HOLIDAZED

IN THE GOOD OLE SUMMERTIME

The days are long and the nights are short.  What a perfect time of the year to attend the circus.  Even the sideshow provides a brief reprieve from the blaring sun.

The summer also offers tales fit for the sunny season.  Three of them are on display for you now.  First, a hazard that occurs naturally due to the heat and lack of adequate precipitation to produce a SUMMER WILDFIRE. Don’t get burnt! Next, it also sounds like a naturally occurring phenomenon, but actually it’s the name of a roller coaster called THE HURRICANE.  Those things are scary for a reason.  Finally, it’s a little summertime kids game to be played at night.  It’s FLASHLIGHT TAG and you’re it!

It’s going to get hotter before it cools down any, friends.  Just take solace in the fact that the circus won’t be pulling up stakes anytime soon.  Seen you in the sideshow again, soon.

FATHERLY FRIGHTS

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.

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY

It’s that time of year when we remember those who have moved on, folks.  And, with any luck, they are left behind a legacy in which we can remember them.  Charlie has three such tales today.

TRIBUTE OF THE JENNY LEE tells us about a flying fighter than haunts the unfriendly skies.  Then, who could forget the Frankenstein legacy?  Here is a snippet of that setting, told from a different perspective than usual in a MOMENTARY DISTRACTION.  Our third tale of remembrance comes when two boys are a day late AND A DOLLAR SHORT.

Through the snapshots of memory, the departed are not lost.  Keep them in mind.  Also, keep Charlie in mind, too.  He’ll save a spot on the bench in the sideshow for you.  Just don’t ask him to keep it warm.  Skeleton’s don’t have body heat.  That would be mean of you.

M IS FOR THE MANY THINGS

Everyone has a mother, ladies and gentlemen.  Even Charlie Barker was born from a woman at one point.  When he was alive, anyway.

Today’s tales are all about that maternal caregiver or lack thereof.  Dear old mom.  First, we delve into the story of a mother who really gives all over herself in ALL FOR THE TAKING.  Next, a lonely single mother tries to keep up with her teenage son in CHECKING IN.  The last tale is about a mother of a different sort in THE GRAVE MOTHER.  It’s a chilling tale of a daughter and her mother’s tombstone…or her mother the tombstone?

If nothing else, perhaps these stories will help you to appreciate your own mother a bit.  You may even want to bring her to the sideshow next time.  In any case, Charlie Barker will see you next time in the sideshow of the surreal.