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MIND GAMES

Welcome, welcome!  So glad you’ve returned.  Old Char is up to his tricks again, folks.  He really likes to mess with your mind.

Three tales of the mind and madness are featured in the sideshow of the surreal today.  First, how do you really know who you are if everyone else is convinced that you are someone else?  This is the question to ponder in THE FACE IS FAMILIAR.  Of course, the trip could be downhill all the way as you take a DESCENT INTO MADNESS. Sadly, it’s a one way trip.  Finally, maybe it really is your mind they are after – or at least your brains in THE PHANTOM WRECKER.  If you see it on a lonely stretch of mountainous highway, just keep driving.  Don’t check your rearview mirror.  And above all, keep your head on!

If you’ve managed to keep your wits about you, and your brains planted firmly in your skull, then we would love to see you next time.  Please return to the Circus of the Unknown. We’ll try to make Charlie behave next time.

 

MYTHICAL MONSTROSITIES

More macabre monsters of myth grace the sideshow today.  Charlie Barker will show you them in detail.  Or, perhaps more aptly, he will show the monsters you.

First, we meet the real-life New Jersey Devil as part of our sub-series, “States of Fear”.  THE MONSTER OF THE PINE BARRENS awaits.  Next, it’s the tale of an evil genie in DJINN RUMMY.  Finally, it’s a story that may be dragon at the start, but picks up at the end in FINISH THE STORY, GRANDPA.  It’s a scaly tail, er scary tale, to be sure.

There are always more monsters awaiting you at the sideshow.  Please come back and witness the spectacle again.

GHOSTS AND SPIRITS: DELTA WINDS

The only reprieve the prisoners faced from the enveloping silence were the sand storms or snowfall as carried on those same Delta winds, though they must have been somewhat angrier in that time. As we walked along, each lost in our own thoughts, we dwelled on the past. The ghosts were strong here. The horrific history of the internment camp haunts the place.

EYE SPY

Can you trust your eyes?  Have they ever lied to you?  Be honest.

Yet, Charlie Barker shows us when our eyes can behold something horrific yet perhaps not entirely what it seems to be.  First up, a lonely trucker’s wife watches her husband’s long haul on the TRAFFIC CAM.  Trouble is, what is that in the path of his truck?  Next, it’s a VIEW FROM THE TREE FORT as some local kids discover what really has been happening to their neighbors.  Last up, it’s DRAGON BREATH about a boy convinced that a man-eating dragon is just waiting until his father leaves for work before feasting on him.

Just what happens when one witnesses madness?  Is it contagious?  Come back next time and maybe you’ll see things clearly.