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Will the new “IT” Movie, see a new wave of Creepy Clown sightings?

13 Jun

A subject not talked about on here for ages is that of the Clown sightings of the past few years. The worldwide craze started by the Northampton Clown, caused much fear and loathing in the community in the UK and US and started a viral sensation that now is but a distant memory.

September sees the release of the new version of Stephen King’s seminal horror, “IT” which I’m sure that we are all familiar with. The movie looks like something most fans of the horror genre will be looking forward to, but maybe not if you’re caulrophobia (Phobic of clowns) but the whole thing has got me thinking that while the whole craze is old hat now, we might be seeing a resurgence of such antics again once the movie has been released.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for the new film yet, where have you been? No longer will we see the great Tim Curry don the guise of the infamous “Pennywise the dancing clown”, but now Bill Skarsgard will play the evil alien entity who disguises itself as a variety of head fucks to feast on the young residents of the town of Derry.

For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer, here it is before we carry on with the discourse.

Looks ok, but the proof of the pudding will be seeing the movie in its entirety. It does look as if the movie will deal with the first part of the story (when they were kids) with a sequel in the works probably to carry on the second part of the story (when they are adults) and have to face “IT” once more to stop its reign of terror.

This aside, I’m pretty sure we are going to get the onslaught of clown sightings as a response to the movie’s release. There will always be some joker (get it?!) ready to put on the clown suit and mask and start scaring people for a variety of reasons, be it for publicity, for viral hits or simply to spite those who live in fear of clowns. This is a big issue, seriously bigger than you’d realise, some people really do have a proper fear of all things clown. the last time I blogged about them, at one point I received 160,000 hits in a day just on one post about the subject and over 100 private messages and emails! A real boost for my humble site stats for sure, but a real eye-opener in terms of how much this subject affects people’s lives and psyches.

I recently took my kids to the circus, myself hoping that the clown/s there would be creepy enough to entertain me (well, I’m not scared of clowns if you’re wondering) but what I ended up finding is that “real career clowns” if I can call them that, are somewhat watered down compared to the traditional idea, which for me at least was a bit disappointing!

What I will do here, is monitor the subject in the media over the course of the movie release, and what I find, I will blog about. One thing is assured this time, is that if my own area sees the return of the Doncaster Clown (or other pretenders to the title) I will try my best to get an interview with the guy, in fact, if there are any other regional clowns, I’ll also try to start up a conversation with them, just to see what motivates these folks to do what they do!

Who knows, I might end up making some clown related PDFs, minis or similar type stuff to cash in on the craze (well, if it happens) and the very least should help me shift some books!

Whatever happens, mark my words. The clowns will return, and I’ll be here to keep you up to date with the associated craziness that comes along with it! Let me know your thoughts and comments on the subject!

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Dear Semalt.com….what would you write?

16 Jan

There seems to be more activity on many websites regarding the infamous Semalt.com today, and along with many others I actually received some mail from my personal manager. (remember that I’m a bright spark that in the attempt to gather info about them, I actually signed up for a 7 day trial…)

As ever, the folks at Semalt don’t say anything much, but this is what they wrote.

Hello, Will Grundy!
My name is Alex and I’m your personal manager.

I would like to tell you how to make your business more profitable using Semalt.

Please, feel free to contact me.

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Best regards,
Alex Andrianov
Senior Sales Manager on Semalt

Skype: Alex.Semalt

Me on: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

So, as the mail says, feel free to contact him, so I thought I’d send him a message back just to see if we can wean some info out of them and their master plan (probably…possibly…)

I thought that you dear blog readers, would like to see what I sent, and as soon as I receive the reply, I will pop the contents here for you all to enjoy!

Hello Alex, thankyou for your email regarding the very mysterious Semalt.
First of all, what I’d like to say is that when I write this email, I do so not just for me, but for many others in this situation. This is in regards to the suspicious referral locations from your company to our various small blog sites, given with a URL extension of competitors review.
Why have our sites been visited by your company in the first place? Are we being monitered for some bizarre reason? Just what is your companies intent?
I don’t mean to come across as seeming uncouth, nor some kind of conspiracy theorist, but many of our blogging community and beyond have some bad ideas about your intentions and to be frank, think your whole ethos with the seemingly clandestine way you leave hardly any trace of real info about Semalt, really stinks.
Before you think that I still might be interested about whatever subscription services for SEO or whatever, please stop there, to quote from the movies: “These aren’t the droids your looking for…”, which incidentally leads me to the next question.
Many of us out here in blogland and blogtopia have surmised that these extra hits from semalt are actually bots (up to no good is the impression) but please tell me what exactly is causing these hits from your location to our blogs, since you are my business manager (or whatever you call it) and since I was kind enough to sign up to your site to satisfy my morbid curiosity in the first place, I do think I (we) do deserve a proper explanation to why we have all been targeted and regarded as “competitors”.
I mean, I would be extremely flattered to think that my humble weblog would be considered “competition” in the first place, and feel free to butter up my ego as much as you like, providing you give us as much information as you possibly can! I don’t wan’t any apologies, but it would be nice. Just think of it like this. At the moment there is jack about your company available on the web. This leads to a lot of confusion and misinformation about what it is that you lot really do.
now, there’s a hell of a lot of web users, bloggers and webmasters starting to speculate that you are actually some sinister force, spying on us or harvesting data from our sites, and so forth. Indeed you could be the antichrist for all we know! But seriously, this is because of the way you operate coupled with the fact, this is the weird wild web, and that your “webface” is akin to the men in black, or some kind of freaky stalker. Good business practice? All your going to get is a bad reputation your going to get for making people paranoid. Especially as it seems to be many bloggers your pissing off. It’ll all end in tears I tell ya’, so with that in mind, I will say that this email/letter is one that will publically be shared between our community.
So, with that, I guess that your bright enough to at least send me back some “proper official” explanation of what’s transpired, and some basic company details (seriously, I want to see them) and your business mission statement, what it is you exactly offer etc. Plus a reason that why these things aren’t publically available in the first place if you are indeed a real bonafide business, and obviously the competitors review explanation.
Failure to supply the aforementioned info, will just add another nail to the tomb of semalt (trust me, since you started visiting our sites, you’ve just been digging a hole and filling in the foundations!) and that any of you there can’t explain yourselves, and/or be involved in dodgy activities that none of us would want to be involved in.
Think of me as some kind of unofficial legal representative for the blog community, or even better a private detective, no wait….can I be a bounty hunter? I friggin love Dog the bounty hunter, so yeah, think of me as Blog the bounty hunter!! (Ok, so I digress, but us bloggers are just like investigative journalists, it only takes one thing to get viral and youse’ lot will end up covered in little bits of semalt if we don’t get a satisfactory answer.)
Please, get back to me as soon as is possible, like I said, failure to reply will be classed as refusal to comply (refusal+ignorance=guilt) and do no end of damage to your company and individuals involved. If you need to pass this on to someone in your company higher up the chain, if you feel that you are unable to answer it yourself, but rest assured a polite brush off will not deter us from finding out eventually!
Yours quite seriously (putting aside my sarcasm)
W.Grundy
PS. Semalt is a crap name. It reminds me of a salt and vinegar type condiment (SEa salt & MALT vinegar) If that was your original intention, that’s fine. It’s still crap though!

I live in hope of a reply, the more entertaining the better in my mind, but I’ll probably be getting a “polite fuck off” to be fair! Any letter or email I write to complain, or similar, tends to end up slightly crazy, but hey, I think it gets my message across!

Also dear fellow affected bloggers, here you have an opportunity to get your side across too, please do send the folks at semalt an email telling them what you think of them, I love the idea that if enough people spam them with complaints they will be forced to show their cards and we will see if they were indeed the evil conspirators we thought, or just a new start up trying to make their way in the interwebs.

Stay tuned for more semalt related fun and games!!

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CLOWN NEWS: Exclusive Photo proof of yesterday’s Clown encounter in Doncaster.

22 Nov

CLOWN NEWS

Is this the masked fiend that’s taken the mantle of the Woodlands Clown in Doncaster? As you remember I mentioned yesterday, about a sighting just round the corner from us here, and it caused a real hoo-har I can tell you, pretty soon after all the upset, we have managed to get a still of the culprit from the cctv. (it’s the best still I could get, he was running fast so not in the frame for long)

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This is a shot taken from the cctv footage of the escaping clown from last night. Alright, it’s not the clearest of images, but you can see that the person seen to run from the scene, wears a distinctive white clown mask. In the video footage (Which I will upload as soon as I convert the format over to a web uploadable one) he shoots off quickly from the scene.

From the looks, all the guy is wearing is a mask, no accompanying costume, and is seen dressed in a padded hooded jacket, and plain white trainers. In a strict sense we can only assume this event as a prank, given that they lacked the whole ensemble of matching clown gear. I would say this person probably is a teen (as they ran away really quick) and that they were between 5’6″ – 5’10 in height. I think that for people in the area of Woodlands, that they don’t have an actual creepy clown, rather a creep in a clown mask! At least if they are going to try doing the whole clown thing, to up their game somewhat, stop being a Tesco value jester, and put some proper effort into it, cheapskate!!

Seriously, wearing just a mask does not qualify as being a “proper” local scary clown! At least plenty of the other cut price pennywise’s go to the effort of actually dressing up for the part, any fool can stick a mask on and scare unsuspecting victims! Close but no cigar.

More clown snippets from the web now, more on other freaky fiends haunting other northern towns…

The Burnley clown in the news: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511762/Another-creepy-clown-terrorises-town-Teachers-police-online-photos-mystery-figure-scare-children.html and http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/10825032.Spot_the_Burnley_Clown_rumours_false/

The Barnsley Clown also in the news with a pic: http://www.barnsley-chronicle.co.uk/news/article/7235/scary-clown-seen-lurking-on-barnsley-streets giving rise to the rumours of Goldthorpe sightings being true.

Now a link for the Rotherham clown, he’s got a facebook page you know! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-rotherham-clown/172582226274897

Please let me know of any links and interesting developments in this stupid clown saga…

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CLOWN NEWS: South Yorkshire Police speak out about recent clown sightings

21 Nov

CLOWN NEWS

Police quell fears over Doncaster spooky clown ‘sightings’ – The Star.

In this article from the Star newspaper (and online) which states the Safer neighbourhoods team say:

“We are aware that there are a number of reports circulating on social media of a clown being seen on the streets of South Yorkshire.“There have been no actual sightings of a clown reported to police or any crimes committed.”

If this is “true”, then I find it hard to believe that no one has made any reports at all. I think its more likely that they are trying to downplay the clown crisis, just to stop the fear and worry. Methinks a request for information (freedom of information and all that) will be in order, just to see exactly how many reports SYP have recieved about it.

With the uproar of tonights clown sighting around here, not only were paramedics alerted, but also police officers, already with this fact, the statement is already false! Even my mother-in-law rang up to enquire about her concern when the thing started, and I also imagine that others have done so as well! Wait till some old dear gets a shock from a clown and keels over dead? Just harmless fun then is it?

Obviously people are scared, understandably so, its not everyday a costumed psycho taps on your windows dressed as a clown! Yes I know that the rumours are just that, rumours, but no one can deny that somethings going on. the residents round here were almost getting pitchforks and flaming torches to hunt down and lynch the culprit (which in today’s fiasco, there were two occasions to the same place, either the same one or there is another working in pairs etc.)

I still think its just a load of publicity seeking pranksters, scaring folks for fun. But even so, the intent to scare and harass must be considered some type of criminal act? How police can say no crime has occurred is strange, surely tresspass at least, they seem to have no trouble usually making up stuff to charge people with, why not now?

This article here detailing the Grimsby clown is a new one for the list, and a bit more well researched than usual, only thing is if that picture is the actual Scunthorpe clown, he’s not even scary! It’s like Mr Tumble has just raided a charity shop! Admittedly the Market Rasen clown is more creepy, but it seems that at this rate every town and city in the UK will end up with a clown, all you need is some silly fucker with a £19.99 clown outfit and a latex mask off ebay!

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/just-harmless-fun-Rumours-circulate-clown/story-20111528-detail/story.html

Keep any bits coming in, especially pics, locations or videos.

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CLOWN NEWS: Lincoln, Scunthorpe and Sheffield clowns in the news

21 Nov

So, more clown stuff, rather than give you a description of todays found news, I thought that I’d let the links speak for themselves, and the pics/vids so to speak. New locations and related clown info drifting around the web.

The Lincoln Clown: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/Scary-clown-spotted-Lincoln-Facebook-page/story-20104672-detail/story.html Some whispers on the net claim that this clown was nothing but a local band seeking the news to go viral, again for publicity (if that had been successful, we would know the bands name wouldn’t we!)

The Scunthorpe Clown: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/sinister-looking-clown-roaming-streets-Scunthorpe/story-20099038-detail/story.html and here: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/Good-clown-Scunthorpe-8217-s-sinister-clown/story-20104994-detail/story.html and here: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/xx/story-20100213-detail/story.html

And Sheffieldhttp://forgetoday.com/news/mysterious-locals-spotted-clowning-around-sheffield/ and talk here; http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=10167865 and Sheffield sightings facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSheffieldCS

Also pics of the Chesterfield, Sheffield and Retford Clowns.

May or not be the “Rainworth clown” however, while the mask looks similar, the costume doesn’t match.

Taken from the facebook page, dedicated to this creepy clown haunting Sheffield.

I thought I’d add this video of the rainworth clown from youtube, just for comparison to the pic of the Chesterfield clown, as you see, the costume differs, so I would still say these are still two different, if not unrelated clowns (jesus, I can’t believe I’m seriously writing this!)

This is a new one, the Retford clown, looks kinda like a zombie Ronald MacD.

Plus a shot of the purported Retford clown, a zombified version of Mr macD, I’d heard a few rumours of Retford’s clown, but I suppose this is confirmation it’s true.

As we speak, literally while I’m typing there’s been a sighting in my area, a kid has just seen a clown, and it’s scared her senseless and is getting treated for shock right now. I must tell you that even so I’m not too fazed by one of these costumed freaks, just hearing lots of uproar and uncertainty in case someones lurking around my area, it’s still really unsettling. My kids are pretty freaked right now (Plus they’re only little ones, so they are borderline from really throwing a big panic if anyone upsets them now they have heard there’s a scary clown about) I’ll get more info about this as soon as possible.

For those out there who normally come here for other content that’s non-clown related, please do not fear, I’ll be back to normal service soon, providing these bloody clowns don’t spread further…

Right where’s my bat…

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