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LEGEND HAS IT

There are legends born of adversity, ladies and gentlemen.  Out of fearful accounts and tearful remembrance.  Legends are seldom given rise through triumph.

Three such tales are presented today, two of which are under the “States of Fear” sub-series of stories.  The first story, however, is a horror story set amongst the seas.  Or at least, a village on the port of a tumultuous ocean.  It’s called ANY PORT IN A STORM.  Next, we visit Rising Sun in Maryland.  Here, we learn of the hideous legend of the WRATH OF THE PIG WOMAN.  Finally, we set foot on the path of an infamous real-life witch where we ask the question WHERE DID YOU BURY ME?  Hampton, New Hampshire is the locale for this legend.

That about does it for February, friends.  Come back early next month for three more terrifying tales.  The circus will be open.

FEARFUL FOLKLORIC FIGURES

Hello again, fateful travelers.  The sideshow tent is open, once again.  This time, Char spins all of his yarns in the “States of Fear” series of tales.  These are local myths and legends from each state in America.

The first stop in our voyage of the vanguard is in North Carolina along the coastline.  Here you will see a ghostly specter who foretells disaster in TAKE HEED OF THE GRAY MAN.  Massachusetts is where we hear about THE UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCE OF THE DOVER DEMON.  Then, it is off to Virginia where we leave you HANGING FROM THE BUNNY MAN BRIDGE.  Each of these locales has its own legendary figure you’ll get to meet…once.

If you’re still around next week, we’ll meet some more legends.  They would love to meat, errr meet, you.  Please return when the circus is back in town.

OLD WEST ANGST

Giddyup, partner.  This week, Charlie Barker sends us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear.  To the times when the lawless frontier ran amok.  Back to the days when the west was truly wild.

The first tale in the trio is called A MITE PECKISH.  It’s about a lonely, dusty dried up old town where the local watering hole is just the only place to congregate.  It also draws in someone who just may not be there for the company or the drinks.  In FEVER DREAMS, a young boy has a strange connection to a girl in frontier America.  One that may not be so healthy.  Thirdly, it’s a true story about an old west bandit who became more of a legend after he died than while he was alive.  It is part of the “States of Fear” sub-series and takes place in Oklahoma.  It is entitled WANTED DEAD, NOT ALIVE.

On Thursday, we will return to the 21st century (for the most part) as we examine some famous myths and legends.  All three will be part of the “States of Fear” and feature totally true tales of local lore.  Join Char in the Circus of the Unknown.

DEAD OF NIGHT

Under cloak of night, creatures come out to feed.  Stay close to the tent or you may fall prey to such monsters.  The sideshow offers refuge for lost travelers of the night.

This time around, Char tells of nocturnal creatures and legends.  First is the tale of a Chinese vampire legend.  A creature that has its own set of powers and limitations makes its mark in Chinatown in the story NIGHT OF THE JIANGSHI.  Second, we have a ghost train legend in THE WRECK OF THE RIVERMOUTH EXPRESS.  Last up is the short horror story SPRING-HEELED JACK AND SON, where you get two legends for the price of one.

The daylight is mere hours away.  If you can make it that long, you might as well come back next week for three more tales in the tent.  Char will be there either way.  Why not keep him company?