It Lives Beneath is the second book of the It Lives series. It succeeds its first book, It Lives In The Woods.


Start your new life in the beautiful town of Pine Springs! Just be sure that all doors and windows are securely locked after dark...


Chapter 1: Dead in the Water

Start your new life in the beautiful town of Pine Springs! Just be sure that all doors and windows are securely locked after dark...

Chapter 2:

When tragedy strikes Pine Springs, you discover that this perfect town hides a dark secret...

Chapter 3:

Cornered, trapped, and completely alone. Whatever you do... don't scream.

Gameplay Feature

Nerve System

Unique to this story is a meter system calculating a character's nerve, which determines their mental resilience in the face of certain situations. Certain choices and events in the story will increase or decrease a character's nerve score. The system won't be exactly the same as the system from Book 1. For It Lives Beneath, the Nerve system will have more of an effect throughout the whole book rather than the final fates at the end, but the Main Character and friends can still die in the book.

The following are the labels to the different nerve scores:

  • Full = Tough as Nails
  • 3/4 = Coping
  • Half Full = On Edge
  • 1/4 = Rattled
  • Empty = Haunted


Sneak Peeks

Pre-Book Sneak Peeks and Information


Promotional Videos


  • The sequel was confirmed in the final chapter of It Lives In The Woods.
    • On January 31, 2018, it was also confirmed by Pixelberry, that they had been planning a sequel for a while now. [1]
  • A popular belief was that the second installment of the series would be named It Lives In The Lake, and that a whole new set of characters would be involved, as well as a new supernatural entity. This would explain the sudden addition of several new characters in the last chapter of It Lives In The Woods: Izzy, Shannon, Jane, and a woman possessed by a supernatural entity in the lake.
  • It is possible that the group from It Lives in the Woods will appear in cameos or flashbacks, but unlikely that they will have any prominent roles, since they died in some people’s games, making it difficult to write any prominent storylines for them.
  • On April 5, 2018, Choices tweeted that they were still working on the next book, and reaffirmed that the second book would be under a new "It Lives" series.[2]
  • On April 29, 2018 it was confirmed through an Instagram live session at the Bay Area Book Festival that several of the PB writers attended said that the next It Lives book will be scarier, have a new main cast in a slightly different setting, and characters from the previous book might make cameos depending on your choices at the end of Book 1.
  • On May 2, 2018 the It Lives writers hinted that an old friend from It Lives in the Woods just got a 🔥 makeover for It Lives 2 and asked players to see if they could guess who it is. [3]
    • It was later confirmed to be Tom in Chapter 1. [4]
  • On May 16, 2018 it was announced in Pixelberry's 'Spring News' blog that It Lives 2 will be released in Fall 2018.[5][6]
  • In a twitter post on June 21, 2018, Pixelberry revealed that the inspiration for Hilda was a writer's (Kathleen) dog named Pippin.[7]
  • On August 7, 2018, in response to a player, the It Lives writing team revealed that this book will feature many new furry friends, including a cute little bunny.[8]
  • On August 21, 2018 it was confirmed that this book will return in October of this year and a sneak peek was released. An image showing the town of Pine Springs, the main setting for Book 2.[9]
  • On September 19, 2018 a sneak peek of It Lives 2 was released, featuring a new character named Imogen.
  • On September 24, 2018, the book cover and the official name of the sequel was announced, along with the official release date being Wednesday on October 10, 2018.[10]
  • In the Week of October 1, 2018, it was erroneously announced that Chapter 1 would come out October 17, 2018 as opposed to October. PB later on set the record straight and stated that the launch date is still October 10, 2018. [11]
  • On October 4, 2018 another sneak peek was revealed, this time featuring a character named Kyle. [12]
  • On October 8, 2018, in the blogpost regarding High School Story: Class Act, PB urged players to make sure and tune in for the premiere of this book on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. [13]
  • In contrast to It Lives In The Woods, your nerve score starts at 0.
  • As mentioned by Tom, this book takes place a few years after the previous book.
  • A disclaimer was featured at the beginning of Chapter 1 warning of flashing lights, disturbing imagery, violence, and discussing the effects of trauma.
  • On October 9, 2018 Brandon Carbaugh, one of the writers for this book teased how he was working on a scene that was not only his favorite... But he thinks is by far the scariest thing he's written for Choices in general. [14]
    • On this same day, a third sneak peek was released, the second of which features the character of Imogen. [15]
  • On October 10, 2018 the It Lives writers released a blog post where they gave away a few spoilers for the new book. [16]
    • It Lives Beneath is set in the same world as It Lives in the Woods, but with a new town, new cast, and new monsters hiding around every corner.
    • You play as a college student who has no experience with the supernatural... that is, until Kyle Garza gets taken by the new monster at the end of the first chapter.
    • Your Character quickly finds his/herself thrown in the deep end, as it were, questioning the very nature of their reality.
    • In this book, will continue to build onto the established mythology of the Power that was featured in Book 1 with Redfield.
    • While this book takes place in a new setting, when asked if we'd get to see some familiar faces... The writers responded that life has continued on in the little town of Westchester.
    • As a result, the player may get to see familiar faces here and there, and an old friend may show up to offer help in a time of need for this new book. It all ultimately depends on where you left things at the end of Book 1!
    • The confirmed love interests for this book thus far are: Imogen Wescott, Kyle Garza and Tom Sato who was a recurring character in Book 1 and is confirmed to be the "old friend" that was teased a while back who'd be getting a new look.
    • The Nerve score from Book 1 will be returning, though the system won't be exactly the same as players remember. The writers revealed that for It Lives Beneath, one of their goals was for Nerve to have more of an effect throughout the whole book, rather than the final fates at the end.
    • The writers also confirmed that the Main Character and friends can still die like at the end of It Lives in the Woods.
  • On October 15,2018 a sneak peek for the second chapter was released. [17]


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