Ain't Clownin' Around

In the wake of the creepy clown epidemic, we sat down with Stitches, one of the creepy clowns scaring the South and co-owner of Dead City Clowns, to discuss the clown epidemic, his most memorable scares, and just how scary he thinks he really is.  


South magazine: Tell me about yourself and the Dead City Clowns.

Stitches: You wanna know the real story or the folklore story?


SM: Tell me the good, juicy one.

S: Dead City Clowns actually started because of the Ringmistress. She is a 400-and-something-year-old witch who learned how to remain young by removing all of the good and positive in someone, leaving them with the darkness, hatred, and all that good stuff. 


SM: Well she sounds amazing. 

S: Yeah, she’s a pretty girl. But myself, I was a traveling magician that would go around with the circus and what not, way, way, way back in the day. She would actually attend my shows, without me knowing about it. She was doing her thing. Draining me of all of the good, every night when I performed. Until one night I was doing the saw the girl in half with a box act. Well, that night, I decided to go ahead and actually saw my assistant in half, leave her on the stage, walk off and cut the next clown’s face off with a shovel, put it on my face, and once I ran out, the Ringmistress was waiting there for me. That’s kind of how Dead City Clowns got started and from there, we went around, collaborating, and now we’re 25 [clowns] strong. 


SM: Tell me about the mission of Dead City Clowns.

S: Our motto is “spread the fear.” We go around the States and the world, providing unique forms of entertainment. People travel from states and states away to come see us.


SM: On a scale of Pennywise to Freddy Krueger, how scary are you?

S: I would decimate them both.


SM: That’s what I like to hear. What’s your most memorable scare?

I’ve had people urinate, defecate, jump over things, end up bleeding trying to get away from me. But I think when people collapse and pass out are the bests. 


SM: I would say that’s pretty successful.

S: *Laughs evilly* 


SM: What’s coming up for Dead City Clowns?

S: We’re going into Haunt Season, so we’ll be in the Warehouse of Horrors in Hardeeville, South Carolina all season, while other clowns in our crew will be traveling around to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. We have our own vape juice line called Dead City Clouds put out by, and our own moonshine called Dead City Night ‘Shine, a blackberry moonshine produced by Jasper County Distillery that can be found in South Carolina, too. 

To see them at Warehouse of Horrors, visit


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