Ghost Writer


This is the end.  My only friend, the end.  The circus packs up and hits the road today.  Time for one final trio of totally true tales of terror.

What happens after Christmas and before New Year’s Eve?  Why, Boxing Day, of course!  What happens when the dead rise?  Why, UNBOXING DAY, of course!  Then, it’s time to set up for the end of the year party with that sparkly MIRROR BALL.  After that, there is nothing left but THE COUNTDOWN until that ball drops.

Thank you, my friends, for your patronage to the Sideshow of the Surreal.  Charlie Barker tips his hat to you, one final time.  Goodbye.


Ho ho hold on there.  You don’t think ole Charlie Barker would let you get by without a little Christmas cheer, did you?  It’s very festive at the sideshow today.  It’s time for a trio of holiday treats.

What could be a better present that getting THE FAMILY PORTRAIT.  Too bad the canvas shows something terrible instead.  It’s also time to set up that CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.  All those miniatures sure look real, don’t they?  Then, nothing says the holidays like an old hag with a broomstick.  WE WITCH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS has just the thing for your seasonal delight.

There’s just one left, ladies and gents.  Come back for the end of the year closeout special at the Sideshow of the Surreal.  Until then, Merry Christmas!


Sometimes, the whisper in the night is not your conscience but a malevolent force.  The sound pierces the otherwise quiet night, urging you to do things…well, out of character.  Here are some of those voices.

First, a man runs a dial in horror show that is actually a cover for the mob in DIAL-A-FRIGHT.  Then, that incessant piano practicing down the hall is at it again in RECITAL PRACTICE.  Didn’t that girl die last week?  CALL CONTROL keeps the malevolence in good form for the final voice of unreason.

As the year winds to a close, ladies and gentlemen, the circus is not quite done.  Almost, but not quite.  Join Charlie Barker again as he has a couple more tickets left in the Sideshow of the Surreal.


Who wants to hear a ghost story?  How about three of them.  Charlie has a score of haunted tales of spectral surprises for you in the sideshow.

First one is the Colorado legend of THE GHOST OF JOGGER HILL.  It’s sure to give you a fright.  Second is the story of an ambitious news reporter who discovers the crash victims she is covering haven’t quite passed on in SEMI-LIVE COVERAGE.  What happens when you are killed and the authorities can’t pin it on the proper killer?  West Virginia has an absolutely true tale of THE GHOST WHO SOLVED HER OWN MURDER.

Now, hush.  Don’t make such a fuss.  If they hear you, you don’t have a ghost of a chance.