horror stories

FIT TO KILL

There is a fascination with serial killers and murders in general, ladies and gentlemen.  These are just as much of an oddity in the sideshow as a two-headed calf or the fire-eater.  Charlie Barker will pull back the tent flaps so you can observe the freak of nature known as the homicidal maniac.

The first psycho on the list for today is the tenant in the DUPLEX.  He’s been renting both places out for years and the landlords just found out why.  There is also an AVID LISTENER, who loves a late night radio show.  Perhaps love isn’t the right word.  Last up, it’s KILLING TIME where a woman awaiting a train departure decides to kill a little time.  Let’s hope it’s just time, anyway.

Didn’t get enough death and destruction, folks?  There’s more, but we couldn’t fit it all into this show.  Come back on Thursday for more murder and mayhem.

M IS FOR THE MANY THINGS

Everyone has a mother, ladies and gentlemen.  Even Charlie Barker was born from a woman at one point.  When he was alive, anyway.

Today’s tales are all about that maternal caregiver or lack thereof.  Dear old mom.  First, we delve into the story of a mother who really gives all over herself in ALL FOR THE TAKING.  Next, a lonely single mother tries to keep up with her teenage son in CHECKING IN.  The last tale is about a mother of a different sort in THE GRAVE MOTHER.  It’s a chilling tale of a daughter and her mother’s tombstone…or her mother the tombstone?

If nothing else, perhaps these stories will help you to appreciate your own mother a bit.  You may even want to bring her to the sideshow next time.  In any case, Charlie Barker will see you next time in the sideshow of the surreal.

FIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

There are always those in power over us, and usually there are those we have power over.  This means that you should always have an understanding of what it feels like to be subjugated. It ain’t much fun.  Come in and tell Char all about it.  He’s all ears.  Well, he’s all bones – but he is willing to listen nonetheless.

What the sideshow brings for us today is a look at three times that there were fiends in positions of power over their subjects.  Whether for bad or for worse, the outcome is usually dire.  In RAIDING PARTY, two brothers who thought they were miles away from anyone discover that they are the intruders.  Next, the restroom in the Japanese hibachi may be CLOSED FOR REPAIRS, but the horrifying monster within is open for business.  Last up, it’s time to RETURN TO NORLEY MANOR to settle a little unfinished business.

There is one great thing about the Circus of the Unknown.  There are no social castes or classes to overcome.  All are welcome in the sideshow.

¡YA LO CARGO EL PAYASO!

Just in time for the Cinco de Mayo festival, the sideshow is ready for a fiesta.  This time, Charlie Barker has traded in his straw hat and cane for a sombrero and zarape to tell his stories from south of the border.  We’re going to Mexico!

For our first foray into the frightening fiesta, it’s the legend of THE HAIRY HAND, also known as La Mano Peluda.  Next, Charlie relates the tale of WINDOW DRESSING, which is sure to turn a few heads.  Lastly, it is another stop on our “States of Fear” all the way in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Here, we learn about LA MALA HORA.  This is the bad hour, where a highway wraith haunts lonely travelers.

After the fiesta, it’s time for a siesta.  G’nite until next time.  Now, close your eyes.