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 Post subject: Send in the Clowns
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:55 am 
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Recently read John Connolly's short "Some Children Wander by Mistake", in which the terrible truth about clowns is revealed, and this got me to thinking about clowns in horror fiction.

Okay, there's Pennywise, but other than that I'm coming up blank, though I'm sure I've read several clown stories.

So, if Stephen Jones or someone was to put together "The Mammoth Book of Clowns", what stories would be up for inclusion?

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I rather liked the clown town one in Interzone, but my magazines aren't to hand so I can't be more helpful than that at the moment. I'll look it up later. As for the darker kind, I'm sure you're right - my brain tells me I've read loads, but can I think of them? Nope.


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I can't think of any either. There have certainly been a few in films but in literature I draw a blank.


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That's Pennywise Bob.

I can think of some SF titles, such as "The Dead Lady of Clown Town" by Cordwainer Smith, and Moorcock's "Fireclown", though that's a novel.

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Weird. You would think such a subject matter would be trotted out at every opportunity in the horror genre, but I am really drawing a blank.


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Hmmm, for me, 'clown' and 'horror' has most obvious associations with [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayne_Gacy]John Wayne Gacy[url], the notorious serial killer.

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