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Fans Share Obscure Lore About Pennywise The Dancing Clown That You Might Not Know

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Since his inception in 1985, Pennywise the Dancing Clown has been doing his part to make sure coulrophobia continues to stay on the rise. From the original Stephen King novel It to the effectively-terrifying miniseries from the '90s to his more recent big screen antics, Pennywise has been an influential character of modern nightmares for four decades. But how much do people really know about the harlequin of horror? 

Fans of the book, the miniseries, and the movies have been sharing small details and forgotten lore about Pennywise. Here are a few hidden details you might not know about the Dancing Clown. 

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    Staring Into Pennywise's Deadlights Is An Experience Akin To Trauma

    Photo: It / ABC

    From Redditor u/MrPrezbo:

    Experiencing the Deadlights is such a traumatic experience that you cannot move, you cannot express yourself, and you cannot pull away. They have a hypnotizing effect, and the closest description I can make is that it's analogous to staring into hell. The deadlights are pure evil; they are the essence of pain, torment, and most crucially, fear.

    Staring too long into the Deadlights, especially if a person is already of weak mind or will, will cause insanity, paralysis, or death. 

    Creepy bit of lore?
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    Pennywise Has Been Spotted By Other Stephen King Characters In Other Books

    Photo: IT: Chapter 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    In Tommyknockers, Tommy Jacklin sees a "clown with shiny silver dollar eyes" peeking from the sewer during a supply run to Derry. 

    In 11/22/63, George Amberson meets Beverly Marsh and Ritchie Tozier. The trio talks about recent crimes in Derry, to which Beverly turns to Ritchie and whispers: “That wasn’t the clown.”

    From Redditor u/Sturgeon_Genital:

    [In the story Insomnia], the Crimson King/Queen tells Ralph 'shape-shifting is a time-honored custom in Derry.'

    The Crimson King from Insomnia is believed to also wield the demonic energy from the Deadlights.




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    Pennywise Is A Being That Is 'Older Than Time'

    Photo: It / ABC

    From the Redditor u/zedzulzorander:

    It came from outer space. From outside our universe, it is a being of pure evil, made of eternal malignant light clusters. It is a being older than time. Way before men walked the Earth, it landed as an asteroid on what is now the town of Derry. It slept for thousands of years, and got hungry and awoke when food presented itself: humans.

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    It Is Possible Pennywise Was Once A Circus Clown Before It Stole Its Form

    Photo: IT: Chapter 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From a deleted Redditor

    There is a decent amount of evidence to support that Pennywise was a clown and It just stole the name.  

    From Redditor u/feels-good-inc:

    Bob Gray was a clown called Pennywise that travelled in the circus with his daughter, Mrs. Kersh. One day, IT sneaked onto Bob's Circus train and killed Bob. It's hinted that IT also attacked Mrs. Kersh, (and maybe killed her) but Kersh's current state is unknown.

    From Redditor u/ggctuk:

    It's part of the illusion It conjured up for Beverly. No name is ever given to the man in the photo/the man Pennywising up as Bev tries to flee, but many believe that this 'human Pennywise' is Bob Gray.

    In the book, Mrs. Kersh states outright that her 'fadder' was Bob Gray, also known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but it's also clear in the book Mrs Kersh is It rather than any sort of offspring of It: It was just telling tall tales at that point. However, it is worth noting that this is only in the context of the book: as I said above, there's no identity attributed to the man aside from it being Pennywise sans clownface.

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