Why are clowns scary?

Posted on January 24, 2008 

Why are clowns scary?

Why are clowns scary?

Anyone who has read Stephen King’s It would probably never choose to decorate a children’s ward with clowns.

And it probably comes as no surprise to horror fans that a University of Sheffield study of 250 children for a report on hospital design suggests the children find clown motifs “frightening and unknowable”.

“It is the fear of the mask, the fact that it doesn’t change and is relentlessly comical,” says Campbell, who has explored dark clown themes in his story The Other Side and in his latest novel The Grin of the Dark.

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