I was 13 years old when I first read "IT". Being one of the first King novels that I read, and the fact that it scared the crap out of me, "IT" holds a special place in my list of favorite King books. I love everything about this book. In fact, I've re-read it many times. King is at his best when writing about children, and those parts of the book are my favorites. Pennywise the Clown is the ultimate King bad guy, scary, funny and the cause of some pretty cool nightmares involving clowns.
25 years later, Cemetery Dance Publications has produced a limited edition reprinting of "IT". I purchased a copy of the signed, numbered edition (signed by King and the artists who produced the new cover and inside illustrations, Glen Orbik, Alan M. Clark and Erin Wells) and a copy of the unsigned, gift edition. There is also a brand new afterward by King, detailing why he wrote the book.
Being a collector, I have many limited edition King books, from many different publishing houses. Cemetery Dance does excellent work on their limited editions. These are beautiful books, with a deluxe oversized design. They are 7 inches by 10 inches. The gift edition is slipcased with gold and red foil embossing on the brown case. The limited is traycased in black with gold and red foil embossing. The books themselves are beautiful too. Full color wrap around artwork for the cover, by Glen Orbik.
The inside pages are printed in 2 color, black and red for the regular pages and full color/black & white illustrations by Alan M. Clark and Erin S. Wells. The signed edition has full color signature sheets, with exclusive color artwork.
These are some of the most beautiful limited editions that I own. They are incredibly well crafted and designed. The unique colored edge to every page, which has the page number and chapter name, is something I've never seen in a King limited edition before. The books are huge and are made with incredible craftmanship. They both are fine additions to any book collection.
The gift edition is still available for purchase from Cemetery Dance.