Summer Of Night by Dan Simmons
This 1991 'horror' is done with faux seriousness but is a dreadful yawnsville. The characters have casual everyday misygony and there is an unbelievably lax attiude to child gun violence. Kids have no parental supervision. Kids sense an ill destiny. There is pages upon pages of padding. Many lives are seared by traumatic experiences in this knockoff of 'It'.
It's 1960 and nobody nonwhite seems to exist in this romanticised rural small town. The town has long been tormented by an evil bell or something. FFS. There is racism and incessant manipulative bullying and indifference to tragedy. There is no growing sense of menace, edgy tension or psychological terror. There are no dark blasphemies or suspence, mystery or discovery. This was pretty sorry and lacked artistic merit.