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GAME PLAY

Oh, the games people play!  Charlie has a brand new console system he is dying to share with you.  It’s time to plug in and check out.  Video games are on the agenda for this time around.

First up, it’s a game in development.  Better watch out when it gets the full release, though.  That’s not until after BETA TESTERS WANTED.  Next, play the latest HACK AND SLASH game before it plays you.  Third, it’s another type of game.  Reality gets skewed when it is time for the WICKED GAME.  Spoiler alert – you only get one life.

Just don’t forget that the actual world awaits outside of the virtual.  Time to power down and look around.  The circus is closing.  For now.

BACK FROM THE DEAD

There is a great misconception that states after you are dead and buried, that’s the end of it.  Charlie Barker should be enough evidence that this isn’t always the case.  But, for the incurable skeptics out there, he has a few more points of example for you.

Two roommates at a boarding school talk over past mistakes in I NEED A RIDE.  Let’s hope that their transgressions were limited to life and not the afterlife.  Then, a young girl living with her uncle wonders if his anger and frustration in life carried over into the next existence in FIT TO BE TIED.  The third undead tale is derived from a popular ditty from all the way down under in Australizomba.  Find out the meaning behind the  song of WALTZING MATHILDA.  The outback just got a little more scary.

Things got a little dead today at the circus, my friends.  Maybe you should head out and return next time when it can be a bit more lively for you.  We may even play some games.

CREATURE DISCOMFORT

The Sideshow of the Surreal has been turned into a petting zoo today, ladies and gentlemen.  There are all sorts of strange creatures in the menagerie.  Keep your fingers away from the cages.  These things bite.

First, it’s a true story from Wyoming as part of the “States of Fear” called THE SAN PEDRO MOUNTAIN MUMMY.  He (it?) is a cute little bugger, ain’t he (IT?!).  Next, it’s the tale of an abandoned warehouse that provides shelter to squatters as well as the thing that feeds on them.  Never wear the CROWN OF THE RAT KING if you can avoid it.  Thirdly, it’s a conundrum of a man who goes out of his way to please his party guests in HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TOP LAST YEAR?  Maybe he should have limited the guest list to humans.

Now, leave the cage closed and make your way out of the sideshow.  The animals need their sleep, too.  Come back next time for more creatures out of nightmare.

TWISTED ENDINGS

The sideshow tent was looking a little saggy today, so Charlie decided to cinch up those ropes and make it a bit more presentable.  Trouble is, Ole Char ain’t so good with knots.  He wound up twisting the twine.  So, why don’t make a theme of that?

Today’s tales are all about a twist at the end.  First, a gold digger finds that his new life as a wealthy business mogul is BY NO MEANS what he imagined.  Two college students prepare to head out for a night on the town, but it is far from THE SONG AND DANCE ROUTINE.  Then, it’s back (and over) to the French Revolution but what happens when LA GUILLOTINE SERA REFUSEE?

At last, it looks like Charlie has gotten the upper hand on those knots.  The Sideshow will be open next time, and the tent shouldn’t be so saggy by them.  Come back, only…please don’t pull any loose ends.