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CURSES, FOILED AGAIN!

Char is no stranger to curses.  What else would explain the way his sideshow went up in flames and trapped him inside?  Luckily, he is somewhat of a curse himself as his apparition continues to appear to tell terrifying tales.

Take, for example, the three horror stories today.  All deal with curses of their own.  First, an artist passes a curse along to his patrons in STILL LIFE AND DEATH.  Secondly, in the days when tuberculosis was incurable, a couple of men hit it big in business.  One of them, however, just wants to succeed on his own in THE GRAVESTONE CUTTER’S APPRENTICE.  And then, a woman just wants some peace and solitude in her THE CLAWFOOT BATHTUB, but keeps seeing visions of murder every time she tries to soak in the suds.

Thank you for continuing to come through the flaps of the sideshow.  Charlie Barker appreciates it.  He keeps a treasure trove of tales just for you.  Come again.

POST APOCALYPSO

It’s the end of the world as we know it.  Charlie Barker examines what could be or will be in three tales of the end of times.  The apocalypse arrives at the circus today.  What happens in the post apocalyptic nightmare that follows?

In THE BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH EVENT, a subterranean baseball player warms up to pitch as the world unravels.  Next,  THE POST-APOCALYPTIC PSYCHIATRIST offers to help a young woman who fears the end of the world.  Finally, it’s a great BIRTHDAY SURPRISE as the last man on earth gets a birthday balloon bouquet.  Now, who was left to send it?

If we’re still around on Thursday, come back to visit the sideshow yet again.  Char has some more he want to show you in the Circus of the Unknown.  Or don’t.  It’s not like the world is going to end if you don’t.  Or will it?

SIDELINED SHADOWS

It’s that familiar time of year where sports are in the air.  The chant of the crowd and the shadows of rodents predict the weather are prudent.  Charlie Barker is a fan.

In GROUNDHOG DAVE, a horrifying amalgamation of groundhog hides serves to protect a small western town.  Next, the perfect football tailgate treat is sought after.  No, the usual buffalo wings and cocktail weenies won’t do.  This time, we need SOMETHING EXOTIC.  Up third is a unique SPECTATOR SPORT, as we examine cultures long gone and gruesome practices best left forgotten.

The whistle is blown; the flag has been thrown.  The rules have been broken.  Now you atone.

FAMILY MATTERS

There’s a family discount at the circus today.  Charlie Barker has deemed today “family day” at the sideshow.  Bring in your loved ones for an extra special treat.

All the tales today involve family members in one fashion or another.  The story SINS OF THE FATHER show that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  In THE GUEST ROOM, a monster known as the Manglecraw is part of a family’s hidden legacy.  Finally, sit down for the FAMILY MEAL, where good conversation seems to be a lost art.

Remember folks, you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family.  You are stuck with them.  Please, consider Charlie Barker as one of the family.