Charlie Barker visits the bloodthirsty cutthroat world of business as the sideshow today.  It just sounded so…inviting for him.  Three absolutely true tales of terror from the corporate world are on the docket for this time.

The FOCUS GROUP is in full swing, but they always need new participants.  The old ones just seem to disappear.  Once you’ve got the process down, it’s time to put it to the FIELD TEST.  It’s a killer business model, to be sure.  Lastly, it’s sad when you don’t strike while the iron is hot.  Even worse when you are in THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.

The Circus of the Unknown is in the red, ladies and gentlemen.  But for a sideshow, that may not necessarily be a bad thing.  Join us again, won’t you?


The good thing about circuses is that they are mobile.  Tents are easy to move.  Be it by plane, train, or automobile.  And that is just what we plan to do today, my friends!

Travel by plane is good if you can get THE LAST FLIGHT OUT.  Maybe a trail would be better.  That is if you DON’T GET OFF TRACK.  Sad thing is, the freeway isn’t any better!  There seems to be an accident up ahead.  The RUBBERNECKER in all of us makes the slowdown unbearable.

I suppose travel isn’t always easy, is it?  Maybe we’ll just leave the circus here after all.  Charlie Barker will see you next time in his Sideshow of the Surreal.


The pages of storybook are opened in the sideshow today.  Charlie barker has some frightful fantasies to read you, straight from the realms of alternate reality so you know they are absolutely true.

What does every good following of Hansel and Gretel do when travelling through the deep, dark woods?  Why, they leave BREADCRUMBS, of course.  But where does that trail lead?  It just may be that you get lost anyway.  Such is the case when DEATH STOPS FOR DIRECTIONS.  Finally, it’s time for proper grooming.  Even monsters need to look their best.  It’s a good thing THE BARBERSHOP FROM HELL caters to their needs.

The storybook eventually closes for us all, my friends.  Yet the circus remains.  Come back again.  Charlie Barker will be waiting for you.


They tried to tell ole Charlie, but he didn’t listen.  Now, he is paying the price.  You just can’t feed every stray that wanders into the sideshow.  Not only do they come back, but they bring their friends.  Now, the Sideshow of the Surreal is overrun with cats!

And that little one is absolutely charming?  I love its large, blue single eye in the middle of its head.  Who couldn’t love THE CYCLOPS KITTEN?  Then, make sure you give a wide berth to THE CAT IN THE ROAD.  It looks like it has a secret.  A deadly one.  And then, it may be time for a WELL CHECK to be certain the hoarding of all these cats doesn’t adversely impact the quality of life (or death) of the caretaker.

How do you get rid of a thousand cats?  Cat-a-pult?  You’ve got to be kitten me!