"The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years- -if it ever did end- -began, so far as I can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain."
This is the first line of "It," the beginning to one of Stephen King s masterpieces, and probably the most incredible story I ve ever read. Those who complain about it s length... they need patience. Those who complain about its characters... they need to look around at themselves and others. Those who complain about it being vulgar, vile, or horrific... that s part of the story, and not to embrace it means you miss out on something extraordinary.
On a cross-country red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, ten passengers awaken to find that the crew and most of their fellow passengers have disappeared.
There is Brian Engle, an off-duty airline pilot. Dinah Bellman, a young blind girl with minor psychic powers. Fifth-grade teacher Laurel Stevenson, who takes to watching over Dinah. Nick Hopewell from England. Don Gaffney, a retired tool-and-die engineer. There is Rudy Warwick, a businessman. Albert Kaussner, a talented teen violinist. Bethany Simms, a teenager with drug problems. Rounding out the group is Bob Jenkins, a mystery author and Craig Toomy, an irritable investment banker on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. They realize only those sleeping are now left on the plane. Engle takes control and lands the plane in Bangor, Maine