Coulrophobia – or how to face your fears

Who is afraid of the clown? Apparently enough people to have an own term for this fear: Coulrophobia.

In our holiday bungalow on Poel we found a children’s porcelain savings ‚box’ in the form of a clown’s head, used as decoration. It was so ugly and trashy that we immediately named it


(German for creepy clown)

Gruselclown (Before)

Gruselclown (Before)

In a state of absolute coulrophobia, I decided that it definitely needed to get a real makeover:

Gruselclown - After our intervention

Gruselclown – After our intervention

The bookshelf had mostly thriller and horror novels on offer. With the name already set for the clown and seeing the books, it was a short way to decide to turn him into a skull. Now he had a real purpose to hold the books upright and add to the horror theme and the poor thing did not look so out-of-place anymore.

Gruselkabinett - Horror Bookshelve

Gruselkabinett – Horror Bookshelve

In good company with books titled: In the Name of the Dead and Cemetery of the Living Dead or In a Coma.

Disclaimer: It has become a habit of mine, to subtly alter and improve the decoration in hotels and holiday appartments when I have the opportunity. I do this with respect to the owners and future guests. I do not intend any harm and hope that it will put a smile on people’s faces who notice.

4 thoughts on “Coulrophobia – or how to face your fears

  1. ute

    I only fear the first one, now it has character! Perhaps it is just this lack of expression/character which makes clowns so frightening.

    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Exactly – the lack of expression or character of mass-produced, cheap stuff that we surround ourselves with, is what I find frightening, because it all does influence us in the end. I hope my little interventions, give it a bit of character and soul.

    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Just a tiny bit of a rebell spirit in me… and no, I am not that often in hotels, but in this holiday bungalow I was lucky – it had lots of bad taste decorations to play around with 😉 Thank you, dear Jutta, for your continued support! big hug!


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