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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.  

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

The circus is back and awaiting your patronage.  Don’t let ole Char down, now.  He is dying to tell you three more frightful flash fiction pieces.  Well, perhaps dying isn’t the right word.  He’s already done that.

This time, the sideshow offers you a sample of Satanic stories.  In A DATE WITH THE DEVIL, a young woman conjures up the devil himself.  Another lesson from Lucifer occurs when a Colonial village tries to capture the evil one in THE DUE OWED OLE SLEW FOOT.  Finally, we go all the way to Mississippi for the real life legend of ROBERT JOHNSON’S BARTER.  It’s a tale where a young untalented man found fame and misfortune by selling his soul to the devil.  This is another “State of Fear” in our series within a series.

We hope you didn’t go to blazes, despite the theme of today’s shows.  Charlie Barker couldn’t have that.  How would you come back next month?

CHANGE FOR THE WORSE

Sometimes, things go from bad to worse.  Such is the case today in our voyage of the vanguard.  Charlie Barker knows this all too well.  Allow him to tell you three examples.

The first horror story is called SPARE CHANGE.  It is about a disgruntled candy store clerk who gets a very special customer just after closing time.  The LAW OF SALVAGE applied when a ship and diving crew try to exploit sunken treasure.  Lastly, it is another “State of Fear” legend, which is our ongoing tales from each state in the good ole USA.  This one takes place off the coast of Rhode Island aboard a haunted sea vessel in HELL FIRE OF THE PALATINE.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, or the candy store, these tales will warn otherwise.  Next Thursday the journey begins anew with three more short stories sure to send shivers down your spine.  Now, who could resist that offer?