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Stephen King says chill out because 'most' clowns are 'good'

Horror author Stephen King comes to the defense of good clowns everywhere during a time of clown-related hysteria.

Actor Bill Skarsgård takes on the role of Pennywise for the new "It."

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We're caught up in a clown crisis, with a whole clown car full of creepy clown sightings expanding across the US. The hashtag #IfISeeAClown hit the Twitter trending list on Monday as people tweeted their plans for dealing with scary harlequins.

In this time of burgeoning grease-painted mania, we should turn to the one man who's truly an expert on disturbing clowns: horror master Stephen King, author of menacing-clown-attack book "It." King tweeted a message on Monday, saying, "Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria--most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh."

If King's soothing words haven't calmed your clown-scarred psyche, it's probably because you latched onto the phrase "most of em are good," which implies some of them aren't. Thanks for leaving that door open a crack, Mr. King.

A rebooted movie version of King's "It" is due in theaters in 2017. Entertainment Weekly debuted a full look at the new Pennywise the Clown, which is exactly as nightmarish as you might expect. In the meantime, you might want to steer clear of any clowns you might see lurking about in dark corners at night.