states of fear

SOME SACRIFICES HAVE TO BE MADE

What dark gods await appeasement through blood sacrifices, ladies and gentlemen?  Charlie Barker knows a few.  He’ll tell you all about three of them today.

When a betrothed couple have a picnic, they will wish they never stumbled across THE CLEARING IN THE WOODS.  Then, it’s off to Billings, Montana, as part of our “States of Fear” road trip.  Here, you will hear the real life account of the sacrifice made by the Apsáalooke tribe (also known as the Crow Native Americans).  It’s time for a BIG LEAP INTO BIG SKY.  Then, we try to make out what is going on BY THE LIGHT OF THE HONEY MOON.  It’s a bed and breakfast situated in a cozy little spot just this side of hell.

The sideshow has hit capacity, my friends.  This is not a bad thing.  It just means that we have to turn patrons away until next time.  Please, come back again.  It’s no sacrifice to do so.

¡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.

UNNATURAL DISASTERS

After the sideshow burned down, not many thought they would hear Charlie Barker with his fantastic tales anymore.  But he proved them wrong, coming back from the grave to do just that.  Disaster didn’t stop that show.

And tragic circumstance are what the show is all about today.  It begins with the tale of an elevator and is only GOING DOWN from there.  Secondly, what havoc can a river monster in North Dakota create?  Find out in THE LEGEND OF MINIWASHITU, RIVER MONSTER OF THE MISSOURI.  Part of the “States of Fear” sub-series.  And thirdly, find out why THE KINGDOM LOST.  Too bad for them.

But even a ghostly sideshow needs to take a break.  Come back next time for more from the alternate realities that inhabit the Circus of the Unknown.

FEARSOME FABLES

Welcome back, guests of the gruesome.  The sideshow awaits, this time with a trio of fearsome fables.  The flaps are open, just waiting for you to enter.

First off, we continue on our road trip of the revolting as we stop at Rapid City, South Dakota.  Here we learn of the true terror of HOOKY JACK, who haunts the halls of a local establishment there.  Then, it is off to the rural part west of nowhere as we ponder the CHIEF EXPORT of a nothing little berg.  Our third destination is another in that road trip called the “States of Fear”.  It is all the way in Washington state in the Pacific Northwest.  There, we look down into THE BOTTOMLESS PIT.  But what looks back?

But alas, do you smell that?  Smoke.  It heralds the end of another sideshow.  Come back again for more, but off now before it is too late.