Ghost Writer


The sideshow has all sorts of wonders.  Charlie Barker can only related but a few.  This time around, he proposes the possibility that dinosaurs and people were not separated by millions of years of evolution as most commonly thought.  Three tales of reptilian threat are just within the tent.  Grab your coffee at the concession stand and head in for some Jurassic Perk.

The first leathery, cold-blooded tale is OF LIZARD GODS AND MEN.  This is the Aboriginal tale of giant carnivorous lizards known as Adnoartina.  Secondly, it is a more well-known dinosaur tale about an amphibious reptile we all know and love.  It’s THE LOCH NESS BLUNDER.  With a title like that, it can’t possibly have a positive ending.  Next, what do you get when you cross a couple of rednecks with a fifteen thousand pound dinosaur in the woods?  Find out in ANKLE SORE US.

Next time, it’s out of the land of the lost and back to the realm of the unreal.  Away from the terrible lizards and back to the terrifying tales ready and waiting for you in the sideshow when the Circus of the Unknown is open for business yet again.  Charlie will be waiting for your return.  Don’t disappoint him.


The unexpected is often unexplainable.  This week, Charlie Barker takes on three such tales.  Tales that can only be described as supernatural in origin.

First, it’s off to Italy where a man is inadvertently caught up in a funeral procession during THE WEE MOURNING HOURS.  Secondly, a new father comes home to hear something other than his new child through the BABY MONITOR.  The last tale of the unusual is on a Native American reservation.  Those kooky old skinwalkers are at it again in SHAPESHIFTER.

By comparison, the supernatural shows us the borders of the natural.  It is only by crossing that threshold that we can witness mortality and beyond.  Come back to the sideshow again to see where those lines are drawn.


If Bob is your uncle, who’s your old man?  Charlie Barker wants to know.  In fact, it is the main display at the sideshow today.

Fathers are the focus of the frightening fables.  First, do you enjoy playing games with your father?  How about FOR your father?  It’s a terrifying tale known as SCAVENGER HUNT.  Another dad and his sons discover the beast in the darkness in LAIR OF THE CAVE DEMON.  Lastly, there are BIGGER FISH TO FRY when a son is the only person who knows about a monster in his apartment furnace room.

Until next time, the sideshow is closed.  If you want a treat before then, go ask your father for it.


What is more natural than to see children at the circus, ladies and gentlemen.  The sideshow, perhaps not as commonplace.  Unless, of course, they are the attraction and not the patrons.

That is the case today.  Three stories involving childish things are at hand.  First, we are off to THE OLD TIRE SWING where it is said to be haunted.  How childish is that?  Second, we find out what ghoulish things are afoot when it is a BUYER’S MARKET.  Finally, where are all the parents at the PIÑATA PARTY?  Best not to ask.  You don’t want to know.

More cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and perhaps an ice cream cone?  The circus is filled with delicious treats.  One would think it was catering to the kid.  At least the kid in all of us.  Come back again next time and get your fill.