I have fond memories of It, but I tried re-reading it recently, and man, is that beginning a slog. At best, I think It is half a great horror novel, stapled to an unnecessary sequel no one really wants to read. And that pre-pubescent gang bang is clearly cocaine-fueled King at his worst.
I’ll admit, I think King is a much better short story writer than a novelist. The Shining excluded, which is one of the best novels of the 20th Century.