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GRAVE MATTERS

The Circus of the Unknown is open yet again.  Charlie Barker is manning the Sideshow of the Surreal.  Come in, he has some real estate deals to discuss with you. Char guarantees that this is the last real estate you will ever need.  Your final resting place.  A plot of land, or perhaps an urn, for you to rest eternal.  This episode is all about graves.

The first place of rest is one of the “States of Fear” sub-series.  It’s off to Brazil, Indiana, where we visit THE 100 STEP CEMETERY.  Just be careful how you step or it could result in tragedy. Next, we head over to the Fitzgerald family crypt as we go WALKING OVER YOUR GRAVE.  Lastly, what is he digging out there?  Could it be?  Just keep an eye on THE MAN IN THE STOVEPIPE HAT.

Now, if you’re ready, just sign on the dotted line because this deal is too good to last.  This cemetery is very popular, so you had better hurry.  In fact, it is so popular that people are dying to get in here.

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.

MUSIC HATH CHARMS

Being a carny, Charlie Barker has an affinity for the calliope.  Yet, he can still appreciate different forms of musical expression.  Today, there are three tunes he would like to share.

The first little number is about a single mother and her young daughter who rely on a LULLABY to keep the monsters away.  Let’s hope it works.  Next, it’s the tale of THE TELL-TALE JUKEBOX.  It’s the same old song and dance about a murderous bartender haunted by the ghost of his victim – well the ghost’s favorite song on the jukebox, anyway.  The last composition is called THE YOUNG SNAKE-HANDLER about a girl who charms the slithery beasts through music.

That’s all you get.  Three tunes.  If you want more, you’ll have to come back again next time.

IT’S ONLY SUPERNATURAL

The unexpected is often unexplainable.  This week, Charlie Barker takes on three such tales.  Tales that can only be described as supernatural in origin.

First, it’s off to Italy where a man is inadvertently caught up in a funeral procession during THE WEE MOURNING HOURS.  Secondly, a new father comes home to hear something other than his new child through the BABY MONITOR.  The last tale of the unusual is on a Native American reservation.  Those kooky old skinwalkers are at it again in SHAPESHIFTER.

By comparison, the supernatural shows us the borders of the natural.  It is only by crossing that threshold that we can witness mortality and beyond.  Come back to the sideshow again to see where those lines are drawn.