Charlie Barker trades in his straw hat for a soldier’s helmet today for the Sideshow of the Surreal.  Lines are draw and the battlefront is all around.  Keep your head down it you may be shot at!

In a dystopian conflict in the all too familiar not too distant future, it really stinks to be BEHIND ENEMY LINES.  What is even more tragic is THE HOPELESS WAR.  But there is always R&R if you can get leave.  Spend it at THE TAVERN AT FOREVER’S EDGE.  The bartender is out of this world.

Three tales from the south take over the Circus of the Unknown next time.  Join us then and until then, keep your head down.


There’s trickery and Tom-Foolery and other shenanigans in the sideshow today.  Tricks abound, but listen – take heed and don’t fall for it.  Charlie will try and steer you clear of such nonsense by way of tales of warning.  Three paths to avoid, if you will.

The first tale is about a guy who keeps scratching his head and is sure he has been through all this before.  It’s a strange tale of how SYSTEM CONSTRAINTS shaped his reality.  Then, we drive over to White Bluff, Tennessee, for a look at a local legend in our “States of Fear” sub-series.  Close your ears, though, or you might hear THE WHITE SCREAMER OF TENNESSEE.  Lastly, it’s the futuristic tale of what happens when the time changes and we FALL BACK out of Daylight Saving.

Now that we’ve made it all the way to Tennessee in our States of Fear, it’s time to get back in the car and head west for next time.  See you then.


It’s science fiction in the Sideshow of the Surreal today.  Charlie Barker has three tales from beyond tomorrow.  Strap on your jetpack and try to keep up.

What is up with such A DYSPHORIC DESTINY, anyway?  Seems like surviving the apocalypse would be a good thing, right?  Then, it’s a strategic invasion right out of the pages of Ed Wood when aliens use the dead to try and take over the world in SCRATCH AND DENT.  Then, it’s off to a distant galaxy where we can all be WORKING ON MY TAN.  

Next time, we’re earthbound once again.  In fact, we’re hitting the road with Charlie behind the wheel for more stories from the States of Fear sub-series.


Hey, I’m so glad you’re back.  So nice of you to come “hang” with Charlie.  There is always a spare noose or two strung along somewhere.

Hanging from the sideshow today are three tales where those involved figure out that they have been given just enough rope to hang themselves.  But will they figure it out in time or will that judgment be “suspended”.  First up, it’s an out of this world tale set amongst the stars.  More accurately, in the asteroid belt on VIRGIL’S ROCK.  Secondly, we’re off to Minneapolis, Minnesota as part of the “States of Fear”.  THE SOAP FACTORY promises to send shivers down your spine.  Lastly, it’s time to find out just how we fix the potholes on the way to damnation in PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.  

Come back next time as we hit a trio of tales on the road.  Yes, our “States of Fear” subseries dominates the sideshow.  Pack lightly.  It’s a one-way trip!