Friday, April 16, 2010

Evil Clown Business a Success

It's almost a Fortean cliche that clowns are evil, scary, and creepy, as well as shadowy and who knows, even inter-dimensional things. I don't like clowns, and I really mean that. At best they're insipid and seedy, no matter how well intentioned, but usually they're downright mean, nasty and scary. Don't like them.

This fear and loathing towards clowns is felt by many, and many have picked up on this disgust towards the costumed and unsavory. From Stephen King's IT to Killer Clowns From Space and all kinds of Fortean stuff about clowns in vans, for example, this fear and creeped out reaction has been noticed, and exploited by many. Including this, um, creative I guess, I'll give him that, actor in Switzerland.
Evil clown is a scary success Dominic Deville (last name no doubt pronounced "d-vill" but the word denotes "devil" if we're playing the Fortean name game) hires himself out as an evil clown for children's parties. This is all good clean funny fun for some, and Deville says that if kids get scared they drop the evil clown thing right away.
After he is hired to scare a birthday boy or girl, he first contacts his 'victims' to tell them they're being watched.
Then he taunts them with texts, phone calls and booby-trapped letters warning them that at sometime in their party he's going to smash a cake into their face.
"It's all in fun and if at any point the kids get scared or their parents are concerned we stop right there," he explained.
"But most kids absolutely love being scared senseless."
I love that "if at any point ... their parents are concerned..." wouldn't parents figure that out before they hired a scary clown for their kids party?

Related posts:

On my blog Vintage U.F.O.:
Return of Phantom Clowns,

Mibs, Clowns and Helicopters

1 comment:

Deirdre Bunny said...

I caught this story on Neatorama yesterday. I was trying to imagine how he would go about dressed as a clown, slinking around in public without being picked up on suspicion.