddenly realizes what a vulnerable position he's in and that Pennywise could strike at any time. I hate reading that part at night.
Yes, the idea of horror can be scariest of all. Blood and guts are not quite as scary as anticipated horror.
 

Doc Creed

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It's that part where Mike is biking home at night from visiting his dad in the hospital and he suddenly realizes what a vulnerable position he's in and that Pennywise could strike at any time. I hate reading that part at night.
There's another scene when Mike is alone in the library after hours and he feels the presence of Pennywise. I think there was a yellow balloon that floats past him. I also like when Ben sees the mummy on the frozen canal.
The Tommyknockers gave me more nightmares, though. Don't get me wrong, I feared for our characters when they were in danger but the scares were minimal. It sounds odd since this gargantuan novel is bursting with every monster under the sun but I have never seen it as one of his scariest.
 

AchtungBaby

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There's another scene when Mike is alone in the library after hours and he feels the presence of Pennywise. I think there was a yellow balloon that floats past him. I also like when Ben sees the mummy on the frozen canal.
The Tommyknockers gave me more nightmares, though. Don't get me wrong, I feared for our characters when they were in danger but the scares were minimal. It sounds odd since this gargantuan novel is bursting with every monster under the sun but I have never seen it as one of his scariest.
I agree with you on both counts, Doc. The woods give me the heebie jeebies. I live deep in the woods, so maybe that's why Tommyknockers has always been one of my favorites.
 

Doc Creed

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I agree with you on both counts, Doc. The woods give me the heebie jeebies. I live deep in the woods, so maybe that's why Tommyknockers has always been one of my favorites.
Exactly. I remember getting so many uneasy vibes from that book. The universal fear and paranoia of your friend(s) and town turning into "pod people", the low basso profundo hum of grinding machinery, the washing machines and green light...so many things that got in my head and burrowed there. Ha.
 

recitador

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Exactly. I remember getting so many uneasy vibes from that book. The universal fear and paranoia of your friend(s) and town turning into "pod people", the low basso profundo hum of grinding machinery, the washing machines and green light...so many things that got in my head and burrowed there. Ha.
tommyknockers doesn't get a lot of love, but i dig a good body snatchers type story any day.
 

Grannie CeeCee

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Yeah, I'm having to put the book down before the scary parts, just to gather my nerve. It's a little weird, because I really remembered very little about the book from back when I first read it in the 80's. But as I progress, I'll remember what's about to happen, and I'm like, "OhFUDGE." and put it down.

Apparently, like the characters, I'd just forgotten the trauma, but now that I've returned, it's all coming back to me.
 

Reactor

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I never found that part scary at all, simply because I knew that It was snoozing that time. Since the Losers kicked It's arse down the sewers, It had no choice but to retreat early. It is even mentioned towards the end that It was gone for 27 years after their first clash, and the cycle ended abruptly. So Mike was absolutely safe. And yes, he knew about the cycle thanks to his father, so during those hospital visits, he had nothing to afraid of.

About the eerie, scarry parts, yup, there are many, after a while, I lost count of them. But here are the most notable:

- Patrick Hockstetter's death and the winged leeches.
- When Bill and Richie escaped from the Werewolf It, and looked back, they saw something orange blinking near the canal cover back there. For some reason, this sentence gave me the creeps.
- Eddie Corcoran's death.
- Stan's encounter in the water tower. Those footsteps, and the closed door. Mmmmm, freaky!!!
- Mike's first rememberances in the first interlude about John Markson, the lumberjack massacre and the exploding ironworks.
- The voices from the drains (Beverly, Mr. Ripsom, and the skateboard kid's tale)
 
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Wayoftheredpanda

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Nothing's scarier in the book than that chapter
giving Patrick such demented character, only to kill him with flying leeches soon after.

Also that scene where Henry is in the asylum and he starts hearing IT in the form of the clown-moon
 
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