High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The image of the evil
clown is a development in Western popular culture, in which the
playful trope of the clown is rendered as disturbing through the
use of horror elements and dark humor. The concept of the evil
clown is related to the fear of clowns, known as coulrophobia. The
cultural critic Mark Dery has theorized the postmodern archetype of
the Evil Clown in "Cotton Candy Autopsy: Deconstructing
Psycho-Killer Clowns" (a chapter in his cultural critique The
Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink). Tracking
the image of the demented or deviant clown across popular culture,
Dery analyzes the "Pogo the Clown" persona of the serial killer
John Wayne Gacy; the obscene clowns of the neo-Situationist
Cacophony Society; the Joker (of "Batman" Fame); the grotesque art
of R.K. Sloane; the sick-funny Bobcat Goldthwaite comedy "Shakes
the Clown"; Stephen King's It, and the graphic novel Arkham Asylum.
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