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Today, the laughter stops –
Dark’s Carnival has already left town, but it’s left a fetid seed behind. There’s a transgressive magic that spooks the carnies and unsettles the freaks. Beyond the barkers and the punters, behind the lights and tents where the macabre and the lost find refuge, there’s a deformity that has nothing to do with skin and bones. Where tragic players strut on a creaking stage, everybody’s going through changes. Jongleurs and musicians huddle in the back. It seems as if every one’s running, but is it toward something—or away?
The carnies bring you stories, a heady mix of shadows and candy floss, dreams gone sour and nights that go on too long. Let them lure you into the tent.
Carnival: whether you picture it as a traveling fair in the back roads of America or the hedonistic nights of the pre-Lenten festival where masks hide faces while the skin glories in its revelation, it’s about spectacle, artificiality and the things we hide behind the greasepaint or the tent flap. Let these writers lead you on a journey into that heart of blackened darkness and show you what’s behind the glitz.
Underneath, we’re all freaks after all…
‘A heady cocktail of freaks, witches, monsters and flat out scary clowns – just like a carnival should be!’
~Greg Smith, Editor Fifty Shades of Geek
Table of Contents
Introduction: Caravan ~ K. A. Laity
Family Blessings ~ Jan Kozlowski
In the Mouth of the Beast ~ Li Huijia
Idle Hands ~ Hannah Kate
The Things We Leave Behind ~ Christopher L. Irvin
She’s My Witch ~ Paul D. Brazill
The Mermaid Illusion ~ Carol Borden
Natural Flavouring ~ Rebecca Snow
Madam Mafoutee’s Bad Glass Eye ~ Chloë Yates
Buffalo Brendan and the Big Top Ballot ~ Allan Watson
Carne Levare ~ Emma Teichmann
Leave No Trace ~ A. J. Sikes
Fair ~ Robin Wyatt Dunn
Things Happen Here After Dark ~ Sheri White
Mister Know-It-All ~ Richard Godwin
Trapped ~ Joan De La Haye
The Price of Admission ~ Neal Litherland
Take Your Chances ~ Michael S. Chong
Young Mooncalf ~ Katie Young
The Teeth Behind the Beard ~ James Bennett