I have always been afraid of clowns. I suffer from coulrophobia, like many people in the world. However, it was only recently that I remembered why I cannot stand them.
A few months ago, I was scrolling through Screenrant’s news archive where I saw an article that went something like “Stephen King’s It, Pennywise The Clown’s costume revealed” and I felt a nudge. I scrolled down though. Until I scrolled back up and realised I knew who Pennywise was, that I knew what It was. I knew it was a Stephen King book. I made that connection first.
Then thoughts started racing through my mind. Turns out, when I was a kid, a show aired on Indian television titled Woh. The reason this show is so important to me was because I was dead scared of it and the only two distinct features I remember are one, the clown in it and two, the signature tune. I’ve attached it below. You’re looking for the na-na-na-na bit in the end.
I remember being afraid when someone sang the tune or told me “Woh aa jaega.” (“It’ll be here”)
So, in a completely Sherlock-esque feeling, thoughts spontaneously connected in my mind and this transpired in my head.
It translates to Woh in Hindi. I don’t know who or what Pennywise is but I know a certain Woh who was a clown and was scary. I know Stephen King has written a book titled It and he usually writes creepy, scary fiction.
Almost sure that I was right, I didn’t even have to verify it. However, I still did a quick search just for the sake of it. Turns out, Woh was indeed based on Stephen King’s It and Pennywise was It or in my world, Woh. Goosebumps came all over my body that night and I went to straight to sleep. I woke up in the morning.
In a shocking revelation that I had forgotten all along, I learned why I have always been afraid of clowns. Born in 1996, I would’ve been about 2-3 years old when Woh aired. Still, the remnants of that fear stayed. Enough to make me feel uneasy around that forevermore smiling statue of Ronald McDonald outside every McDonald’s store.
Anyway, catch the trailer of It. It just came out today. It’s scary to say the least.