vampires

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.

MONSTROUS CIRCUMSTANCES

This one is all about the monsters, ladies and gentlemen.  The sideshow is filled with them.  Let Charlie Barker tell you about a trio, if you will.

The appetizer on the monstrous menu for today is a little fishy.  JENNY HANIVER is a tale about the decor for a “man cave” gone hideously wrong.  Our next meal has a little bite to it…FROST BITE, that is.  It’s about first responders who find someone, or something, frozen in the snow.  For the dessert course, it’s off to the LAIR OF THE MANDRAKE for a sweet little something.  Just where have some of the youth of the neighborhood gone off to, anyway?

We certainly understand if you can’t devour it all.  After all, it is a lot to swallow.  Just be aware that any leftovers may scurry away to come back again later.  They may just have you on the menu.

DEAD OF NIGHT

Under cloak of night, creatures come out to feed.  Stay close to the tent or you may fall prey to such monsters.  The sideshow offers refuge for lost travelers of the night.

This time around, Char tells of nocturnal creatures and legends.  First is the tale of a Chinese vampire legend.  A creature that has its own set of powers and limitations makes its mark in Chinatown in the story NIGHT OF THE JIANGSHI.  Second, we have a ghost train legend in THE WRECK OF THE RIVERMOUTH EXPRESS.  Last up is the short horror story SPRING-HEELED JACK AND SON, where you get two legends for the price of one.

The daylight is mere hours away.  If you can make it that long, you might as well come back next week for three more tales in the tent.  Char will be there either way.  Why not keep him company?

CHANGE FOR THE WORSE

Sometimes, things go from bad to worse.  Such is the case today in our voyage of the vanguard.  Charlie Barker knows this all too well.  Allow him to tell you three examples.

The first horror story is called SPARE CHANGE.  It is about a disgruntled candy store clerk who gets a very special customer just after closing time.  The LAW OF SALVAGE applied when a ship and diving crew try to exploit sunken treasure.  Lastly, it is another “State of Fear” legend, which is our ongoing tales from each state in the good ole USA.  This one takes place off the coast of Rhode Island aboard a haunted sea vessel in HELL FIRE OF THE PALATINE.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, or the candy store, these tales will warn otherwise.  Next Thursday the journey begins anew with three more short stories sure to send shivers down your spine.  Now, who could resist that offer?