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Unlikely Story issue 11.5 - April 1 2015 - Journal of Unlikely Coulrophobia
Edited by Bernie Mojzes and A.C. Wise
Cover Artist: Linda Saboe
Review by Sam Tomaino
Unlikely Story eZine  
Date: 29 April 2015

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We now refer to this online magazine, collectively, as Unlikely Story. Here is issue 11.5, The Journal of Unlikely Coulrophobia (Fear of Clowns) with stories by and Interview with: Derek Manuel, Sara K. McNeilly, Virginia M. Mohlere, Caroline M. Yoachim, and Carlie St. George.

Here we have issue 11.5 of Unlikely Story, The Journal of Unlikely Coulrophobia (Fear of Clwns), still an online magazine with an unusual focus. You can download a pdf of this issue at their website (see link at the top of this review) and pay for it, or not.

"Five Things Every Successful Clown Must Do" by Derek Manuel -+- They are (1) Understand the Humorous Nature of Tragedy, (2) Have Confidence in Your Ability, (3) Use Props and Costume to the Fullest, (4) Be Aware of Your Surrounding and (5) Construct an Inconspicuous Hive. As that last might indicate, this is not for human clowns. Hilarious!

"Perfect Mime" by Sara K. McNeilly -+- A day in the life of a mime, which starts okay but gets seriously bizarre (and nasty) as the day goes on. Unsettling.

"A Million Tiny Ropes" by Virginia M. Mohlere -+- The clowns promise "We'll always catch you, JennyAnne," when they have a net and she is on the trapeze. Why is this not reassuring? Another tale calculated to make you feel uneasy and succeeds at that.

"Everyone’s a Clown" by Caroline M. Yoachim -+- Or narrator and his daughter start seeing clown faces on everyone, mirroring their feelings. They learn to deal with it. Nicely bizarre.

"Break the Face in the Jar by the Door" by Carlie St. George -+- Our narrator's daughter, McKenna, is suffering from coulrodermatism aka 'that creepy clown disease'. She has a clown face, a sad clown face. It seems to be related to her father being emotionally abusive and her mother just trying to cover it up. The mother finally does something about it. An absurd story with a very real point. Quite an achievement.

Another great issue from the Unlikley group. Their next issue will be The Journal of Unlikely Academia. Sounds like fun. Look them up on their website and give them some money when you download this worth magazine.

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