It felt like Harper Lee's pre-Halloween season change in "Mockingbird," at least the movie version....that whole "something just ain't right here" vibe.
Might have had something to do with the main character knowing that "something just ain't right here" so he was keyed (pardon) that there was something else.
...what a giving type of guy...his generosity is only exceeded by his good looks...When he's writing, he's passing them along to his constant readers.
...said "nightmares" soundtrack provided by Uncle Alice...
I actually love it when SK links parts of books. It makes for an SK universe that I spend as much time as possible in. The scene in Derry was very heavy with atmosphere. The other bits that turn up in 11/22/63 just made me love it more. I have just started Wolves of the Calla and found SK put himself in there. Hey, it's his book and if you can't put yourself in your own book, then I just don't know.
Actually, I'm willing to believe as how the inclusion of characters from It actually was part of the story. I think you can tell by the natural flow the words on the page have. It's when description and dialogue achieve that special crossover into the realm of prose poetry that is the hallmark of all great book, whether lit'try or popular. I saw that same prose quality in the scenes with Richie and Bev.
I think what people like Harold Bloom dislike might be coming upon that same prose poetics in places where they believe it doesn't belong or more thinking along the lines of "Who's this upstart pretending to be one of the few, the proud, the ones called to a high and lonely destiny above the common rabble". At least there's one way of thinking about it.
I think the references to IT make Derry seem a bit darker, justifiably so. But if someone read 11/22/63 without first reading IT, I don't think they would walk away with a sense of having missed anything that explained the darkness. Dallas was as bad as Derry in many respects, without allusions to Pennywise. Maybe King was trying to let the readers know that small and medium sized towns in the late 50s and early 60s weren't usually like Mayberry.
Personally love any chance to get back to Derry, and the chance to spend a bit more time with a couple of the Losers was great, but for sure that part of the book i spent wondering what was around every corner