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ISBN: 9780826356666

Publication Date: Feb 2016

Format: Paperback

Bad clowns - those malicious misfits of the midway who terrorize, haunt, and threaten us - have long been a cultural icon. This book describes the history of bad clowns, why clowns go bad, and why many people fear them. Bad Clowns blends humour, investigation, and scholarship to reveal what is behind the clown's dark smile.
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Bad clowns–those malicious misfits of the midway who terrorize, haunt, and threaten us–have long been a cultural icon. This book describes the history of bad clowns, why clowns go bad, and why many people fear them. Going beyond familiar clowns such as the Joker, Krusty, John Wayne Gacy, and Stephen King's Pennywise, it also features bizarre, lesser-known stories of weird clown antics including Bozo obscenity, Ronald McDonald haters, killer clowns, phantom-clown abductors, evil-clown panics, sex clowns, carnival clowns, troll clowns, and much more. Bad Clowns blends humor, investigation, and scholarship to reveal what is behind the clown's dark smile.

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"Clowns with sinister sides and malevolent motives come under critical scrutiny in this pithy, abundantly illustrated study of the ‘bad clown' as a pop culture phenomenon."
– Publishers Weekly

"Radford's research is varied and extensive."
– Times Literary Supplement
Illustrations 27 colour illustrations, 28 halftones
Pages 200
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 29 Feb 2016
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Subject/s Society & culture: general   Popular culture  
Benjamin Radford is a writer, investigator, and columnist for Discovery News. He is the author of eight books, most recently Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment and Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore, both published by the University of New Mexico Press. Radford lives in Corrales, New Mexico, USA.

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