Personally, I steer clear of the giant red and white tent, having never really ventured into a circus or traveling show, but I once stopped along the highway with my family to see "The Thing" and convinced myself that the folks running the attraction were deranged and that if we ventured too far we might not be seen again. Yep, I have an active imagination!
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The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?
And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.
Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed,Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.
CarniePunk will be available to the masses from all the usual suspects on July 23rd, and my review will be posted the day before.