Stephen King’s massive 1986 novel It is 1,200 pages of child gang activity, child murder, child attempted-murder, and about 10 pages of a child orgy. He doesn’t really understand why you’re so hung up on the last part, though.
In a 2013 forum post, a fan shared an unsourced statement from King which read, in part:
“I wasn’t really thinking of the sexual aspect of it... The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood. It’s another version of the glass tunnel that connects the children’s library and the adult library. Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues.”
This weekend, Vulture got in touch with King to see if that statement actually came from him, and to ask if he would like to...