horror stories

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Society has placed parameters in which citizens may operate freely.  When deviation occurs outside of those guardrails, the offender needs to be corrected, contained, or executed if, that is, they are caught.  Charlie Barker examines this aspect of the human condition in his Sideshow of the Surreal today.

First, a hopeful gang pledge has one last obstacle before he can call himself a member.  It’s time for his INITIATION.  Next, it’s a horrendous case of mistaken identity in EL TEMIDO.  Finally, every prison has to have a place to exercise in an effort to keep the inmates complacent.  However, sometimes THE YARD becomes just another war zone.

Come again next time the flaps open.  You don’t want to leave ole Char without an audience, now, would you? That would be downright criminal.

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

All good things must come to an end, ladies and gentlemen.  CreepyGram and the Mourning Show examines this eventuality in a trio of totally true tales today.  Stories that show how the civilization of man crumbles like a sandcastle at high tide.  As they say, life’s a beach.

There are many ways the world may end.  First on that list is the porcine apocalypse.  Yes, it’s all reflected IN A PIG’S EYE.  Zombies have long been the culprit on the way things go down.  But what if it isn’t just the rising undead but an unhealthy dependence on technology that contributes to the end of times?  Find out how that looks in OPERATION RAZOR WIRE.  Thirdly, another implausible force of finality.  Light and fluffy FOAM takes over.  No, it ain’t those scrubbing bubbles.  This is something worse.

Charlie Barker will return next time.  Assuming, of course, that the world doesn’t end before then.  If it doesn’t, please come back to the Circus of the Unknown.

IN THE GOOD OLE SUMMERTIME

The days are long and the nights are short.  What a perfect time of the year to attend the circus.  Even the sideshow provides a brief reprieve from the blaring sun.

The summer also offers tales fit for the sunny season.  Three of them are on display for you now.  First, a hazard that occurs naturally due to the heat and lack of adequate precipitation to produce a SUMMER WILDFIRE. Don’t get burnt! Next, it also sounds like a naturally occurring phenomenon, but actually it’s the name of a roller coaster called THE HURRICANE.  Those things are scary for a reason.  Finally, it’s a little summertime kids game to be played at night.  It’s FLASHLIGHT TAG and you’re it!

It’s going to get hotter before it cools down any, friends.  Just take solace in the fact that the circus won’t be pulling up stakes anytime soon.  Seen you in the sideshow again, soon.

SO TRAGIC

What happened to old Char was tragic, wasn’t it?  Getting all burned up to a crispy skeleton.  Then, to have to work in the very sideshow that he lost his life relating tales of the surreal and supernatural for always and forever.  Hardly seems fair.  Charlie Barker ain’t one to complain, though.  Truth is, he just ain’t got the guts.

This time around, it’s three tales of tragic consequence in the sideshow.  First, it’s the story of an innocent little girl and her harpy of a mother in WHAT A LITTLE DOLL.  The second sad story is THE TRAGIC TALE OF THE WATER BABIES’ REVENGE.  This is the real-life account from our “States of Fear” sub-series.  Nevada is the locale and this one is tragic.  Thirdly, when something bad happens you can be sure IT’LL COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU.  Tread lightly, my friends.

This makes it up to the halfway point.  July starts next time and it is all downhill for the rest of the year.  Join us then, won’t you?