Another Triumph of Pop Culture

Thanks to a gaggle of horror movies, Stephen King, Morgan Spurlock, John Wayne Gacy, and a memorable episode of Seinfeld, the tipping point has been reached: Clowns are officially scary.

Bad news for Coco and Blinko -- children don't like clowns and even older kids are scared of them..."We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable."
I would like to know more about the history of clowns and their social context throughout history. Were they always frightening and unknowable? Any good books on this subject? Anyone? Anyone?

Speaking of clowns, our own Dave has a story about a pretty non-threatening, but lovelorn clown in his new collection: Ryan Seacrest is Famous.

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