Since the beginning of October, residents of Wasco, Calif. have been calling police to report sightings of a strange (undoubtedly murderous) circus clown, Bakersfield's KGET-TV reports. Appearing only at night, the clown has been spotted carrying a variety of fun props, including mallets, balloons and—that most classic of novelties—an axe.

Of course, because it's 2014, the living urban legend maintains an active social media presence, complete with vague threats punctuated with gun and knife emoji.

But it's not all good news. On Tuesday, the Wasco Clown posted a photo of a new addition to his deranged clown posse bearing the caption "Like I said there's more than one of us were all over," indicating even non-Wascoians aren't safe.

Of course, it could all just be a viral marketing ploy for American Horror Story, but so far police have been unable to interview any of the clowns. "We may have people dressing up as clowns," Bakersfield Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs told The Bakersfield Californian, "and we get there and they're not there."

[Images via Instagram]