I read this book, (my crusty, old picture above) when I was in 9th grade. It was loaned to me by my friend Claire and I took so long reading it, mostly because I was terrified, that she just gave it to me as a present. She even wrote Merry Christmas, Michelle Love Claire inside. I think it was April at the time or something. :)
Clowns are scary. Pennywise is terrifying.
Lesson to all. Don't follow balloons that float around on a cloudy day and don't ever, EVER respond to voices coming from the sewer. Seriously. Run the other way. Or else this guy will get you.
I'm going to go think of puppies and rainbows now.