Austin Powers once said that only two things scare him. One is ‘nuclear war’. The other … ‘carnival folk’. Why? Because carnivals are scary. Is there anything more creepy than a clown in full make-up?
For those who share those same fears, may (or may not – depending on how deep your phobia goes) be interested to know that Fox Spirit books have just released their latest anthology, Noir Carnival.
Here’s the promo spiel.
Dark’s Carnival has already left town, but it’s left a fetid seed behind. There’s a transgressive magic that spooks the carnies and unsettles the freaks. Beyond the barkers and the punters, behind the lights and tents where the macabre and the lost find refuge, there’s a deformity that has nothing to do with skin and bones. Where tragic players strut on a creaking stage, everybody’s going through changes. Jongleurs and musicians huddle in the back. It seems as if every one’s running, but is it toward something—or away?
The carnies bring you stories, a heady mix of shadows and candy floss, dreams gone sour and nights that go on too long. Let them lure you into the tent.
Carnival: whether you picture it as a traveling fair in the back roads of America or the hedonistic nights of the pre-Lenten festival where masks hide faces while the skin glories in its revelation, it’s about spectacle, artificiality and the things we hide behind the greasepaint or the tent flap. Let these writers lead you on a journey into that heart of blackened darkness and show you what’s behind the glitz.
Underneath, we’re all freaks after all…
Noir Carnival is available for Kindle and as a paperback from Amazon.