Old Charlie Barker wanted to invite you into the sideshow tent this time again, but someone has sewn shut the flap.  It seems there is trickery in the air.  Must be the season.

We have to follow MONTWEAZEL’S JOURNEY TO PAPER TOWN to find out where to go from there.  If that didn’t help, we must figure out THE MYSTERY OF THE MONKEY CANDLE STICK HOLDER.  Failing that, just realize that it is APRIL FOOL’S and give up.  It’s all some kind of joke, isn’t it?

Sorry about all the funny business.  Next time, things will be different.  After all, we wouldn’t want to lose our favorite patron of the putrid and perverse.  Then, the joke would truly be on us.


Char is no stranger to curses.  What else would explain the way his sideshow went up in flames and trapped him inside?  Luckily, he is somewhat of a curse himself as his apparition continues to appear to tell terrifying tales.

Take, for example, the three horror stories today.  All deal with curses of their own.  First, an artist passes a curse along to his patrons in STILL LIFE AND DEATH.  Secondly, in the days when tuberculosis was incurable, a couple of men hit it big in business.  One of them, however, just wants to succeed on his own in THE GRAVESTONE CUTTER’S APPRENTICE.  And then, a woman just wants some peace and solitude in her THE CLAWFOOT BATHTUB, but keeps seeing visions of murder every time she tries to soak in the suds.

Thank you for continuing to come through the flaps of the sideshow.  Charlie Barker appreciates it.  He keeps a treasure trove of tales just for you.  Come again.


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.