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  • Writer's pictureRachel Schommer

Rachel Schommer Reviews: 2.26.24

This week's read was different stylistically than I'm used to, but also super fun! Bonus: it's available on Kindle Unlimited.



 



THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HORROR CLOWN: THE LIFE AND GOOD TIMES OF A SERIAL KILLER by Otto DeFay.


1. This book is the opposite of ‘Clowns vs Spiders’ I reviewed back on 2.5.24. In this book we follow the story of a serial killer who left home at the tender age of 16 with the intention of joining the circus. Except, in this case, he didn’t take the joy of making children laugh away from his time under the big-top; he took all the lessons of your nightmares and went on to use them to exact revenge on people he feels have wronged or inconvenienced him.


2. Written as a combination of memoir and how-to-manual from the perspective of the above-mentioned serial-killing clown; this style was a bit different than what I typically read in fiction. I occasionally found myself being pulled out of the story, style-wise. However, after I reset my expectations, I was able to get back in and enjoy again. This resolved itself once I got about 1/3 of the way into the story and got into the flow of the style. It was worth sticking out, and I enjoyed something outside the norm.


3. Living near Milwaukee, Wi, the birth place of Harley Davidson, there is one death in particular that totally resonated with me. My intrusive thoughts were incredibly satisfied.


4. Don’t be a dick. No, seriously, you never know if the person you’re being unkind to is an unhinged sociopath who will lie in wait until you’ve completely forgotten any interaction you’ve had with them and then...BAM – you’re being horrifically tortured for weeks on end.


5. I hope there’s more of Horror Clown! The ending is ambiguous in the fact that it could definitely set-up a 2nd story, but it also could just be one hell of a mic drop.

 

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