If you grew up reading Stephen King novels, chances are you still don't look under the bed at night. Maine's horror-writer-laureate celebrates his 70th birthday today, and to celebrate, here's some info that will blow your mind: all of Stephen's works are connected.

This should be no surprise to fans of The Dark Tower, which explains most of these connections in great detail. However, for those of you like myself, who haven't yet read the novels, buckle up - this gets crazy.

So according to a post on WeirdWorm.com, Derry, the fictional town where It takes place, also plays host to many of King's other works, including Dreamcatcher and a newer work called 11/22/63. Additionally, Pennywise the clown was created by the main antagonist in the Dark Tower books, the Crimson King. Anyone else just start humming "21st Century Schizoid Man?" Just Me? Great.

Also, The Shawshank Redemption is connected to 11/22/63, as it is referenced as a place where citizens of Derry wouldn't want to end up. Yup, that means it's connected to It, too.

Check out more mind-blowing connections here on WeirdWorm's website, or don't, and read the Dark Tower novels and discover the info for yourself! You may want to skip the film adaptation on that one, though, seeing as it's currently sitting at a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Happy Birthday, Mr King!


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