Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning. Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can. Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.
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CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD is fun slasher horror. Quinn is easily relatable as the new person in a small town, and the Frendo creep factor is definitely at it's highest point through her eyes as opposed to someone who grew up in the town. The heart of the story isn't a murderous clown, however. It's the generational divide between the adults and teens/kids. Millennial and Gen Z readers will recognize the dialogue around the issues of conflict like technology, values, and perspective of the past (whether it was great or whether it had many faults). But this time, the conflict gets deadly.
While I enjoyed the story, I had a hard time really connecting with the characters. Many felt relatable but lacked as much depth as I wanted. This made it difficult to fully invest in their journey. The theme of generational divide, while a nice center point amidst the horror, was a bit overkill (pardon the pun) and further distanced me from the narrative.
Overall, this was an enjoyable horror read with social themes.