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Stop what you're doing, choose a quiet spot to hide away and shiver with fear, for the coulrophobic's nightmare has apparently come to life: a real life creepy clown has been spotted in Greenville, South Carolina, and its intentions don't seem good...

According to CBS, there have been ''a lot of complaints'' about:

''a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing ... trying to lure children in the woods.''

This creepiest of clowns has reportedly offered children money to follow him into the woods, though fortunately no kids have taken him up on his offer... yet.


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A letter warning residents of Greenville, SC about the creepy clown sighting. It reads:

''There has been... a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods... At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night.''

It's terrifying that children have been telling their parents about ''clowns in the woods,'' but we can hold onto the hope that this creepy clown is just a marketing stunt— albeit one in rather poor taste.

A recent clown stunt involved 'Gags' the clown in Green Bay, Wisconsin, who freaked out the locals with his sinister appearances before it was revealed that Gags was, well... a gag. More specifically, Gags was a marketing stunt, with actor C.J. Guzan telling ABC:

''I auditioned for a role in this short film that was a horror short film about a clown that went around Green Bay. This is the first step of their viral marketing.

It’s getting a little bit scary because people are starting to believe it a little bit more, and we’re starting to see some of those unsettling pictures on Facebook. Not of the clown, but of people armed and preparing to defend themselves, saying, ‘I can’t go outside because I’m afraid of clowns,’ or whatever. That’s just a little too far.''

Check out some (mercifully fictional) creepy clowns in this rad video.

Sound off about this real life creepy clown in the comments — is the Greenville clown luring children into the woods a freaky prank or something more sinister?

Source: Facebook, ABC, CBS, NYT, WBTV