Pennywise:I’ll kill you all! Aha, I’ll drive you crazy, and I’ll kill you all! I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had. I am your worst dream come true! I am everything you ever were afraid of!
It wasn’t so long ago, Green Bay, Wisconsin, August, 2016. Gags the Clown began walking the streets at night, carrying balloons, and frightening people with his creepy wanderings. This was the beginning of a world wide phenomenon: sinister clowns appearing, for no apparent reason, on the nighttime streets of towns, seemingly everywhere; striking fear into young and old, alike.
Why? What would anyone have to gain by dressing up as a clown – the happy, painted, red-wigged joy bringer to parties, circuses, parades, and holidays of all kind? Who would want to morph this friendly, laughter causing jokester into a dark and sinister night stalker?
There was one compelling reason that no one could prove, but seemed more than plausible. The movie, “IT”, based on Stephen King’s novel, was due to be released in September, 2017. That it could have been a cleverly manipulated marketing ploy seems to have been confirmed by the decrease and cessation of sightings after the movie was released.
Jump forward to 2018. A terrifying clown sighting has been reported this month in Jayden’s Wood, near Kent, England. This time, the clown wielded a knife, and shouted, “Run or die!” Kent police searched the area, but have not found anyone who matches the description of, what appeared to be, a maniacal clown. A police spokesman stated they would continue being on the lookout for anyone matching the clown’s description.
In the meantime, for anyone who believes in coincidences, or just has a good memory, there is a new movie being released in September, 2019. Want to guess what it is? “IT: Chapter Two”. So, buckle your seat belts, this just may be the beginning of another frightening, and very bad year for the public, and professional clowns.