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Coulrophobia by Bruce Twitchell

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  • I had the pleasure this year of photographing Scarywood, a haunted theme park just north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. During the months of September and October, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into an amazing location filled with a roller coaster that goes backwards, zombies and zombie killers on a steam train, and an alley of psycho clowns, to name a few of the attractions.

    Thousands of people visit the park each night it is open and wait in line for hours, sometimes, just to be scared out of their minds.

    The whole concept is weird to me that people will pay as much as they do to be scared. I don't know if it is that people start feeling too safe in their life and need to have, even for a moment, a sense that they are not in control.

    Or maybe it is that things in life are so bad that they need something to feel even worse, so that their reality does not seem as bad.

    Or perhaps it is just to escape reality even for a while.

    What is even weirder to me is the concept of being scared of clowns. Heights I can understand being scared of. Snakes I can understand being scared of.

    Clowns I do not understand and in my own opinion I think that most people just say that they are scared of clowns to get attention for some reason.

    Coulrophobia- The fear of clowns.
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