“He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.”
- Bill Denbrough, IT (1985)
I know this line from Stephen King’s novel IT, but recently I found it referenced in King’s book Danse Macabre (1981) as being from a story called Donovan’s Brain, where the main character resists the power of Donovan’s will (emanating from his brain in a vat) by reciting the line that Bill D later recites to resist the horror of his own childhood memories as they return to him in force after the reemergence of their nemesis Pennywise in Derry. It was a very effective line in his own novel, and I was pleased to find it was a reference to an earlier story by another author. King’s work is filled with such references, if you read carefully.