A screen shot shows the Facebook page of 'Spot Northampton's Clown' on Sept. 19, 2013.
(Photo: Spot Northampton's Clown/Facebook)
LONDON - So the mysterious clown that has been giving residents in and around Princess Diana's home county of Northamptonshire the heebie-jeebies lately has finally had his say.
The Northampton Clown has spoken exclusively - albeit anonymously - with local paper the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.
And guess what?
First, he's a he, according to the Northampton Chronicle & Echo story.
Second, the sinister, silent appearances in various locations around the East Midlands town of Northampton, population approximately 200,000, in recent days have all been just a bit of old-fashioned fun.
"I just wanted to amuse people," the creepy Pennywise-lookalike said Thursday. Pennywise is a character from Stephen King's It.
"Most people enjoy being a bit freaked out and then they can laugh about it afterwards. It's like watching a horror movie, when people get scared they usually start laughing."
Except that not everyone was laughing.
One Facebook user named Tony Taylor commented on the "Spot Northampton's Clown" Facebook page: "Is it safe to approach him?" Another, Sarah Maley, wrote: "I am unsettled by this."
Yet another longtime former resident of Northamptonshire who asked not to be identified - full disclosure, she is married to the author of this story - said that there are "way more scary people in Northampton than this clown." She did not elaborate.
The Northampton Clown did not immediately respond to a message sent via Facebook, and the journalist who bagged the world exclusive with the clown, Callum Jones, was on lunch when USA TODAY called the Northampton Chronicle & Echo offices.
However, during his interview Jones said in his story today that the Northampton Clown "regularly made references to the 1990 horror movie" It.
"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," said the clown, whose Facebook page has nearly 130,000 likes, and whose creepy antics have attracted global attention.
The (comic?) entertainer appears to regularly use two catch phrases on Facebook: "Beep Beep!" and "I'll be seeing you soon."
In one post, the clown says, "I'm also 'not' on Twitter as it confused the heck out of me."