TO THE CHILDREN, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered, a good place to live. It was the children who sawand feltwhat made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, It lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each persons deepest dread. Sometimes It reached up, seizing, tearing, killing The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of It was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until the grown-up children were called back, once more to confront It as It stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.STEPHEN KING is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges TrilogyMr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watchand the story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. His epic series, The Dark Tower, is the basis for a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and MatthewMcConaughey. King is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He and his son Owen King coauthored the novel Sleeping Beauties. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.