HOLIDAZED

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.

¡YA LO CARGO EL PAYASO!

Just in time for the Cinco de Mayo festival, the sideshow is ready for a fiesta.  This time, Charlie Barker has traded in his straw hat and cane for a sombrero and zarape to tell his stories from south of the border.  We’re going to Mexico!

For our first foray into the frightening fiesta, it’s the legend of THE HAIRY HAND, also known as La Mano Peluda.  Next, Charlie relates the tale of WINDOW DRESSING, which is sure to turn a few heads.  Lastly, it is another stop on our “States of Fear” all the way in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Here, we learn about LA MALA HORA.  This is the bad hour, where a highway wraith haunts lonely travelers.

After the fiesta, it’s time for a siesta.  G’nite until next time.  Now, close your eyes.

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.