Coulrophobia is a terrible condition that can strike anyone, at any time, but especially if you're within reach of a weird grown man with white face makeup, perhaps a wig, floppy shoes and a big red nose.
Coulrophobia is best known by another name: clown fear.
And many are in fear these days, as gangs of evil clowns -- some with knives, others brandishing sex toys -- scare the living heck out of people, even in
Some good clowns say the evil clown attacks have been inspired by the ghastly "Twisty the Clown," from "American Horror Story: Freak Show" on FX.
Twisty is the creepiest clown in the history of fictional clowns, a dirty psychopath with a filthy, stained costume who stabs his attractive teenage victims to death just as they're "making out" on a blanket.
"I'm going to say it's seasonal," said professional clown
He does kids shows mostly, and his most popular clown is called "Goober."
"Every time this year we get the same garbage, and it doesn't help when you're in a movie with a killer clown in it," said Mr. Joseph. "It's a trend, like kids who yell, 'Oh, I'm afraid of clowns!' It's fashionable to be afraid of clowns, and they're not really afraid of clowns."
Not really afraid of clowns?
I beg to differ, Mr. Joseph,
Some gangs of evil clowns are now using machetes to scare people in
It happened recently outside a haunted house in
It was all detailed in a lawsuit, so I won't do what
And as we wait for the dramatic Clowns with Sex Toys trial, evil clown attacks continue elsewhere.
It started in
"We have had over the past week three calls of a suspicious person dressed in a creepy clown outfit," Sgt.
Similar acts of Random Clown Predation, or RCP, have been reported in
According to Eurovision, clown gangs have swarmed southern
This has so outraged Gallic authorities that they've issued a public warning to those dressing up as clowns, asking them "to realize the panic they are inflicting" and, "to consider the consequences."
There are three traditional, shall we say "classic" categories of clowns:
The Whiteface, the Auguste and Hobo (habitues of railroad box cars and who most likely smell of body odor and cheap whiskey).
And so is the scary, fictional Twisty. He clowns. He kills.
Twisty also has a gigantic set of choppers, teeth so large they seem to belong to a horse. He has a maniacal grin, and politely offers pop-up bouquets of paper flowers to his victims, just before he disembowels them.
Naturally, Twisty has hurt the feelings of what is commonly called "the clown community," although with so many different types of clowns, it is impossible to lump them all together for the sake of political correctness.
"In my opinion these horror characters are not clowns," said
But Kohlberger's office later issued another statement to this column, saying it was all a lie and that he never said it.
"I'm a children's entertainer, and it really doesn't affect me," said Joseph. "The killer clown stuff in movies, it's