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Derry, a fictional town located in Maine, was created by horror writer Stephen King as the main setting of the classic coming-of-age horror novel IT. Derry was noted for its many supernatural happenings as well as it was noted to be a conduit or a nexus of paranormal activities and metaphysical events, and it is referenced in many other Stephen King novels.
The town is situated along Interstate 95, to the south of Dexter, the southwest of Old Town, and the west of Bangor and Haven in the southwestern corner of Penobscot County.
HistoryBefore Derry became a town, IT, in the form of a ball of fire, came from the Macroverse and went into a slumber, somehow knowing that humanity would arrive. Soon afterwards, people arrived and settled on the land, and It awoke and devoured the children.
It was also held responsible for the mass disappearances of the people on the plantations. It was believed that It allowed Derry to exist just as long as the town provided him with children every 27 years. As a result, every 27 years, It awoke to feed on the town's children.
It also had a great influence over the inhabitants so that they could never interfere with its feeding, and in some cases, It would cause most of the residents to indirectly help it. Because of this, murders went unsolved and police would often arrest wrongly-accused people.
This cycle was ultimately stopped when the so-called "Loser Club", the Lucky Seven, seemingly killed It and It destroyed almost all of downtown Derry. The town then seemed to turn out normal, but it is implied that It might still be alive.
Several years after It's apparent demise, the town was the staging ground for a plot by the Crimson King and his minion Atropos to kill the young Patrick Danville, an act which would ensure the Crimson King's eventual destruction of the Dark Tower. To kill the boy, Atropos and the Crimson King escalated tensions over a pro-choice rally in Derry to the point where a devastating terrorist attack took place at the rally. Derry resident Ralph Roberts was able to mitigate the damage from the attack, saving Patrick Danville, but dozens of people still died in the attack.