Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will keep the Circus of the Unknown from opening, ladies and gentlemen.  And if the circus is open, you can bet the Sideshow of the Surreal will also be in full swing.  Weather be damned.

Coincidentally, that is just what old Char wants to talk about today.  Tales involving strange and unusual weather.  First, you ever heard of Strasburg?  No?  That’s okay, not many have.  Not since the night the fog came and everything got SWALLOWED UP.  What’s that?  Did you hear it?  I think it was Auntie Em warning us about something.  Probably nothing to worry about.  We have to finish the errands and pick up our pictures at THE PHOTO HUT.  Then, it’s under cover of the AUTUMN RAINS.  Nocturnal creatures get a rare chance to hunt during daylight hours when masked by thunderclouds.

Ahh, the sun is coming out again.  The clouds are dissipating and things look much brighter.  Blast it all.  Come back next time and maybe we can find a few clouds in those silver linings.


It’s only fair, ladies and gentlemen.  The ladies had their day.  Now, the boys get a turn in the trio of totally true terror tales.  Time to get a little rough and tumble.  The boys are back in town.  The sideshow is filled with them today.  We did have to separate the men from the boys, though.  The shocker was that the boys won!

First, a HAPPY BOY with a ubiquitous smile has a devil of a time getting his mother’s attention.  Almost nothing works.  Almost.  Next, wait until your father gets home and there will be hell to pay.  But where does fault lie when you place BLAME IN A BOTTLE.  Lastly, we meet THE STRANGE KID.  He’s a little weird, but probably harmless.  Best not turn your back on him just in case.

Next time in the circus, we turn our gaze to the skies.  No, it’s not little green men.  There are dark storm clouds looming on the horizon.  Fear not, there is shelter of sorts from the storm in the sideshow.  The flap will be open, waiting for you to enter.


Oh, the games people play!  Charlie has a brand new console system he is dying to share with you.  It’s time to plug in and check out.  Video games are on the agenda for this time around.

First up, it’s a game in development.  Better watch out when it gets the full release, though.  That’s not until after BETA TESTERS WANTED.  Next, play the latest HACK AND SLASH game before it plays you.  Third, it’s another type of game.  Reality gets skewed when it is time for the WICKED GAME.  Spoiler alert – you only get one life.

Just don’t forget that the actual world awaits outside of the virtual.  Time to power down and look around.  The circus is closing.  For now.


There is a great misconception that states after you are dead and buried, that’s the end of it.  Charlie Barker should be enough evidence that this isn’t always the case.  But, for the incurable skeptics out there, he has a few more points of example for you.

Two roommates at a boarding school talk over past mistakes in I NEED A RIDE.  Let’s hope that their transgressions were limited to life and not the afterlife.  Then, a young girl living with her uncle wonders if his anger and frustration in life carried over into the next existence in FIT TO BE TIED.  The third undead tale is derived from a popular ditty from all the way down under in Australizomba.  Find out the meaning behind the  song of WALTZING MATHILDA.  The outback just got a little more scary.

Things got a little dead today at the circus, my friends.  Maybe you should head out and return next time when it can be a bit more lively for you.  We may even play some games.