If you suffer from coulrophobia, look away now. Scary clowns are invading more than your TV screens, and we might be on the verge of The Clownpocalypse. Uproxx is reporting on the creepy goings-on of a clown who lurks around a small California town at night. “Like the evil carnival figure that haunted Staten Island earlier this year, the ‘Wasco Clown’ has been roaming the streets late at night and hanging around local establishments. If that wasn’t freaky enough, he’s also been documenting his eerie adventures on both Instagram and Facebook. Although the true identity of the character remains a mystery, he recently told reporters at Kernal Golden Empire that the whole thing is actually part of a year-long project he’s been conducting with his wife.” We’re a little unsure what sort of project that would be, but we’re really hoping it doesn’t involve Tim Curry.
Even more bizarrely, the Wasco Clown has inspired a number of “legitimately terrifying copycats in nearby cities. For example, police officials in Bakersfield have received numerous reports of ‘clowns standing in public holding machetes and baseball bats.'” How scared of clowns are you? Take this Buzzfeed quiz to find out – if you dare.