Episode 32: A History of Creepy Clowns
We've all been talking about IT and our traumatizing childhood experiences with clowns, right? Do you remember our friend June Gregory who taught us about the history of horror tropes? Well, we're combining these things together and bringing back June, this time with a lesson on the history of creepy clowns! And of course we've also got a bundle of new recommendations for you, plus some extra links if you'd like to read more after the show about clowns.
P.S. Happy fall!!
IT (2017) - movie
Insexts - comic series
Dear David - Twitter story
Belle Dee - Artist
Dreamcatcher - Novel
Sirens of Scream are:
Melissa Megan- @Lissapunch
Jackie DeVore- @Jackietherobot
Sierra Houk- @sierrahouk
Guest: June Gregory
Sirens on Twitter- @sirensofscream
Tumblr- Sirens of Scream
Email - SoS@meganerdmedia.com
Banner art by Menton3
Editing by Drew Devore
Break Music- Richard Bellis - Source of the Clown
End Music- Bobby Goldsboro - See the Funny Little Clown
Beard, Mary. Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up. University of California Press, 2015.
Hugill, Beryl. Bring on the Clowns, Chartwell Books Inc, 1980.
Leach, Robert. “Punch and Judy and Oral Tradition”. Folklore, Vol. 94, No. 1 (1983), 75-85. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1260170
Otto, Beatrice K. Fools are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World. University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Radford, Benjamin. Bad Clowns, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.
Stott, Andrew McConnell. The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness, and the story of Britain’s Greatest Comedian.
Sumi, Geoffrey S. “Impersonating the Dead: Mimes at Roman Funerals”, The American Journal of Philology, Vol. 123, No. 4( Winter, 20002) 559-585, http://www.jstor.org/stable/1561967
Welsford, Enid. The Fool: His Social and Literary History.
Rotella, Carlo Rotella Un Clown Biologique, American Scholar, Vo.74, No.4, 50-56, http://www.jstor.org.proxy177.nclive.org/stable/41221325
Mathur, Maya, “An Attack of the Clowns: Comedy, Vagrancy, and the Elizabethan History Play”, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Vo. 7, No. 1(Spring-Summer, 2007)33-54,http://www.jstor.org.proxy177.nclive.org/stable/40314233
*****Joseph Grimaldi’s autobiography is available for free download on several sites and in several formats
Clown Films: He Who Gets Slapped, Carnival of Souls, Stitches, The Last Circus, Clown, Scary or Die (The segment Clowned), Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Children of Paradise, 100 Tears, Clowntergeist, All Hallow’s Eve (2013), Shakes the Clown, 31, Vulgar, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Mockingbird, Clownhouse, Fear of Clowns, Fear of Clowns 2, Gacy, Killjoy series