Earlier this week, the Northampton Clown, who "terrorizes" the small U.K. town by wandering the streets at night, captured the attention of the world. And subsequently became a staple in all of our nightmares.
But the clown has spoken out and says you shouldn't be scared.
After his nightly outings made global news, the mystery man, who wears a red wig and carries a bouquet of balloons, gave a "world exclusive" interview to the Northampton Chronicle & Echo. He posted on Facebook, "Due to all the negativity about my appearances, i have been talking to the local newspaper to answer a mild few of your questions."
The Northampton Clown, who wants to remain anonymous, tells the paper that people may be scared when he pops up, but that's all part of the fun. And that's his goal: "I just want to amuse people," he reveals.
"Most people enjoy being a bit freaked out and then they can laugh about it afterwards," he says. "It's like watching a horror movie, when people get scared they usually start laughing."
Speaking of horror movies, he admits to being a Stephen King fan, which may explain why his clown persona so closely resembles Pennywise from It.
That said, this tale is unfolding less like a horror flick and more like a superhero saga, with the Northampton Clown starring as the Batman of his story. He has now developed Gotham-esque friends and foes to join him in the night.
The "foe" is Boris, the self-proclaimed "Clown Catcher." Dressed in a purple superhero suit, he also wanders the streets after dark and, on his Facebook page explains, "I am the official clown catcher. I am not here to scare anyone. I am not here to hurt anyone. I come in peace!"
In fact, he only seems to want to meet the clown and take a picture with him.
Meanwhile, the Northampton police chief, Chief Constable Adrian Lee has thrown his support behind the clown, saying, "If I met the clown, I would shake his hands to thank him for what he's doing. I think it's something to be enjoyed by us all."
He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Northampton Clown.
"Naturally, some people would have been extremely frightened by what they saw, but I hope many are starting to see it as a bit of harmless fun," the clown concludes to the Chronicle, revealing that he'll keep appearing "for as long as people are interested."
Which doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon: "I'll be seeing you soon!" he wrote on Facebook. "Beep Beep!!"