The cover shows Murder the Clown dodging axes.
Ray Gordon really likes the circus. His uncle, Theo, is a performer in Koko's Klown Academy and he invites Ray to come join him for the summer. At first, Ray's parents are reluctant - they know their son has a habit of getting himself into strange situations. But manages to convince them that he'll be in his best behavior.
The circus itself is very cool. The clowns stay in their makeup all day and only go by their clown names. Ray becomes a clown-in-training named Mr. Belly-Bounce. But the longer he's there, the scarier things become. There are whisperings about a place named Clown Street and nobody, including Murder the Clown, wants to go there. Will Ray be able to survive the dark secrets of the circus?
PlotRay Gordon, the main protagonist, is introduced in the book by being surprised with the infuriation to Koko's Klown Academy, where his uncle Theo works at. Ray's parents are reluctant because they know Ray can get himself in weird situations, but ultimately, they let him go. He gets there, excited, and people are showing him around, where he learns some of the names of the clowns. He learns that the clowns can only be called by their clown names. He then gets his own tent with his Uncle Theo. Ray will do his routines and things, but then notices that some of the clowns are going missing. He gets suspicious, and he starts thinking it was a clown sending them away. Ray tells his friend, and within a day, she disappears. He earlier heard about "Clown Street", but it made no sense to him until now- sort of. Ray learns eventually that a clown was posing as his Uncle Theo because his uncle had been sent to clown street right after he invited Ray over. He wondered where clown street was, and now obviously knew that clowns were being sent there. Eventually Ray sends himself there by a dunk tank. He finds his friend, his uncle, and more clowns that were sent there. It was like a prison. Eventually, after some fighting, Ray and his Uncle and his friend get out of clown street, and all seems well. Ray leaves, and when he gets home he finally decides to take the makeup off, only to realize that the makeup doesn't come off. The book ended there.
- The cover art has some changes from the full artwork. Murder's eyes are less pronounced, his hair is gold instead of white, and a black splat was added behind his head.
- Ray has the very same name as the main character from Slappy New Year!.
- The book features a different version (and different description) of Murder The Clown from the HorrorLand books.
- The title is a reference to the 1984 horror film, A Nightmare on Elm Street.
References in other media
- The Uncle Theo version of Murder the Clown appears as a background monster in the Goosebumps film.
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