- This is either Jossed (if it ever needed to be in the first place), or after getting his face pushed in two awakenings in a row, Pennywise is sleeping in.
Pennywise certainly would qualify as a malign Youkai but he was just an avatar of a greater being, one far more powerful than a simple Youkai.
An innumerable number of "balloons" glowing with an orange light, floating endlessly. Within each balloon is the soul of one of the children that IT killed, causing them to float.
- That would actually make some sense.
- It would also strongly resemble some depictions of Yog-Sothoth.
- Adding one more thing, if these "balloons" have "strings" attached to them hanging down, would they not resemble a spider's legs?
- That would actually make some sense.
She just uses a different tactic to get her food.
- There is a lot to suggest this. It's explicitly stated that IT is female. The final form is a spider. It shape shifts for the purpose of Mind Rape. The other world could be near to the deadlights. Even the setting could be a cryptic clue to the Beldam's true nature. Oregon has doubled for Maine before, this is just Neil Gaiman (a Stephen King fan) doing the same with Derry as he did for Castle Rock. He only gave the setting as Ashland to keep the clue cryptic.
- And the cat could be a reference to the turtle, the intelligent, perhaps omniscient, animal who lives in I Ts world and counteracts her will. Man, this is getting clearer and clearer.
- Neil Gaiman wrote a story set in England. The film adaptation, which is in Oregon, was penned by Henry Selick.
Roland explains that each beam has two guardians on the ends, and one greater demon elemental in the middle. The Turtle is Maturin, and IT is the demon elemental of fear. For that matter, Maturin's death was the result of the ongoing attempts at "breaking" the beam, and Bill and company inadvertently led to further weakening the structure by killing IT.
Patrick has a great deal in common with It — preying on children, having everyone ignore or downplay his true nature, manipulating Henry to his own end, and reveling in the Losers' fear. When It initially meets him, Patrick is essentially immune to It's shapeshifting illusion. When It kills him, It drains him of his blood and vitreous humor, but It took the form of a leech originally because one once attacked Patrick's cock. It also drags him back to It's lair, where he briefly revives as It devours him, continuing the spider parallels by having It devour It's mate.
- The book does state the victims of It, or at least some of them, go somewhere when they die. They remain in the dead lights. Which is arguably an approximation of Hell as it says that their minds are destroyed there.
Apples and oranges. IT of Camazotz was more a "viceroy" - a malign being put in charge of a planet that had given itself completely over to darkness. It was far smaller a scale, in charge of only one locale - Derry. However, comparing the Deadlights and the Black Thing actually nets you some similarity: Both are pure evil, both are straight-up Eldritch Abominations and both require cosmic power to fight against. Mere humans are killed just from being in their presence (as nearly happened to Meg when she tried to tesser though the Black Thing).
The Mrs. Ws and Maturin probably could have a long conversation, though...
- Jossed. A Nightmare on Elm Street got a Shout-Out and IT did appear as something resembling Mama, but the movie is set before Mama came out so it wasn't based on any character's fear of the film itself, the monster was actually based on a painting In-Universe, and IT didn't appear as any popular horror icons although it does riff off the spider-head thing from The Thing (1982) in Chapter 2.
- Krueger was considered, but eventually cut out.
- That's an intriguing idea and actually holds up under scrutiny; fighting It definitely did something to the Losers. 11 year old kids don't just decide to have sex - and orgasm - under any normal circumstance. Fighting It prematurely aged them in many ways, and the idea that It used Its connection to sap their virility and life force to spread more of Itself makes a lot of sense.
The surviving It now knows two things: That not only is It not invulnerable, but that there is a force on Earth that is opposing It, whether it was the Turtle or The Other.
As such, It is in hiding indefinitely. And if not, then the other will assemble other groups of children to fight It if it becomes necessary.
Yes, seeing Maturin's empty shell certainly convinced Ben, but they really only had Its word (and the absence of direct communication) that the Turtle had died. Maturin was an infinite cosmic being, as much an Eldritch Abomination as Itself was - but a rare example of a benevolent Eldritch Abomination. Such beings don't just up and die because they hork up a few galaxies. The Turtle may have been an absent player later on (forcing the Other to take the reins) but it wasn't dead. Perhaps merely sleeping?