The evil clown is a subversion of the traditional comic clown character, in which the playful trope is instead rendered as disturbing through the use of horror elements and dark humor. The modern archetype of the evil clown was popularized by Stephen King's 1986 novel It. The character can be seen as playing off the sense of unease felt by sufferers of coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. The word Coulrophobia possibly originates from Greek Kolon meaning stilt or stilt-walkers which are often used by clowns. But clowns aren't all bad, right? Sometimes they get caught up in tragedy themselves... there's nothing sadder than a sad clown.
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