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Some of the less scrupulous characters take the stage today.  Char relates three tales where the actions taken are somewhat questionable in nature.  These aren’t role models, kids.

Another “State of Fear” is the first story today, returning to the theme of one local myth or legend from each of the United States of America.  This one from Pennsylvania.  LOW TIDE AT MONUMENT CEMETERY shows us how old abandoned cemeteries may sometimes come back to haunt those who forget.  In NEON MOON, a lovelorn patron of a run-down saloon pines over what may have been, never knowing the object of his affection is less than six feet away.  Well, six feet under, anyway.  Finally, LOU CARLCOLH relates the first hand experience of a monstrous French legend.  One that craves human flesh.

The winds have changed.  For now.  Come back when they are right again.  The circus will return then.



Char is sure glad you returned to his sideshow of the surreal.  This time around, we are giving you fair warning in three fables plucked from the bowels of alternate reality.  Tales that will give you an example of what not to do.

Another “State of Fear” is first on the list.  We visit South Carolina today as we warn you DON’T LET THE BOO HAG RIDE YA.  Then it’s an out of this world tale that tells us not to attempt to deny fate in JONAH’S LAMENT.  Lastly, two young children discover that THINGS WOULD BE DIFFERENT once they figure out just what happened to them.

Thursday awaits when the circus returns.  Charlie Barker will be touting his usual fare.  Make sure you’re there.


Welcome back to the Circus of the Unknown.  The sideshow awaits, hosted by the amicable (but not inflammable) Charlie Barker.  Three more sojourns into the superstition are on the agenda for today.

This time around, we see what happens when intent goes by the wayside due to fate’s favor.  Fishing on a frozen lake alone in the storm?  What could go wrong?  Find out in ICE FISHING.  A woman falls in love with a photograph with unforeseen consequences in A THOUSAND WORDS.  Also, twin girls are left with their AUNT BECKY as their parents plan to work out some issues.

The circus is out of town until next week.  Join us then next Tuesday for three more journeys through insanity, terror, and the unexpected.  Bring a friend.  There’s always room for one more.



The blustery wind and frigid temperatures aren’t likely to go away anytime soon.  There is warmth in the fiery tent of the sideshow, however.  Charlie Barker is there with some tales to warm your bones, as well.

Of the tales to be told fireside today, Char throws out one about the SELBYVILLE SWAMP MONSTER.  This is part of the “States of Fear” collection, featuring a local legend from every state in the American nation, starting out that journey in Delaware.  The next story is about three young boys about to discover the horror that awaits them outside in the snow in SNOW JOB.  The final tale this time around is about a couple of men trying to hunt a werewolf in A LONG NIGHT’S WAIT.

Please return again on Thursday.  At that point, the circus will be back in town.  Charlie Barker would love to host you for more frightening fables.