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has captured imaginations (and scared off pants) since its publication in 1986.

The idea to make a seemingly harmless clown the preferred form of his shape-shifting monster may not have come at all, if not for a chance encounter on an airplane.

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As King tells it, while he was crossing a wooden bridge over a dry creek bed, he thought back to one of the horror stories of his own childhood, "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." He remembered how that story's troll—who lived under a bridge "very much like the one [he] was crossing"—would approach its victims with the question "who is that trip-trapping on my bridge? The afterword offers further glimpses into the origins of Derry, the quaint little town with a horrifying secret which has since reappeared in several of his works.

" This question, King says, "struck [him]—even as a child—as innocent on top, but very sinister beneath." This led him to begin thinking about the fantastical fears of our childhood in contrast to our more mundane adult fears, and he "began to see a structure where [he] could alternate children battling real monsters with the adults they became… The town of Bangor, Maine, where King and his family were living at the time the novel was conceived, served as the inspiration for 's setting.

I also learned about the miles of sewers beneath the city, some of them…

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