This pdf clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of how to use/introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 pages chockfull with content, so let’s take a look!
Even before I read Stephen King’s “It” or ever heard about a psycho called Gacey, clowns creeped me out – it was not full-blown coulrophobia, but rather an uncanny sense of unease – my infantile mind kept wondering what would make grown men paint their faces and generate antics. It is with some sense of self-conscious irony that I now look back on this and realize that, to a certain degree, the goth subculture and shock rock have taken the aesthetics of in particular the harlequin and reappropriated them…that my favorite supervillain ever is the Joker…that to this day, I consider the Jack of Tears introduced in 3.X’s Blood Bayou one of the best villains to ever grace a d20-supplement. Evil clowns. They are creepy and awesome.
This pdf, then, would contain an assortment of outsiders that employ this most disturbing of tropes – but can the builds hold up to the legacy of the evocative theme? Well, let’s look at the CR 9 Coulrodaemon: Think of these guys are daemonic harlequins, whose head floats above their body. They juggle burning skulls that corrupt the luck of those hit and also have an aura that generates pratfalls, which duplicate combat maneuvers…oh, and if you’re like me and one of the folks who misses the time when monsters had a well-written habitat, ecology…you know, a story beyond stats, well, then this book does deliver just that!
The second clown herein would be the Mazzak demon at CR 10: Ogre-sized and covered with shaggy fur, these guys wield oversized hammers that can inflict negative conditions upon adversaries and generate a rain of shadowy objects that plummet from the sky, dealing damage to the unfortunates caught below, reflecting well their theme of gleeful sadism.
The CR 7 Paglichino (mockery devil) gets bardic performance akin to a court bard and may generate a shocking array of duplicates while turning invisible…and if he tires of laughing at foes being shocked, he can rematerialize and blow foes asunder…once again, a winner and one that reflects well the efficiency theme of devils.
The laetitius kyton can be found on the cover of this book and has a CR of 8…and if the war razor is no indicator…yep, these guys can take off their OWN faces and put them on foes, potentially suffocating them…and you thought slicing off faces was bad…delightfully disturbing!
At CR 14, the anglerfish-like Lophigogdue qlippoth look like gigantic misshapen anglerfish. Wait, what? That’s not clowny, right? Well, wait a second…you see, these nasty beings veil themselves as travelling circuses! Oh yes, I can see that being truly sick…no wonder all the folks are weird, right? I never even thought of this one! Two thumbs up!
The CR 10 Bhozol Sahkil would be a hunched and lanky giant with terrible flexibility and a touch that can disfigure those afflicted; embodiments of the uncanny and fear of it, they may look humanoid…pretty harmless, even…but are anything but that. Emotional sadists, one and all, these critters complement the excellent array of critters presented herein perfectly.
The pdf also has a total of 6 new magic items for us, the first of which would be the capricious carriage, which comes with its own demiplane and certainly makes some twisted adventures possible. Clown shoes that enhance trip, but make you more clumsy and slow your movement are similarly neat. An enchanted hand-puppet theater (and a cursed, twisted version!) allow for cool storytelling and then there would be the slapstick armor, which allows you to Bluff foes easier (and generates your choice of funny sounds while you’re being dismembered…). And yes, cursed version included.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to a unique, gorgeous two-column full-color standard and the pdf provides original, awesome full-color artworks for ALL monsters herein. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience.
This is the first book by Deborah Kammerzell and Chris Van Horn I have read…and OH BOY does it make me want to read more! I am not kidding when I’m saying that this is absolutely amazing – the level of detail and information, the monster builds with their unique tricks, the cool and creative ideas I haven’t seen before…instead of just making yet another It-ripoff with balloons and the like, we get full-blown amazing killer clowns that made me immediately dust off the ole’ Blood Bayou. This little bestiary is literally all killer, no filler and well worth every cent – 5 stars + seal of approval, given without any hesitation. Get this…or the clowns might get you!
You can get this cool supplement here on OBS! Make sure the clowns don’t get you…so get them first!