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UNLIKELY ALLIES

Sometimes, the enemy of your enemy is your greatest ally.  Today, in the Circus of the Unknown, Charlie Barker explores that concept.  So, bring your enemy’s enemy and come to the sideshow.

First, it’s the tale of a husband and wife and that all-too-familiar rattle of the door late at night.  Find out what happens when THERE’S SOMEONE IN THE HOUSE.  Next, cattle ranchers in the midst of a range war face a common enemy – one that is eating their cows.  It’s bound to cause a CONFLICT AT BADGER FLATS.  Next, it’s off to the Russian city of Pryachetsya where a series of mysterious deaths have occurred.  Local legends of the region may have an answer, but it will require the Russian State Security Committee to suspend their disbelief in the supernatural. Find out about the MATRYOSHKA (Russian nesting dolls in English).

The trouble with have an enemy as an ally is that once the common threat is eliminated, things tend to go south from there.  I’m sure you’re fine, though.  If you are still around next time the Circus is open, please feel free to visit the Sideshow.

THAT’S NEWS TO ME

All the news that’s fit to print is just perfect to line birdcages and wrap fish.  Charlie Barker takes aim at the press today in the trilogy of terror known as CreepyGram and the Mourning Show.  The media takes center stage in the Circus of the Unknown.

The first tale of the printed perverse is about THE LAST PIECE OF JUNK MAIL EVER.  You would think that the apocalypse would have stopped the purveyance of particularization.  Secondly, it’s GOLDEN YELLOW JOURNALISM about a personalized digital assistant relating the daily events in the not-too-distant-future.  Then, THE TATTLER is a gossip tabloid in a university with some morbid headlines.  Let’s hope there’s no cutting class.

The Sideshow of the Surreal will be back next time.  Until then, enjoy a good newspaper.  They are perfect for making pirate hats or paper boats.  You can even carve pumpkins on them really well.  Just don’t read too much into them.

PAR FOR THE CORPSE

Last week, Charlie talked about graves and grave matters.  This is all fine and good, but there is a prerequisite to being buried in the final resting place.  You have to be dead. This episode is all about those cadaverous corpses.  Charlie puts the toe tag on three tales in the morgue of the macabre.

The first corpse on the slab is about a real life dumping ground for murder victims.  It’s THE UNMARKED GRAVEYARD.  Just hope you aren’t interned there.  Next, a philanthropist BENEFACTOR has bequeathed his fortune to charity after his death.  But what if there isn’t any body to take care of it.  Then, it’s off to military training where real corpses are used to test ballistic impacts on people.  The ghoulish aftermath is JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES.

Aspiration is a wonderful trait, but it can lead to disappointment.  Fear not, though.  The one stage we can all reach is death.  It’s the only race that we want to come in last, though.

ALL FALL DOWN

Leaves are falling all around, It’s time I was on my way. Thanks to you I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay. But now it’s time for me to go; the autumn moon lights my way. For now I smell the rain and with it pain and it’s headed my way.  Charlie Barker talks about the winds of change today.  The seasonal shift to autumn and tales uniquely suited to that period.

The first fall tale is about a crazed hermit in the deep forest known as BACKWOODS LARRY.  The tales of cannibalism and horror can’t be all true, can they?  Next, beware when the moon is high and the MARCH WINDS blow.  There is evil in the air.  Finally, you really need to worry WHEN THE LEAVES FALL because of what that heralds.  It can’t be good.

All signs point to the death of summer and the lingering cold of autumn.  Winter can’t be too far off, but for now there is time to run.  It’s time to ramble on, my friends.  Make haste back to your modest hovels until the circus provides a temporary reprieve from the cold, biting winds.