The ‘Clown Craze’ has now spread from the US to the UK, Australia and Canada, with a recent flurry of clown sightings and more predicted in the lead up to Halloween. We read more about these creepy clowns...

This craze began in late summer, with many linking the phenomenon to the film remake of the Stephen King classic, It. With police called to dozens of incidents across the country, news outlets have been keen to explore where this craze originated, how to stop it and to broadcast condemnation from clowning professionals.

Bad Clowns goes one step further, describing the history of bad clowns, why clowns go bad, and why many people fear them, blending humour, investigation, and scholarship to reveal what is behind the clown’s dark smile.

Whilst news analysis of the recent clown sightings explores some of the history of familiar clowns, most prominently Stephen King’s Pennywise, Bad Clowns also details the history of other prominent creepy clowns such as the Joker, Krusty and John Wayne Gacy. Additionally, Bad Clowns features an in depth analysis of many 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. This history of bad clown behaviour fuels the hysteria surrounding the recent clown sightings and Bad Clowns presents this in a way that can help the reader understand the fear many feel towards artists whose purpose is to create laughter.

Bad Clowns

Praise for Bad Clowns

“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