Study Guide

It The Supernatural

By Stephen King

The Supernatural

It has werewolves, vampires, mummies, witches, zombies, talking severed heads, and crazy killer clowns galore.

You best believe the supernatural is at work here.

It is basically an incomparable force for evil that loves scaring the bejeezus out of everyone, and it does that by manifesting as their worst nightmares. And yeah, maybe adults have nightmares about taxes and insurance policies, but kids have nightmares about supernatural hijinks. So that is exactly what It disguises itself as.

It is a meditation on youth and memory and desire…but it's also just a good old-fashioned, scare-your-pants-off supernatural horror story.

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. How does It blur the line between "supernatural" and "spiritual"? 
  2. Which of the supernatural creatures is the most dangerous, and why? 
  3. Would you classify It as a supernatural creature? Why or why not?

Chew on This

It shows that reality is more terrifying than fantasy.

It shows that children have more interesting fears than adults.

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