Podcast

FIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

There are always those in power over us, and usually there are those we have power over.  This means that you should always have an understanding of what it feels like to be subjugated. It ain’t much fun.  Come in and tell Char all about it.  He’s all ears.  Well, he’s all bones – but he is willing to listen nonetheless.

What the sideshow brings for us today is a look at three times that there were fiends in positions of power over their subjects.  Whether for bad or for worse, the outcome is usually dire.  In RAIDING PARTY, two brothers who thought they were miles away from anyone discover that they are the intruders.  Next, the restroom in the Japanese hibachi may be CLOSED FOR REPAIRS, but the horrifying monster within is open for business.  Last up, it’s time to RETURN TO NORLEY MANOR to settle a little unfinished business.

There is one great thing about the Circus of the Unknown.  There are no social castes or classes to overcome.  All are welcome in the sideshow.

¡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.

THAT’S JUST BEASTLY

Happy May Day!  We’re smack dab in the middle of spring, folks.  It’s a good day to talk a walk in the flowers.  But don’t do that.  Head on over to the sideshow, instead.

The sideshow is packed with pickled punks, oddities, and of course – monsters.  Today, we look at three fantastic beasts.  Our first creepy creature is one that feeds off specially bred nocturnal livestock at the AFTER MIDNIGHT DAIRY.  Then, it’s all smoke and mirrors when a carnivorous fog begins to feed on flesh and hides in NOOKS AND CRANNIES.  Char tried to catch it, but he mist.  The final monster in the menagerie is from south of the border.  It’s a MEXICAN STANDOFF.  Just don’t feed it after midnight.  Or before then, for that matter.

Speaking of south of the border, that is just what Charlie Barker has in store for you next time.  A trio of tales with a Latin flavor.  Come back to el circo de lo desconocido.  Adios.

UNNATURAL DISASTERS

After the sideshow burned down, not many thought they would hear Charlie Barker with his fantastic tales anymore.  But he proved them wrong, coming back from the grave to do just that.  Disaster didn’t stop that show.

And tragic circumstance are what the show is all about today.  It begins with the tale of an elevator and is only GOING DOWN from there.  Secondly, what havoc can a river monster in North Dakota create?  Find out in THE LEGEND OF MINIWASHITU, RIVER MONSTER OF THE MISSOURI.  Part of the “States of Fear” sub-series.  And thirdly, find out why THE KINGDOM LOST.  Too bad for them.

But even a ghostly sideshow needs to take a break.  Come back next time for more from the alternate realities that inhabit the Circus of the Unknown.