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We’re heading out to the wild west in our States of Fear subseries as part of the sideshow, folks.  But not the old west, but the contemporary western states of Idaho, Arizona, and even sunny California.  Charlie will be your tour guide to the bizarre and unfathomable.

First off is a totally true tale of an unclassifiable monster thus far eluding scientific explanation.  It’s the THE ELUSIVE SHUNKA WARAK’IN and it’s got teeth and claws.  Scary.  Next, it’s a tale of real treasure in the desert called CURSE OF THE LOST DUTCHMAN.  People are dying to find the gold…literally.  Hollywood has been the draw for many a rising star, and a few who fell just shy of that.  Or plummeted off the Hollywood sign and then is trapped to haunt the hills as is PEG’S PROBLEM.  

It’s time to head back to the sideshow next time, folks.  Or a slightly science-fiction themed sideshow, anyway.  Bring your temporal devices and meet back here at the time we talked about tomorrow.


There’s trickery and Tom-Foolery and other shenanigans in the sideshow today.  Tricks abound, but listen – take heed and don’t fall for it.  Charlie will try and steer you clear of such nonsense by way of tales of warning.  Three paths to avoid, if you will.

The first tale is about a guy who keeps scratching his head and is sure he has been through all this before.  It’s a strange tale of how SYSTEM CONSTRAINTS shaped his reality.  Then, we drive over to White Bluff, Tennessee, for a look at a local legend in our “States of Fear” sub-series.  Close your ears, though, or you might hear THE WHITE SCREAMER OF TENNESSEE.  Lastly, it’s the futuristic tale of what happens when the time changes and we FALL BACK out of Daylight Saving.

Now that we’ve made it all the way to Tennessee in our States of Fear, it’s time to get back in the car and head west for next time.  See you then.


The autumn moon lights the sky, casting shadows over the circus.  Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and spooks of all sorts and sizes gather for the season.  It’s the Halloween exhibit at the Sideshow of the Surreal.

Charlie Barker tells the tale of the silent watcher in the cornfields.  It’s the tale of PATIENT VICTOR.  Next, it is a story set in a school house.  It’s an innocuous little activity perfect for the season.  Grab your knife for THE PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST.  Then, it’s a little Halloween rhyme that’s overdue for a sequel.  It’s the less-than-harmless outcome of FIVE SPOOKY SKELETONS or WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS?  

The chill of fall hangs in the air past October, my friends.  Return to the Circus of the Unknown where Charlie will tell tales of the season.


It would be as plain as the nose on Charlie’s face, if he had one still.  The destination is the flatlands of America.  The plains states on our tour of the good ole U.S.A.

Nebraska is the first stop on our Sub-series in the States of Fear.  Here we visit HATCHET HOUSE where the name speaks for itself.  Secondly, We drive on to Kansas where we experience THE HAUNTING OF FORT LEAVENWORTH.  Then, it’s south to Texas where we encounter THE BLACK-EYED CHILDREN OF ABILENE.  Relax.  I’m sure they’re harmless.

Next up at the circus is a very-special episode.  It’s near Halloween, folks.  It’s about time Charlie Barker scared the pants off of you.  Come back, if you dare.