There's a bizarre epidemic of creepy clown sightings, and now Stephen King has chimed in

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Sep 13, 2016, 10:42 AM EDT (Updated)

Clowns are already kind of scary, but even more so when they’re creeping around your town.

It’s either a bunch of wily pranksters or an elaborate promotional campaign for the It remake (though the studio denies it), but whatever it is — a rash of scary clown sightings is totally freaking out a bunch of people in North Carolina.

Long story short: There have been several scary clown sightings reported in the Greenville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem area of North Carolina. And nobody really knows why. Yep, not terrifying at all. There’s obviously nothing technically illegal about dressing up as a scary clown and stalking around, though police in the area have warned that anyone “terrorizing” the public could face arrest.

So, with a reboot of It on the way, The Bangor Daily News reached out to Stephen King himself (who wrote the novel the film is based on) to get his take on this scary clown posse epidemic:

“When I wrote my novel ‘IT’, I set it in Bangor, because it’s a town with a tough and violent history. I chose Pennywise the Clown as the face which the monster originally shows the kiddies because kids love clowns, but they also fear them; clowns with their white faces and red lips are so different and so grotesque compared to ‘normal’ people … I suspect [these reports are] a kind of low-level hysteria, like Slender Man, or the so-called Bunny Man, who purportedly lurked in Fairfax County, Virginia, wearing a white hood with long ears and attacking people with a hatchet or an axe. The clown furor will pass, as these things do, but it will come back, because under the right circumstances, clowns really can be terrifying.”

Well said, sir. Well said.

So yeah, if you’re kicking around the wilds of North Carolina, keep an eye out for creepy clowns.

(Via Bangor Daily News)