Phobia Friday: Coulrophobia - FEAR of clowns
Everyone is afraid of something. Whether it is a fear of losing a loved one or a crippling phobia of spiders, fear is a very powerful thing. So powerful, in fact, that many a supernatural entity feeds off this fear. FEARnet has its own fear doctor: Dr. Andover, played by horror legend Robert Englund, in our upcoming web series Fear Clinic. Dr. Andover isn't such a bad guy – he just wants to cure your fears. At any cost.
To count down to the premiere of Fear Clinic, we have scoured the depths of madness to bring you some other notable fear eaters…Look for 2 new Fear Eaters every Friday in FEARtober!
Name: Pennywise/It from the Stephen King classic It.
First Appearance: Pennywise first appears in the novel in 1957, when It wakes from hibernation and kills six-year-old George Denbrough, ripping his arm out of his socket. However, It has existed for millions of years, first waking in 1715.
Bio: It most frequently goes by the name Bob Gray or Pennywise – the moniker It was given by the children in the novel. A shapeshifting creature from another universe, It takes on the form of your deepest fears, though It most frequently appears as Pennywise the Dancing Clown – because who isn't afraid of clowns? It hibernates for 27 years at a time, then spends 16-18 months
Weakness: The Ritual of Chud, which sounds a lot scarier than it is: a human and a monster tell jokes – first to make the other side laugh is the winner.
Fear Factor: 5 out of 5. If you are one of the eight people on the planet who aren't freaked out by clowns, It will transform into your greatest fear.
First Appearance: Redjac is the incorporeal demon who frames Scotty for murder in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Wolf in the Fold." Redjac later made appearances in several WildStorm and DC Star Trek comics.
Bio: An ancient, misogynistic evil who goes by many names, include Beratis and Kesla. Redjac is thought to be responsible for the Jack the Ripper slayings in London, as well as a number of murders in Shanghai, Kiev, and on alien planets. The fear of its victims actually gives Redjac nourishment, and what better way to evoke fear than to kill? Redjac is an incorporeal cluster of electromagnetic impulses. Like a parasite, Redjac requires a host body to gather fear.
Weakness: The absence of fear. In order to defeat Redjac, the crew is sedated and Redjac grows weak. Spock then shoots Redjac – in its host body – into space.
Fear Factor: 1 out of 5. A floating ball of gas – unless it is coming from Captain Kirk's ass – is not scary. If all it takes to starve Redjac is sedation, pop a couple Valium and wait for it to waste away.