Stephen King’s It unleashed absolute terror on the world in 1986, and then again in 1990 with a nightmarish visual rendition, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Then in 2017, It was introduced once again to a whole new generation of horror fans, followed by its second part, two years later.
The story is about a parasitic entity that lures and kills children every 27 years, when it needs to feed. It takes the form of whatever it is you fear most. Since most children tend to have a fear of clowns, this entity takes the form of Pennywise the Clown. The main group of kids stop the entity but only temporarily, when it rises up after 27 years for more. As adults, the group reconvenes to stop this entity once and for all. Instead of a clown, however, it takes the form of a giant spider—since most adults have a healthy fear olf spiders, I’m assuming. There is obviously way more to the story but that is the most basic premise.
There have been many stories and films sharing a similar concept with only a few receiving acclaim and the rest being just awful. A few examples of the rare gems are Summer of Night by Dan Simmons, which shares a very similar premise but centers around different themes, and the popular Netflix show Stranger Things. Other movies that include a parasitic entity from alternate dimensions or share a similar concept as It are Alien, Splinter, The Thing, Dreamcatcher (any Stephen King, really), The Faculty, The Puppet Masters, Invasions of the Body Snatchers, The Host (2013), Venom, Slender Man, Shivers, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Mist, It Follows, The Babadook, The Evil Dead, and many, many more.
Are writers and directors trying to tell us something through their artistic mediums? It may sound ludicrous or paranoid thinking of a “conspiracy theorist,” but behind every theory, there is a bit of truth that keeps it alive. For someone with a religious background, it’s not so crazy to believe that there are other forces influencing human behavior. Beings such as the Djinn, demons, Samsara, the Demiurge, Archons, etc., have been within our collective consciousness for millennia. However, for someone with a more atheistic view, all it takes is an example from our “physical” world.
Many have heard of alien, reptilian, or insectoid beings possessing humans, particularly those in power, thanks to the research and work of people such as David Icke. But many people brush this off as ludicrous, not being able to fathom an invisible being having the ability to manipulate or brainwash a human being. They claim there’s no physical evidence, when all they have to do is open their eyes a little more and read on…
We humans can only see the visible light spectrum which is a tiny percentage of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. We can see and perceive each other because the atoms that make up each of us vibrate at similar frequencies within the visible light spectrum. Who’s to say there aren’t other beings that vibrate at much faster or lower frequencies? Imagine a ceiling fan. When it is moving slow, we can see each blade, but the faster it gets, the more invisible the blades become. This is essentially how energy, meaning frequencies within the electromagnetic spectrum work. Could there be other entities around us that we simply cannot perceive? It is likely.
Now, let’s take a look at nature, with the parasitic entity of It in mind…
There are many different species of wasps that act as parasitic puppet masters. They camp out beside a spiders web, apparently waiting for a young spider to stray from its colony. The wasps may prefer juveniles because of their softer shells and “less feisty” natures. The wasp then lays its larvae either in or on the spider’s back. Once there, it starts feeding on the arachnid’s abdomen. As the larva grows, it starts to control the spider’s brain, inducing it to create a different web than it normally creates.The parasitised orb-weavers spin a web just before the wasp larvae transform into adults and kill the spider.
The wasp larvae had induced the spiders to build a modified resting web as it would create a safer environment for the larvae to transform– just as a resting web creates the perfect conditions for the spider to moult. (Safe spaces, micromanaging parents). With these parasitic wasps, scientists suggest that this control over the spider could be caused by the wasp larvae injecting hormones into the spider which mimic hormones that control the spider’s moulting behaviour. In effect, the spiders have been drugged by the wasps into doing their bidding. (Fluoridated water, GMOs, pharmaceuticals, media…)
Most wasps are solitary, they are almost all predatory, and many tens of thousands of species are parasites or parasitoids. The difference here is that a true parasite doesn’t usually kill its host or render it sterile (schizophrenia?), whereas a parasitoid always does, and often consumes it too (possession?). Almost all adult wasps feed on nectar, but larvae need protein to grow and develop, and so the adults prey on invertebrates like other insects and spiders to feed their young. (We are the “nectar of the gods”).
Creatures like this do indeed exist, and according to legends and mythologies from nearly every part of the world, have been here for a very long time.
In Stephen King’s mythology, It is the “brother” or double (doppelganger, diable, devil, Satan, shadow self) of the giant turtle, Maturin, the Creator. It is Maturin’s counterpart, the “Eater of Worlds,” the Consumer. It can’t be the Destroyer since destruction is also a form of creation. In this mythology, Maturin vomited up the universe which landed It deep within the Earth millions of years ago. This also relates to the Fall, in Christian belief. But all of this turtle business didn’t just come out of King’s imagination.
The giant turtle comes from the legends and creation myths of the Lenape and Iroquois people, who also believe in shape-shifting entities that influence human beings. In Gnosticism, there is the Demiurge and its created Archons. They’re all essentially a parasitic entity or collective consciousness that feeds on our electromagnetic energies, particularly fear.
It exists within, what King calls, the macroverse, which is another dimension that resides alongside our own. With there being a very likely chance of other beings existing around us that we cannot perceive with our limited senses, who’s to say they couldn’t have an influence on us? Perhaps, manipulating our behaviors and emotions in order to escape their imprisonment. They, and It, can only manifest into our perceived reality through us, thus ensnaring It or them within an energetic prison.
Native American mythologies portray the mythical figure of Wetiko (Wendigo, in other parts) as a cannibalistic spirit who embodies greed and excess and can possess human beings. It is a predatory monster of narcissism. Thus, in indigenous mythology, indulgent, self-destructive habits are thought to be inspired by wetiko. Acclaimed occultist and founder of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner, believed this to be our ahrimanic double, an entity trapped within us that fuels our materialistic and excessive desires.
Today, we see many people acting in the most narcissistic, self-serving ways. A disease has been brought upon us, and it’s not any bioweapon of chemical warfare, nor a made-up one such as COVID-19. It keeps humans unaware of the world and themselves, drifting through life in a suppressed, medicated state of apathy—much like the lifeless bodies floating deep within the sewer in It.
“Yes, Georgie, they float. And down here, YOU’LL FLOAT TOO!”