A clown terrorizes a town: Sounds eerily like Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel It, where an eponymous creature, dressed as a clown, exploits the fears and phobias of its victims as it hunts its prey. For one town near London, a creepy clown is making residents a little nervous, reports The Inquisitr on Sept. 18.
A mysterious clown – dubbed the Northampton Clown – prowling about the streets of the small village 70 miles north of London, has sparked some frittered nerves as residents have yet to determine why this strange and silent clown makes random evening appearances.
The clown has been popping up all over Northampton since Sept. 13, in full clown regalia, carrying balloons and sometimes a teddy, waving at passersby. The man, or woman, have yet to identify themselves, and it sounds like none of the villagers have worked up enough moxy to just go up to him, her or “it,” and ask.
Of course, every scary specter needs access to social media, so a “Spot Northampton’s Clown” Facebook page has been set up, and it already has 126K likes.
Assuming that the actual clown established the Facebook page, the person under the paint had some choice words for terrorized residents.
“I don't terrorize people. I just want to be spotted,” the clown wrote. “Too much hate, not enough love."
"No, I don't have a knife on me! That’s just stupid rumors spread by stupid people.” --Northampton Clown
If this clown is trying to sound reassuring, it’s not working. In fact, now we have an official “clown catcher” that has vowed on the Facebook page to “catch” this creepy act.
“My name is Boris. I am the official clown catcher,” he wrote. “I am not here to scare anyone. I am not here to hurt anyone. I come in peace!”
Perhaps the threat of being caught has pushed the Northampton Clown into the shadows; a recent post from the clown said “I’m going to lay low for a bit.”
In case you're wondering, there is an official word for the fear of clowns: Coulrophobia. Northampton has quite a few that are suffering from the phobia these days.