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CREATURE DISCOMFORT

The Sideshow of the Surreal has been turned into a petting zoo today, ladies and gentlemen.  There are all sorts of strange creatures in the menagerie.  Keep your fingers away from the cages.  These things bite.

First, it’s a true story from Wyoming as part of the “States of Fear” called THE SAN PEDRO MOUNTAIN MUMMY.  He (it?) is a cute little bugger, ain’t he (IT?!).  Next, it’s the tale of an abandoned warehouse that provides shelter to squatters as well as the thing that feeds on them.  Never wear the CROWN OF THE RAT KING if you can avoid it.  Thirdly, it’s a conundrum of a man who goes out of his way to please his party guests in HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TOP LAST YEAR?  Maybe he should have limited the guest list to humans.

Now, leave the cage closed and make your way out of the sideshow.  The animals need their sleep, too.  Come back next time for more creatures out of nightmare.

TWISTED ENDINGS

The sideshow tent was looking a little saggy today, so Charlie decided to cinch up those ropes and make it a bit more presentable.  Trouble is, Ole Char ain’t so good with knots.  He wound up twisting the twine.  So, why don’t make a theme of that?

Today’s tales are all about a twist at the end.  First, a gold digger finds that his new life as a wealthy business mogul is BY NO MEANS what he imagined.  Two college students prepare to head out for a night on the town, but it is far from THE SONG AND DANCE ROUTINE.  Then, it’s back (and over) to the French Revolution but what happens when LA GUILLOTINE SERA REFUSEE?

At last, it looks like Charlie has gotten the upper hand on those knots.  The Sideshow will be open next time, and the tent shouldn’t be so saggy by them.  Come back, only…please don’t pull any loose ends.

FEMME FATALE

Charlie Barker has an eye socket for the girls today, my friends.  It’s ladies day at the circus.  All women get in free.  Now, getting out…that’s another story.

Why should men have all the fun?  Murder and the macabre aren’t a man’s sole domain.  Case in point is THE GODDESS OF DEATH.  Next, the matriarchal head of a crime syndicate battles the undead trying to prove that you DON’T MESS WITH MAMA KESS.   And then, it’s a futuristic fable of a time when men are the endangered species.  Trouble is, female DESPOTS are running things now.

Next time, Sideshow of the Surreal showcases the unexpected as we wrap up August.  Please come back then.  That is, if you dare.

TECHNOBABBLE

Some say that the difference between man and animals is the ability to use tools.  That has been debunked, however, as many different types of creatures can adapt simple tools to suit their needs.  Perhaps, then, another differentiation would be technology.  Charlie puts that theory to the test in the sideshow today.

It’s all about the electronic gizmos that are touted to make life easier.  Sometimes, they may death more simple, too.  Take, for example, the strange case of THE SIMULATED REVOLUTION.  Do all those ones and zeroes equate to flesh and blood?  Secondly, it’s time to play THE TELEPHONE GAME.  When modern convention marries ancient sorcery, you know it’s a match made in Hell.  Lastly, it’s an unintentional homage to the late, great David Bowie in TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE.  Collateral damage with scientific experiments never sounded so good.

Usually, the tech is low at the sideshow.  Turn in next time as we trade in our circuits, capacitors, and resistors for mayhem of a different kind.