I thoroughly enjoy creating creepy landscapes and populating them with wicked witches, slithery creatures in a haunted lake, and man eating monsters…but clowns? I’ve never written a scary, creepy clown into a story, but I have read some terrorizing stories with a deadly clown involved including recent stories in the news.
It’s all over the news lately about creepy clowns disturbing the serenity of the public by appearing in places where the clowns just stare at people in a menacing way. I’ve even seen on the news where the presence of a clown made people run for their lives. A good friend of mine told me last night that her granddaughters are now afraid of the woods because an evil clown might be in there lurking just waiting for some little girls to come into his lair. Well, that’s a shame really because clowns are supposed to make us laugh.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
I haven’t seen the new series on TV titled American Horror Story in which a malignant appearing clown goes after people. And, of course, there is the book IT by Stephen King in which a clown lures unsuspecting children into his lair. There are times when I regret reading that book. I’ve never felt the same about clowns since then.
IT by Stephen King
Maybe someday I may write a clown into a book. The thing is, clowns are REAL—so that ups their spine-chilling factor by a hundred per cent. I don’t know if I’m really ready to write a story with a disturbing clown in it just yet, but I’m all in when it comes to monsters, witches, ghosts and haunted places.
I like to include someone in my stories that knows about the things that thrive in haunted, dark places and knows how they can be defeated even though it may be extremely difficult. My favorite person to fill this roll is Pennytook, the Gypsy. Not only is he smart, but he’s courageous.
MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND MIDNIGHT KISSES
Pennytook has taken a supportive roll in the three books included in the trilogy, LEGENDS OF WINATUKE. Finally, I got the chance to write Pennytook’s story with him as the hero. I wrote PENNYTOOK for the fall collection, MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND MIDNIGHT KISSES. He’s led a difficult life and suffered greatly at the hands of the witch, Mahara, but in this story, Pennytook finally finds love and reward for all his courageous acts. Of course he will have to overcome the Niamso monsters before he is rewarded, but he gladly lays his life on the line for the beautiful trick rider, Esmeralda.
So, I have at ask, have any of you written a story with an evil clown? Do you have monsters lurking in haunted and dark places in any of your stories? Have you ever dressed as a clown for Halloween?
I wish you all a fun-filled Halloween. Just keep a look-out for those clowns.
Sarah J. McNeal is a multi-published author of several genres including time travel, paranormal, western and historical fiction. She is a retired ER and Critical Care nurse who lives in North Carolina with her four-legged children, Lily, the Golden Retriever and Liberty, the cat. Besides her devotion to writing, she also has a great love of music and plays several instruments including violin, bagpipes, guitar and harmonica. Her books and short stories may be found at Prairie Rose Publications and its imprints Painted Pony Books, and Fire Star Press. Some of her fantasy and paranormal books may also be found at Publishing by Rebecca Vickery and Victory Tales Press. She welcomes you to her website and social media: