In light of the recent creepy clown sightings that seems to be spreading outward from from Greenville, South Carolina the Bangor Daily News decided to ask their resident expert on creepy clowns, Stephen King what he thinks about the phenomena. King’s 1986 novel entitled “IT” added to the already creepy air surrounding clowns for many people.
“When I wrote my novel ‘IT’, I set it in Bangor, because it’s a town with a tough and violent history. I chose Pennywise the Clown as the face which the monster originally shows the kiddies because kids love clowns, but they also fear them; clowns with their white faces and red lips are so different and so grotesque compared to ‘normal’ people,”
King wrote this week in an email to the Bangor Daily News when asked about the clown sightings.
“Take a little kid to the circus and show him a clown, he’s more apt to scream with fear than laugh.”
Stephen King points out that this creepy clown sightings are really nothing new and he says the supernatural “boogeyman” that has plagued other places before is to blame. Places like Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona and a few other places have experienced this creepy clown phenomena before.
“I suspect it’s a kind of low-level hysteria, like Slender Man, or the so-called Bunny Man, who purportedly lurked in Fairfax County, Virginia, wearing a white hood with long ears and attacking people with a hatchet or an axe,”
“The clown furor will pass, as these things do, but it will come back, because under the
right circumstances, clowns really can be terrifying.
Lon Chaney said , ‘There’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.’ Meaning, I suppose, a clown seen outside of its normal milieu, in the circus or at the fair,”
“If I saw a clown lurking under a lonely bridge, I’d be scared, too.”