|“||"Scared of clowns? I'll give you something to really be scard of, you little shit"||„|
|~ The Clown|
Indeed the protagonist of the story suffers from actual coulrophobia (fear of clowns) and tries to brave his fears only to be confronted by a psychotic clown that attempts to strangle him to death before being overpowered by the protagonist's uncle.
It is later revealed the Clown was a mentally ill individual known to the authorities, who had attacked several people before - having taken to dressing as a clown for his own amusement.