Few images can conjure feelings of joy and horror as quickly as clowns, forever being tied with both innocence and terror. Thanks to the recent string of clown appearances in the wild and the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's It landing in theaters in September, the jesters aren't viewed quite as fondly at the moment as they used to be. For those with a penchant for clowns, however, a clown-themed motel, which RoadTrippers.com as described as the "scariest motel in America," is up for purchase.
The small hotel in Tonopah, Nevada seems like an unassuming place to spend the night on your way to Las Vegas, but for those with a fear of clowns, it could be the place of nightmares. In addition to every room in the motel being clown-themed, the lobby alone is packed to the gills with clown dolls, acting seemingly as a challenge to anyone hoping to spend the night, forcing them to endure an onslaught of clowns before even signing the necessary paperwork.
To many, spending the night in a clown motel might be the last thing we'd ever want to do, but according to RoadTrippers.com, "If you're thinking of booking a night at the Clown Motel, you better make sure you call ahead and reserve your room. Believe it or not, despite the ghosts of long dead miners and thousands of menacing clowns, they have a habit of booking up. Some of us just love to be scared."
The owner of the motel, Bob Perchetti, is now looking to retire after providing guests with nightmares for the last 20 years.
"I'm going to go fishing. I want to go enjoy myself," Perchetti said of his decision to leave the motel behind. "It became a way of life with me. It's funny you get attached to something. I haven't gone so far as to start talking to them. Oh, I'm going to miss the clowns. I'm going to come back. I'm going to come back and visit my clowns."
During an interview with the Bangor News in Maine, Stephen King explained why he chose the image of a clown for his novel, best describing the impact the image has on many.0comments
"I chose Pennywise the Clown as the face which the monster originally shows the kiddies because kids love clowns, but they also fear them," King revealed. "Clowns with their white faces and red lips are so different and so grotesque compared to 'normal' people. Take a little kid to the circus and show him a clown, he's more apt to scream with fear than laugh."
The motel is currently up for grabs for $900,000.