The man behind one of the scariest clown creations of all time is telling America it’s overreacting to a rash of sightings of the costumed characters across the East Coast.
In a tweet Monday, prolific horror author Stephen King wrote “Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria--most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.”
One of King’s many books that have been made into terrifying movies is “It.” Technically a mini-series, “It” centers around “seven outcast kids known as ‘The Loser Club,’" in 1960 who “ fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown,” according to IMDB. The website also lists a remake set to come out in 2017.
Coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, may have been sparked or heightened in those who saw this movie. The common fear could also be driving the series of clown sightings that have been reported since this summer in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and most recently Massachusetts.