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Carnival of Horror: A Carnival Themed Horror Anthology Kindle Edition
Welcome to the carnival!
Enjoy the sweet smells of the cotton candy and candy apples. Listen to the calliope music as you wander among the many stalls, to the screams of children enjoying the various rides. It’s all been designed to take your money, but you already know that. What you are not aware of, however, are the strange goings-on of the carnival world after dark. Do the carnies want more than your money? Does the fortune teller know more than she tells you? Are some of the games more dangerous than others?
Explore your worst fears, and perhaps gain some new ones, in these twisted tales of what really goes on at the carnival after dark!
Table of Contents:
Mark Fleming - Lifeblood
Lex H. Jones - For One Night Only
Andrew Lennon - House of Illusion
Jason M. Light - Abandonland
David J. Fielding - Wobbly Bob
Ike Hamill - The Pinch
Christina Bergling - Zoltara
Gary A. Braunbeck - In a Hand or Face
John Dover - Frimby's Big Day
David Owain Hughes - The Last Freakshow on Earth
H.R. Boldwood - Mister Weasels and the Cosmic Carnival
Joe X. Young - The Frog Prince
Guy N. Smith - Blood Show at the Carnival
Steven Stacy - The Voodoo Man
J.C. Michael - What a Price to Pay for a Fucking Teddy Bear
Selene MacLeod - Sweetheart
Kevin J. Kennedy - Vampiro
- ASIN : B07HML2MP1
- Publisher : KJK Publishing; 1st edition (October 22, 2018)
- Publication date : October 22, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4371 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 714 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #596,334 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some of the stories are basically creepy and fun. David J. Fielding’s “Wobbly Bob”, set in 1886, starts things off nicely and serves as a sort of prelude. I enjoyed Joe X. Young’s “The Frog Prince,” which has some fascinating character interplay and a bizarre ending. Gary A. Braunbeck’s “In a Hand or Face” was powerful and made me tear up just a little bit. Andrew Lennon’s “House of Illusion” is wonderfully creepy (the ending is where most of the stories that disappointed me tended to fall down, so I appreciated the delightful ending on this one). Selene MacLeod’s “Sweetheart” isn’t my usual kind of tale, but it’s mournful, dark, and sad. John Dover’s “Frimby’s Big Day” is an odd tale of a horror that comes TO the carnival rather than from it, and while it’s a bit over-the-top in its gore, well, it’s a book of carnival horror stories so you can expect some of that! Megan Franzen’s “The Scare Machine” gives us a nice bit of ancient Greek terror bound up in a little carnie machine, and we see what happens as several teens face their worst fears.
H.R. Boldwood’s “Mister Weasels and the Cosmic Carnival” didn’t entirely appeal to me. It’s an utterly weird tale that starts off well and then takes a left turn into a bizarre alien clown death match. Jason M. Light’s “Abandonland” (set in 1986) feels pretty random, and characters get into weird trains of thought out of nowhere. David Owain Hughes’s “The Last Freakshow on Earth” (set in 2081’s Chinatown but really reliving the 1980s) was… confusing and weird. The pacing of Kevin J. Kennedy’s “Vampiro” was a bit hurried in places and thus lacked atmosphere. Steven Stacy’s “The Voodoo Man” had some original ideas, but the style was oddly glib, and the characters felt… flimsy, fake.
There are a few nicely original tales in here that hooked me. Christina Bergling’s “Zoltara” was my favorite tale from this book. Where most of the stories seem to dwell in the land of my childhood, this one jumps headfirst into the 21st century with a slick VR- and robot-based carnival with a chilling fortune-telling app. Ike Hamill’s “The Pinch” ends abruptly, but has a fantastic sense of place and character.
Overall I really enjoyed this collection of horror stories.
A few others are good and worth a quick read - ie. Blood Show at the Carnival by Guy N. Smith.
Some are poor and not worth reading.
Worth a look but expect quite a bit of filler.
Some people are just naturally good authors I think and some miss the point entirely of horror. The difference is very significant between these authors and is clearly demonstrated in anthologies such as this one.
The tales range from mediocre to boring to silly. No standout stories in this collection for me. Not recommended.