This is the end.  My only friend, the end.  The circus packs up and hits the road today.  Time for one final trio of totally true tales of terror.

What happens after Christmas and before New Year’s Eve?  Why, Boxing Day, of course!  What happens when the dead rise?  Why, UNBOXING DAY, of course!  Then, it’s time to set up for the end of the year party with that sparkly MIRROR BALL.  After that, there is nothing left but THE COUNTDOWN until that ball drops.

Thank you, my friends, for your patronage to the Sideshow of the Surreal.  Charlie Barker tips his hat to you, one final time.  Goodbye.


Thanksgiving is here at the Sideshow of the Surreal, my friends.  Charlie has put out the fine China and set the table in fashion with the season.  Come, dine…

The first course is an examination of one’s status in I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE.  Then, shopping is upon us once again with THE BLACKEST FRIDAY.  Then, it’s a creepy old house that’s just come on the market in UNREAL ESTATE.

Loosen the belt and sit back.  Things only go downhill from here.  It’s just a slippery slope until the end of the year is upon us.  Don’t worry, though, Charlie plans on keeping the sideshow open during the holidays.


This week, Charlie Barker takes the debatable position that CreepyPasta is a relatively new literary form.  Charlie examines three tales in the style of CreepyPasta legends that were plucked right out of the realm of the unknown.  They are, of course, absolutely true – at least in one of the infinite alternate realities.

How do you address a haunted colonial stockade that cannot be destroyed?  Why, you ship it off to the west coast and wish them all the best in BITTER PILLORY TO SWALLOW.  Next, it is a terrifying figure of a different sort.  One hand drawn on concrete.  Too bad the CHALKMAN didn’t stay on the sidewalk where he belonged.  Then, it is the legend of a woman who tragically lost her life (and a little more above the neck) in THE FLOATING HEAD OF LUCY TASH.

Thanks again for your support of the surreal and supernatural.  Your face is always welcome in this establishment.  Your face and any other body parts you wish to contribute.


The circus is back and awaiting your patronage.  Don’t let ole Char down, now.  He is dying to tell you three more frightful flash fiction pieces.  Well, perhaps dying isn’t the right word.  He’s already done that.

This time, the sideshow offers you a sample of Satanic stories.  In A DATE WITH THE DEVIL, a young woman conjures up the devil himself.  Another lesson from Lucifer occurs when a Colonial village tries to capture the evil one in THE DUE OWED OLE SLEW FOOT.  Finally, we go all the way to Mississippi for the real life legend of ROBERT JOHNSON’S BARTER.  It’s a tale where a young untalented man found fame and misfortune by selling his soul to the devil.  This is another “State of Fear” in our series within a series.

We hope you didn’t go to blazes, despite the theme of today’s shows.  Charlie Barker couldn’t have that.  How would you come back next month?