Peggy Geiger's Reviews > ClownFellas: Tales of the Bozo Family

ClownFellas by Carlton Mellick, III
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really liked it
bookshelves: owned, giveaway, favorites, horror, thriller

Genre:Adult Fiction>Bizarro

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"They call me Captain Spotty," the clown introduced himself, holding out his hand to shake.

"When Earl looked at him, his skin crawled. With his wild-eyed stare and permanent crazed smile exposing a row of black rotten teeth, Captain Spotty was the single most terrifying clown Earl had ever seen. His style was that of a hobo, wearing a patchwork coat made of green and orange plaid. A family of cockroaches scurried beneath his shabby clothes, crawling in and out of his collar and up his neck. Earl had to hold his breath to stop himself from screaming."

"As Spotty shook his hand, the paper-white clown skin felt cold and rubbery to the touch. Earl knew clowns weren't human, but he didn't realize just how inhuman they really were until he felt one in the flesh. He jerked his hand away as a cockroach crawled out the clown's sleeve and tickled his knuckle."

This book is a collection of six short stories set in a world where comedy is illegal. The characters and basic storyline flows from story to story. Just as in the prohibition era where the making of white lightning escalated, comedy now thrives. Clowns are real. The large red nose is not paint and makeup, instead their nose IS large and red. Imagine Pennywise, on steroids, as the godfather of an organization. You get the idea.

The banning of comedy has caused normal men (known as vanilla's), to become clowns by drinking a potion or "Happy Juice". Mostly it works, but occasionally the potion turns the would-be clowns into grotesque and misshapen beings, now shunned by both society and the clown world.

The clown capos have a hierarchy in the organization. There are clowns and those known as half-clowns. Romance is between them is forbidden, which of course makes it all the more alluring.

There is an on-going rivalry between the French mafia mime clowns and the Bozo clown family. The book will have you laughing at some of their antics and then as you read further, the antics turn into bizarre horror.

The arsenal used in their territorial fights are awesome, magical and weird. Mimes create invisible barriers that stop bullets from a machine gun. The machine gun may have been pulled out of a clown hat and the bullets can grow a bouquet of flowers out of the wound. The mimes fire bullets from invisible guns. The ammo includes laughing bullets that make you laugh yourself to death or depressing bullets that make you want to commit suicide.

The book is extremely clever and well-written, I look forward to reading more from this author.

ARC courtesy of the author and publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
May 12, 2015 – Shelved
May 12, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
December 13, 2017 – Shelved as: owned
February 24, 2018 – Shelved as: giveaway
February 24, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites
February 24, 2018 – Shelved as: horror
February 24, 2018 – Shelved as: thriller

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