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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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CreepyGram and the Mourning Show was an original horror podcast that ran for 104 episodes.  It aired every Tuesday and Thursday throughout 2018. Each episode featured three short stories and was hosted by an undead carnival sideshow worker named Charlie Barker who provided an introduction and then wrapped up the tales at the end. Each of the stories within the episodes ( called CreepyGrams ) were exactly 365 words in length ( around two minutes each ).  Yet within that short duration; the...
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This is the end.  My only friend, the end.  The circus packs up and hits the road today.  Time for one final trio of totally true tales of terror. What happens after Christmas and before New Year’s Eve?  Why, Boxing Day, of course!  What happens when the dead rise?  Why, UNBOXING DAY , of course!  Then, it’s time to set up for the end of the year party with that sparkly MIRROR BALL.   After that, there is nothing left but THE COUNTDOWN until that ball drops. Thank you, my friends,...
Topics: Series finale, New Year's Eve' New Year's Day, Boxing Day, zombies, horror, horror audio, horror...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Ho ho hold on there.  You don’t think ole Charlie Barker would let you get by without a little Christmas cheer, did you?  It’s very festive at the sideshow today.  It’s time for a trio of holiday treats. What could be a better present that getting THE FAMILY PORTRAIT.   Too bad the canvas shows something terrible instead.  It’s also time to set up that CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.   All those miniatures sure look real, don’t they?  Then, nothing says the holidays like an old hag with a...
Topics: Christmas, Holiday, Christmas ghost story, horror, horror audio, horror podcast, horror radio,...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Sometimes, the whisper in the night is not your conscience but a malevolent force.  The sound pierces the otherwise quiet night, urging you to do things...well, out of character.  Here are some of those voices. First, a man runs a dial in horror show that is actually a cover for the mob in DIAL-A-FRIGHT.   Then, that incessant piano practicing down the hall is at it again in RECITAL PRACTICE.  Didn’t that girl die last week?   CALL CONTROL keeps the malevolence in good form for the final...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Who wants to hear a ghost story?  How about three of them.  Charlie has a score of haunted tales of spectral surprises for you in the sideshow. First one is the Colorado legend of THE GHOST OF JOGGER HILL.   It’s sure to give you a fright.  Second is the story of an ambitious news reporter who discovers the crash victims she is covering haven’t quite passed on in SEMI-LIVE COVERAGE.   What happens when you are killed and the authorities can’t pin it on the proper killer?  West...
Topics: ghosts, specters, apparitions, horror, horror audio, horror podcast, horror radio, horror OTR,...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Charlie Barker visits the bloodthirsty cutthroat world of business as the sideshow today.  It just sounded so...inviting for him.  Three absolutely true tales of terror from the corporate world are on the docket for this time. The FOCUS GROUP is in full swing, but they always need new participants.  The old ones just seem to disappear.  Once you’ve got the process down, it’s time to put it to the FIELD TEST.  It’s a killer business model, to be sure.  Lastly, it’s sad when you...
Topics: business, corporate America, evil corporations, clandestine organizations, horror, horror audio,...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The good thing about circuses is that they are mobile.  Tents are easy to move.  Be it by plane, train, or automobile.  And that is just what we plan to do today, my friends! Travel by plane is good if you can get THE LAST FLIGHT OUT.  Maybe a trail would be better.  That is if you DON’T GET OFF TRACK.   Sad thing is, the freeway isn’t any better!  There seems to be an accident up ahead.  The RUBBERNECKER in all of us makes the slowdown unbearable. I suppose travel isn’t always...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The pages of storybook are opened in the sideshow today.  Charlie barker has some frightful fantasies to read you, straight from the realms of alternate reality so you know they are absolutely true. What does every good following of Hansel and Gretel do when travelling through the deep, dark woods?  Why, they leave BREADCRUMBS , of course.  But where does that trail lead?  It just may be that you get lost anyway.  Such is the case when DEATH STOPS FOR DIRECTIONS.  Finally, it’s time for...
Topics: witches, death, hell, fantasy, horror, horror audio, horror podcast, horror radio, horror OTR,...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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They tried to tell ole Charlie, but he didn’t listen.  Now, he is paying the price.  You just can’t feed every stray that wanders into the sideshow.  Not only do they come back, but they bring their friends.  Now, the Sideshow of the Surreal is overrun with cats! And that little one is absolutely charming?  I love its large, blue single eye in the middle of its head.  Who couldn’t love THE CYCLOPS KITTEN?   Then, make sure you give a wide berth to THE CAT IN THE ROAD.  It looks...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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They say a strong constitution can withstand even the most trying of situations.  What happens when the trial befalls those with, shall we say, less stoic fiber?  The Sides of the Surreal demonstrates just three such examples today. Newlyweds find their way to an abandoned mansion to escape a tumultuous downpour.  Will they fall to pieces during A BRIEF REPRIEVE FROM THE STORM.  During the old west, a minor has to face off against murderous claim jumpers threatening to steal THE YELLOW...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The ground is a little shaky, my friends.  It must be the rumbling of a topheavy building built on crumbling footings.  The foundation is highly suspect. Today, Charlie takes us through three tales that aren’t entirely stable.  First, an honorable man will stop at nothing to keep his shop presentable in a crime-ridden community.  Not even death with stop THE PRIDE OF APPLBAUM.   CASTLE NIKOLAI was an evil, formidable presence that continue to oppress even after the walls were torn down...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Thanksgiving is here at the Sideshow of the Surreal, my friends.  Charlie has put out the fine China and set the table in fashion with the season.  Come, dine… The first course is an examination of one’s status in I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE .  Then, shopping is upon us once again with THE BLACKEST FRIDAY .  Then, it’s a creepy old house that’s just come on the market in UNREAL ESTATE. Loosen the belt and sit back.  Things only go downhill from here.  It’s just a slippery...
Topics: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, horror, horror audio, horror podcast, horror radio, horror OTR, scary...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Last time in our States of Fear, we visited some southern states.  This time, we head due north towards the Great Lakes.  There are some stops that are simply killer. Detroit is home to one of the most terrifying mysteries ever.  It’s the tragic tale of THE ST. AUBIN’S MASSACRE.   Wisconsin is next with THE ANTIQUE MANTLE CLOCK .  Then, it’s over to visit JENNY GREENTEETH OF LAKE ERIE.   She’s a beauty. It’s getting close to that time of year when we give thanks for our...
Topics: Great Lakes, Great Lake States, Michigan, Wisconsin, Lake Erie, horror, horror audio, horror...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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There are some guests are the sideshow today, folks.  Charlie has them parading by you for disapproval.  Just don’t get too ancy.  You’ll get your turn to see them all. First up is the origin of the witch, right down to the pointy hat.  Where did they come from?  Don’t worry, we have WHAT ALES YOU.  Did you know that the headless horseman comes from a long line of headless riders?  You meet another in THE DULLAHAN COMETH .  Then, it’s off to the mall for a monstrous good time in...
Topics: Ireland, Irish mythology, headless horseman, beer, horror, horror audio, horror podcast, horror...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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It’s time for a little Southern Discomfort down at the ole Circus today, y’all.  The Sideshow of the Surreal has some Southern delights for you.  Charlie is serving up deep-fried terror today! Down in Alabama, they have this haunt that’ll hex you for sure.  Her name is HUGGIN’ MOLLY and she even has a local restaurant named after her.  Next on our tour of the southern states is Arkansas.  It’s getting too dark to see, so it’s a good thing there is THE GURDON GHOST LIGHT up...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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We’re heading out to the wild west in our States of Fear subseries as part of the sideshow, folks.  But not the old west, but the contemporary western states of Idaho, Arizona, and even sunny California.  Charlie will be your tour guide to the bizarre and unfathomable. First off is a totally true tale of an unclassifiable monster thus far eluding scientific explanation.  It’s the THE ELUSIVE SHUNKA WARAK’IN and it’s got teeth and claws.  Scary.  Next, it’s a tale of real treasure...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The autumn moon lights the sky, casting shadows over the circus.  Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and spooks of all sorts and sizes gather for the season.  It’s the Halloween exhibit at the Sideshow of the Surreal. Charlie Barker tells the tale of the silent watcher in the cornfields.  It’s the tale of PATIENT VICTOR .   Next, it is a story set in a school house.  It’s an innocuous little activity perfect for the season.  Grab your knife for THE PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST.   Then, it’s a...
Topics: Halloween, Halloween scary stories, Halloween ghost stories, All Hallow's Eve, horror, horror...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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It would be as plain as the nose on Charlie’s face, if he had one still.  The destination is the flatlands of America.  The plains states on our tour of the good ole U.S.A. Nebraska is the first stop on our Sub-series in the States of Fear.  Here we visit HATCHET HOUSE where the name speaks for itself.  Secondly, We drive on to Kansas where we experience THE HAUNTING OF FORT LEAVENWORTH .  Then, it’s south to Texas where we encounter THE BLACK-EYED CHILDREN OF ABILENE.   Relax....
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Charlie plays art connoisseur today.  His gallery consists of three paintings of the weird and unusual.  What is most bizarre is that these are actually famous paintings with their stories from an alternate reality behind them. Edvard Munch’s THE SCREAM is first of the tour of the terrible.  At last, the reason behind the torment is explained in this story.   CHRISTINA’S WORLD, by Andrew Wyeth is the next painting in the gallery of the ghoulish.  Just what horrors await in the distant...
Topics: fine art, artists, Andrew Wyeth, Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, Persistence of Memory, Christina's...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Breadbasket or head basket, whichever applies here.  The heartland of the U.S. in the heart of the midwest are the region of fright tonight.  Charlie barker makes three stops in the area. First, it’s a tale straight out of Illinois with the true story of RESURRECTION MARY.   She’s the highway ghost with the most..sightings.  Second, We head to St. Louis, Missouri, to visit a haunted estate in THE MISERY OF LEMP MANSION.  It’s got a doosie of a curse on it, folks.  Finally, we head...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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....
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Are you one of those people that is always too hot or too cold?  Charlie Barker is that way, but you know it may be because he is nothing but bones.  Today, Charlie takes the circus to extreme temperatures on the opposite ends of the spectrum. First, we take a trip up north as part of our “States of Fear” sub-series.  Alaska, this time.  Conspiracy theorists unite as we start PLAYING THE HAARP.  Then, continuing waaaaay south on our road trip, we head to Hawaii where we are warned...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Sometimes, the enemy of your enemy is your greatest ally.  Today, in the Circus of the Unknown, Charlie Barker explores that concept.  So, bring your enemy’s enemy and come to the sideshow. First, it’s the tale of a husband and wife and that all-too-familiar rattle of the door late at night.  Find out what happens when THERE’S SOMEONE IN THE HOUSE .  Next, cattle ranchers in the midst of a range war face a common enemy - one that is eating their cows.  It’s bound to cause a...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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All the news that’s fit to print is just perfect to line birdcages and wrap fish.  Charlie Barker takes aim at the press today in the trilogy of terror known as CreepyGram and the Mourning Show.  The media takes center stage in the Circus of the Unknown. The first tale of the printed perverse is about THE LAST PIECE OF JUNK MAIL EVER.  You would think that the apocalypse would have stopped the purveyance of particularization.  Secondly, it’s GOLDEN YELLOW JOURNALISM about a personalized...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Last week, Charlie talked about graves and grave matters.  This is all fine and good, but there is a prerequisite to being buried in the final resting place.  You have to be dead. This episode is all about those cadaverous corpses.  Charlie puts the toe tag on three tales in the morgue of the macabre. The first corpse on the slab is about a real life dumping ground for murder victims.  It’s THE UNMARKED GRAVEYARD.   Just hope you aren’t interned there.  Next, a philanthropist...
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Leaves are falling all around, It's time I was on my way. Thanks to you I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay. But now it's time for me to go; the autumn moon lights my way. For now I smell the rain and with it pain and it's headed my way.  Charlie Barker talks about the winds of change today.  The seasonal shift to autumn and tales uniquely suited to that period. The first fall tale is about a crazed hermit in the deep forest known as BACKWOODS LARRY .  The tales of cannibalism and...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The Circus of the Unknown is open yet again.  Charlie Barker is manning the Sideshow of the Surreal.  Come in, he has some real estate deals to discuss with you. Char guarantees that this is the last real estate you will ever need.  Your final resting place.  A plot of land, or perhaps an urn, for you to rest eternal.  This episode is all about graves. The first place of rest is one of the “States of Fear” sub-series.  It’s off to Brazil, Indiana, where we visit THE 100 STEP...
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Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will keep the Circus of the Unknown from opening, ladies and gentlemen.  And if the circus is open, you can bet the Sideshow of the Surreal will also be in full swing.  Weather be damned. Coincidentally, that is just what old Char wants to talk about today.  Tales involving strange and unusual weather.  First, you ever heard of Strasburg?  No?  That’s okay, not many have.  Not since the night the fog came and everything got SWALLOWED UP ....
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It’s only fair, ladies and gentlemen.  The ladies had their day.  Now, the boys get a turn in the trio of totally true terror tales.  Time to get a little rough and tumble.  The boys are back in town.  The sideshow is filled with them today.  We did have to separate the men from the boys, though.  The shocker was that the boys won! First, a HAPPY BOY with a ubiquitous smile has a devil of a time getting his mother’s attention.  Almost nothing works.  Almost.  Next, wait until your...
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Oh, the games people play!  Charlie has a brand new console system he is dying to share with you.  It’s time to plug in and check out.  Video games are on the agenda for this time around. First up, it’s a game in development.  Better watch out when it gets the full release, though.  That’s not until after BETA TESTERS WANTED.   Next, play the latest HACK AND SLASH game before it plays you.  Third, it's another type of game.  Reality gets skewed when it is time for the WICKED GAME...
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There is a great misconception that states after you are dead and buried, that’s the end of it.  Charlie Barker should be enough evidence that this isn’t always the case.  But, for the incurable skeptics out there, he has a few more points of example for you. Two roommates at a boarding school talk over past mistakes in I NEED A RIDE .  Let’s hope that their transgressions were limited to life and not the afterlife.  Then, a young girl living with her uncle wonders if his anger and...
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The Sideshow of the Surreal has been turned into a petting zoo today, ladies and gentlemen.  There are all sorts of strange creatures in the menagerie.  Keep your fingers away from the cages.  These things bite. First, it’s a true story from Wyoming as part of the “States of Fear” called THE SAN PEDRO MOUNTAIN MUMMY.   He (it?) is a cute little bugger, ain’t he (IT?!).  Next, it’s the tale of an abandoned warehouse that provides shelter to squatters as well as the thing that...
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The sideshow tent was looking a little saggy today, so Charlie decided to cinch up those ropes and make it a bit more presentable.  Trouble is, Ole Char ain’t so good with knots.  He wound up twisting the twine.  So, why don’t make a theme of that? Today’s tales are all about a twist at the end.  First, a gold digger finds that his new life as a wealthy business mogul is BY NO MEANS what he imagined.  Two college students prepare to head out for a night on the town, but it is far...
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Charlie Barker has an eye socket for the girls today, my friends.  It’s ladies day at the circus.  All women get in free.  Now, getting out...that’s another story. Why should men have all the fun?  Murder and the macabre aren’t a man’s sole domain.  Case in point is THE GODDESS OF DEATH.   Next, the matriarchal head of a crime syndicate battles the undead trying to prove that you DON’T MESS WITH MAMA KESS .   And then, it’s a futuristic fable of a time when men are the...
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Some say that the difference between man and animals is the ability to use tools.  That has been debunked, however, as many different types of creatures can adapt simple tools to suit their needs.  Perhaps, then, another differentiation would be technology.  Charlie puts that theory to the test in the sideshow today. It’s all about the electronic gizmos that are touted to make life easier.  Sometimes, they may death more simple, too.  Take, for example, the strange case of THE SIMULATED...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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This episode really receives Charlie Barker’s seal of approval.  Or maybe that form was for organ donation consent? Ha, joke’s on them.  Charlie hasn’t had any guts in years!  In any case, it’s time we looked at the dotted line where the signature goes, folks.  It’s all about official arrangements today.  Now, just sign here and we can get started. First up, we do a little historical revision as we delve behind the scenes at what really saved mankind from nuclear disaster during...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Make-up!  You’re going to need a lot of foundation for this one.  At least he has good bone structure.  Trouble is, he is nothing but bone structure.  There. Finally, I think he is presentable.  Charlie Barker is ready for his close-up, Mr. DeMille. This week, we switch from the canvas tent to the silver screen as we head to the movies.  The art of moviemaking, to be more precise.  First, it’s behind the scenes during the filming of a remake of Casablanca - this time with Aliens...
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Being a carny, Charlie Barker has an affinity for the calliope.  Yet, he can still appreciate different forms of musical expression.  Today, there are three tunes he would like to share. The first little number is about a single mother and her young daughter who rely on a LULLABY to keep the monsters away.  Let’s hope it works.  Next, it’s the tale of THE TELL-TALE JUKEBOX .  It’s the same old song and dance about a murderous bartender haunted by the ghost of his victim - well the...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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This episode is fowl.  It is all about the feathered fiends who frolic in the unfriendly skies.  You guessed it.  This one is for the birds. Charlie has an avian anthology in store for you.  First up, we find ourselves between a ROC AND A HARD PLACE .  Next, you never know what those crafty cockatiels will pick up in DUBIOUS MIMICRY.   Lastly, it’s a feather or a fabulous fowl that leads to fearsome folly in BUT SHE MEANT WELL . Now, it’s time to take flight.  At least until you can...
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If Charlie Barker had a tongue in that boney old skull of his, you can bet it would be planted firmly in cheek.  But there are better uses for tongues, ladies and gentlemen.  In a literal sense, it is a matter of taste. On the menu for this time are a trio of tasty terrors.  First up, it’s a monstrous good time as two fantastic creatures debate the merits of human cuisine.  More precisely, humans AS cuisine.  You can bet that it TASTES LIKE CHICKEN .  Next, how do you spice up a...
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Charlie Barker takes you through a regression of sorts in the sideshow today.  Well, at the very least, a nostalgic look at the toddler years.  There are nursery rhymes to be told, come in, come in! You know that rhyme about the worms devouring your corpse after death?  Ahh, what child doesn’t hear that poem and smile.  Well, it has a couple more stanzas that help keep you out of harm’s way in the cemetery.  Listen to HOLD YOUR BREATH and follow along.  Second, it’s the tale of a...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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If Charlie Barker could grow hair on that skeletal face of his, he may just don a wonderful beard.  As for now, he just has beard envy.  He has to live vicariously through his trio of totally true tales of terror today. The first tale is the yardstick by which all other beards are measured.  However, the man with THE LONGEST BEARD IN THE WORLD will soon discover the price of fame.  Then, it’s off to a tropical island paradise where the locals have a legend that should not be taken...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Charlie Barker leads us out of the pull of gravity today.  To the far reaches of space, and then some.  It’s sci-fi only scarier.  It’s the Starship Sideshow! First, what happens in the future with the prison system?  I don’t know, but perhaps we will be BUSTIN’ OUT .  The tomorrow terrors continue with a story of a doomed space voyage with a formidable furry foe in THE CAT’S AWAY .  Then, it’s off to DISTANT PLUTONIAN SHORES with a witch who had turned in her broomstick for...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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It’s time to answer the call of the open road, my friends.  Charlie is driving.  All you have to do is sit back and watch the signposts fly by.  Look, here comes one of them now. The first roadstop on our trip is plan the best path of destruction.  We do so in KILLER ROUTE .  The road is long and travelled.  Time will come to rest our weary heads for the night.  We need a place that has vacancy PLUS FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST.  Then, it’s back on the asphalt we go, burning gas and...
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Sep 16, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Time to pack up the camper and break out the sleeping bag and those s’mores.  Charlie Barker will meet you by the campfire.  It’s always like camping when you work and live in a tent. Set up camp and listen to the terrifying tales that follow.  CreepyGram and the Mourning Show hosts three campsites sure to send chills down your spine.  First, it is the camping trip to end all camping trips in THE SHARPLES GO CAMPING .  Second, it’s fancy camping with all the luxuries.  Throw in a...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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This week, Charlie Barker takes the debatable position that CreepyPasta is a relatively new literary form.  Charlie examines three tales in the style of CreepyPasta legends that were plucked right out of the realm of the unknown.  They are, of course, absolutely true - at least in one of the infinite alternate realities. How do you address a haunted colonial stockade that cannot be destroyed?  Why, you ship it off to the west coast and wish them all the best in BITTER PILLORY TO SWALLOW ....
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Society has placed parameters in which citizens may operate freely.  When deviation occurs outside of those guardrails, the offender needs to be corrected, contained, or executed if, that is, they are caught.  Charlie Barker examines this aspect of the human condition in his Sideshow of the Surreal today. First, a hopeful gang pledge has one last obstacle before he can call himself a member.  It’s time for his INITIATION .  Next, it’s a horrendous case of mistaken identity in EL TEMIDO...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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All good things must come to an end, ladies and gentlemen.  CreepyGram and the Mourning Show examines this eventuality in a trio of totally true tales today.  Stories that show how the civilization of man crumbles like a sandcastle at high tide.  As they say, life’s a beach. There are many ways the world may end.  First on that list is the porcine apocalypse.  Yes, it’s all reflected IN A PIG’S EYE .  Zombies have long been the culprit on the way things go down.  But what if it...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The days are long and the nights are short.  What a perfect time of the year to attend the circus.  Even the sideshow provides a brief reprieve from the blaring sun. The summer also offers tales fit for the sunny season.  Three of them are on display for you now.  First, a hazard that occurs naturally due to the heat and lack of adequate precipitation to produce a SUMMER WILDFIRE . Don’t get burnt! Next, it also sounds like a naturally occurring phenomenon, but actually it’s the name of...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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What happened to old Char was tragic, wasn’t it?  Getting all burned up to a crispy skeleton.  Then, to have to work in the very sideshow that he lost his life relating tales of the surreal and supernatural for always and forever.  Hardly seems fair.  Charlie Barker ain’t one to complain, though.  Truth is, he just ain’t got the guts. This time around, it’s three tales of tragic consequence in the sideshow.  First, it’s the story of an innocent little girl and her harpy of a...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The sideshow has been infested this week.  Charlie Barker doesn’t believe in fumigation.  Perhaps if he gets a little more buggy, he might. Until then, he has three tales of scurrying terror to related.  First, a couple has a PRESSING ENGAGEMENT in the woods.  The six-legged kind.  Secondly, have your stomach ever has that ALL AFLUTTER feeling?  Regardless of what they tell you, it ain’t butterflies.  And the third buggy tale is called FULL DISCLOSURE .  It’s about a man with a...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The sideshow has all sorts of wonders.  Charlie Barker can only related but a few.  This time around, he proposes the possibility that dinosaurs and people were not separated by millions of years of evolution as most commonly thought.  Three tales of reptilian threat are just within the tent.  Grab your coffee at the concession stand and head in for some Jurassic Perk. The first leathery, cold-blooded tale is OF LIZARD GODS AND MEN .  This is the Aboriginal tale of giant carnivorous...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The unexpected is often unexplainable.  This week, Charlie Barker takes on three such tales.  Tales that can only be described as supernatural in origin. First, it’s off to Italy where a man is inadvertently caught up in a funeral procession during THE WEE MOURNING HOURS .  Secondly, a new father comes home to hear something other than his new child through the BABY MONITOR .  The last tale of the unusual is on a Native American reservation.  Those kooky old skinwalkers are at it again...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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If Bob is your uncle, who’s your old man?  Charlie Barker wants to know.  In fact, it is the main display at the sideshow today. Fathers are the focus of the frightening fables.  First, do you enjoy playing games with your father?  How about FOR your father?  It’s a terrifying tale known as SCAVENGER HUNT .  Another dad and his sons discover the beast in the darkness in LAIR OF THE CAVE DEMON .  Lastly, there are BIGGER FISH TO FRY when a son is the only person who knows about a...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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What is more natural than to see children at the circus, ladies and gentlemen.  The sideshow, perhaps not as commonplace.  Unless, of course, they are the attraction and not the patrons. That is the case today.  Three stories involving childish things are at hand.  First, we are off to THE OLD TIRE SWING where it is said to be haunted.  How childish is that?  Second, we find out what ghoulish things are afoot when it is a BUYER’S MARKET .  Finally, where are all the parents at the...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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To err is human, it is true.  We all make mistakes.  Some take their license to err a bit too far, however.  It becomes a way of life to mess things up. Charlie Barker is no exception.  After all, he wouldn’t be a walking skeleton if he hadn’t made a few mistakes in life.  Today, he will relate three other tales from the annals of forever.  First, we head to the drive in where it is JALOPY NIGHT .  Maybe the thugs who decided to see a show should have reconsidered their entertainment...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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If you’re following the formula, first comes love, next comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.  Today, with spring in full bloom, we will address the middle criterion in that list. Marriage.  Marriage is what brings us together.  First off, what happens when a penny-pinching tightwad tries to combine a funeral and a wedding?  Find out in DUAL PURPOSE .  Next, a tale that may very well fly in the face of the adage “looking a gift horse in the mouth”.  Be sure you...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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May is all but wrapped up, my friends.  Charlie Barker is ready to send it out in style.  He does so via three terrifyingly true tales. Have you ever noticed that weird things seem to congregate in the same spot.  A young college student on break finds this out when she misses her bus and discovers SOMETHING IN THE WATER .  Next, it’s off to explore the unconquered jungles of Columbia where strange animals (and plants) abound.  Just be leery of THE DEATH FRUIT .  And last up is the tale...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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It’s that time of year when we remember those who have moved on, folks.  And, with any luck, they are left behind a legacy in which we can remember them.  Charlie has three such tales today. TRIBUTE OF THE JENNY LEE tells us about a flying fighter than haunts the unfriendly skies.  Then, who could forget the Frankenstein legacy?  Here is a snippet of that setting, told from a different perspective than usual in a MOMENTARY DISTRACTION .  Our third tale of remembrance comes when two boys...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Hello again, consumers of the creepy.  It’s time once again to get in the car and see where the road takes us.  Charlie Barker is at the wheel and he is determined to take us to the “States of Fear” today. The first place we visit is Vermont to see an old insane asylum.  It’s THE HORRIFIC HISTORY OF BRATTLEBORO RETREAT .  Haunted asylums are so nice this time of year.  Another true tale comes straight out of Portland, Oregon, on the opposite side of the USA.  This coast has the...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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A father told his young son that he could be anything he wanted in life - the sky was the limit.  The boy replied that he wanted to be an astronaut.  The father scolded the child, stating that he told him specifically that the SKY was the limit.  Today, Charlie takes us past those limits. We are visited by aliens this week, folks, in a trio of tales that are truly out of this world !  First, what happens when extraterrestrials help a snake oil salesman?  Find out in PANACEA .  Then, the...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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)....
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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There is a fascination with serial killers and murders in general, ladies and gentlemen.  These are just as much of an oddity in the sideshow as a two-headed calf or the fire-eater.  Charlie Barker will pull back the tent flaps so you can observe the freak of nature known as the homicidal maniac. The first psycho on the list for today is the tenant in the DUPLEX .  He’s been renting both places out for years and the landlords just found out why.  There is also an AVID LISTENER , who loves...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Everyone has a mother, ladies and gentlemen.  Even Charlie Barker was born from a woman at one point.  When he was alive, anyway. Today’s tales are all about that maternal caregiver or lack thereof.  Dear old mom.  First, we delve into the story of a mother who really gives all over herself in ALL FOR THE TAKING .  Next, a lonely single mother tries to keep up with her teenage son in CHECKING IN .  The last tale is about a mother of a different sort in THE GRAVE MOTHER .  It’s a...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Happy May Day!  We’re smack dab in the middle of spring, folks.  It’s a good day to talk a walk in the flowers.  But don’t do that.  Head on over to the sideshow, instead. The sideshow is packed with pickled punks, oddities, and of course - monsters.  Today, we look at three fantastic beasts.  Our first creepy creature is one that feeds off specially bred nocturnal livestock at the AFTER MIDNIGHT DAIRY .  Then, it’s all smoke and mirrors when a carnivorous fog begins to feed on...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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....
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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...
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Welcome, welcome!  So glad you’ve returned.  Old Char is up to his tricks again, folks.  He really likes to mess with your mind. Three tales of the mind and madness are featured in the sideshow of the surreal today.  First, how do you really know who you are if everyone else is convinced that you are someone else?  This is the question to ponder in THE FACE IS FAMILIAR .  Of course, the trip could be downhill all the way as you take a DESCENT INTO MADNESS . Sadly, it’s a one way trip....
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Sep 14, 2019 Brian James Lane
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More macabre monsters of myth grace the sideshow today.  Charlie Barker will show you them in detail.  Or, perhaps more aptly, he will show the monsters you. First, we meet the real-life New Jersey Devil as part of our sub-series, “States of Fear”.   THE MONSTER OF THE PINE BARRENS awaits.  Next, it’s the tale of an evil genie in DJINN RUMMY .  Finally, it’s a story that may be dragon at the start, but picks up at the end in FINISH THE STORY, GRANDPA .  It’s a scaly tail, er...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The infamous urban legend makes a stop at the sideshow for today.  Three absolutely true tales, as first related by a friend of a friend.  Stop and see if you’ve heard of these. The first one is a classic about a man in a hotel room where SOMETHING STINKS.   That can’t be good.  The second legend is about what happens when you join THE ONE DOLLAR HORROR CLUB .  That can’t be good.  Finally, we give a listen to THE CURSED AUDIO CASSETTE .  That can’t be good. There are more where...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Can you trust your eyes?  Have they ever lied to you?  Be honest. Yet, Charlie Barker shows us when our eyes can behold something horrific yet perhaps not entirely what it seems to be.  First up, a lonely trucker’s wife watches her husband’s long haul on the TRAFFIC CAM.   Trouble is, what is that in the path of his truck?  Next, it’s a VIEW FROM THE TREE FORT as some local kids discover what really has been happening to their neighbors.  Last up, it’s DRAGON BREATH about a boy...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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What’s up, Doc?  Today on the CreepyGram and the Mourning Show, Charlie Barker looks at the medical profession.  That, and the victims, er patients, therein. In the trio of terror, the first patient is something perhaps a little too inhuman for the good doctor.  Well, that’s not true.  It is a lot too inhuman for the doctor as he looks into THE MEASURE OF A MONSTER .  Secondly, the waiting room holds yet another patient.  This time, it is human...but there is something internal that...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Welcome to the sweet shop at the sideshow.  Tasty treats for you to eat.  We certainly hope you brought your appetite. Charlie Barker has three delectable morsels for you today.  First, is the fateful tale of the YELLOW CAR .  Next, do you ever wonder what might happen if someone steals your name?  Find out in IDENTITY THEFT.   And, it is just about time for the SPRING THAW .  Sometimes, the creatures that prowl are right under your nose. Revenge is awfully sweet.  It might just be too...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Old Charlie Barker wanted to invite you into the sideshow tent this time again, but someone has sewn shut the flap.  It seems there is trickery in the air.  Must be the season. We have to follow MONTWEAZEL’S JOURNEY TO PAPER TOWN to find out where to go from there.  If that didn’t help, we must figure out THE MYSTERY OF THE MONKEY CANDLE STICK HOLDER .  Failing that, just realize that it is APRIL FOOL’S and give up.  It’s all some kind of joke, isn’t it? Sorry about all the funny...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Did you hear that cackle?  Did you see that silhouette fly by the full moon?  There are witches in the air, friends.  Beware. First, is there anything to eat from the coven?  If so, let’s hope it isn’t SPOILED .  Next up, it seems a bit odd that the eerie black cat is there at the nursing home every time someone dies.  There is just SOMETHING FAMILIAR about it.  Finally, it’s off to THE WARLOCK’S GARDEN we go.  Don’t you just love the smell of wolfs bane in the spring?...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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This podcast has certainly gone to the dogs.  At least for this episode, anyway.  Three dogs have their day today in the Circus of the Unknown. Charlie Barker ( hey, that would make a good name for a dog ) relates three tales of canine creeps.  First is a story of a terrifying black behemoth in BAD DOG!   Sometimes, the paranormal pups can be an ally to something far more sinister.  This is the case in GOOD DOG!   And lastly, have you ever heard of the great dog deity?  Spell it forwards...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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It’s our usual three ring circus within a circus this time, folks.  A trio of terrifying performances sure to set hair on end, eyes bulge, and make your teeth itch.  Furthermore, these acts are sure to give you the spooks. The first haunt is about a doo-wop group from the 50s who play a killer gig.  Or rather, the killer gig plays them?  In any case, please welcome THE MAGNIFICENT TAILFINS .  Our next venue is in New York, New York as part of our “States of Fear” sub-series.  Please...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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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...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The luck of the Irish be with you.  The canvas is adorned in green.  Tapestries the color of shamrock grace the haunted halls.  Wait until you see the sideshow! The trilogy for today all deal with the Emerald Isle.  It’s Saint Patrick’s Day at the circus.  First off, we find out what happens when THE BANSHEE WAILS.  Then, it’s THE TIDES OF MARCH , where we find out what creatures rule the unruly sea.  Lastly, is your luck in our out?  It might pay off if your talisman WORKED LIKE...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The haunted circus has returned.  The sideshow has opened its flaps to the public.  Charlie Barker is calling for patrons of the perverse to attend his cavalcade of creeps.  Come in, come in. Speaking of haunted, how about some tales along that theme?  Our first frightening fable is called THE HAUNTED PILLAR .  This is the real life story of, well, a haunted pillar.  This is one of our “States of Fear” as we visit Georgia and a former slave whipping post that still holds many a ghost....
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Hello, all you clock watchers.  The circus is back.  The sideshow is open for business.  Let’s just hope you have time to do it justice. Time is the operative word today, ladies and gentlemen.  The three stories for today all have to do with time and our perception of it.  First, what would happen if your memories were all scripted for the sake of some ulterior motive?  We examine that in MEMORY REIMAGINED .  The EERIE EDITION give headlines of tomorrow - but why do they all have to be...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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The supernatural surrounds us, though some can’t see it.  Allow Charlie Barker to take off your blindfold.  There is a lot to behold. In our totally true trilogy of terror today, we have a little tale known as BOARD STIFFS .  This is about a group of gamers who are visited by a stranger wanting to join in the fun.  Second on the docket, it’s time to USE YOUR CRANIUM .  This tale is about a campus legend that needs to be put to the test - no matter the consequence.  The last horror...
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Today’s tales, as the kids would say, are killer.  More precisely, they are about killers.  Murder most foul. The first story is about an annual party where a juicy murder might be the fly in the ointment that could ruin a good time.  Best KEEP IT ON ICE until afterwards.  Nobody wants to be a killjoy.  Next, we learn of THE LEGEND OF GORY GARY AND SCORCHED SARAH .  It’s all in good taste, I assure you.  Or, rather, it all tastes good? Lastly, we pay a visit to THE FINGER TREE ....
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There are legends born of adversity, ladies and gentlemen.  Out of fearful accounts and tearful remembrance.  Legends are seldom given rise through triumph. Three such tales are presented today, two of which are under the “States of Fear” sub-series of stories.  The first story, however, is a horror story set amongst the seas.  Or at least, a village on the port of a tumultuous ocean.  It’s called ANY PORT IN A STORM .  Next, we visit Rising Sun in Maryland.  Here, we learn of the...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Hello again, fateful travelers.  The sideshow tent is open, once again.  This time, Char spins all of his yarns in the “States of Fear” series of tales.  These are local myths and legends from each state in America. The first stop in our voyage of the vanguard is in North Carolina along the coastline.  Here you will see a ghostly specter who foretells disaster in TAKE HEED OF THE GRAY MAN .  Massachusetts is where we hear about THE UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCE OF THE DOVER DEMON .  Then,...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Giddyup, partner.  This week, Charlie Barker sends us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear.  To the times when the lawless frontier ran amok.  Back to the days when the west was truly wild. The first tale in the trio is called A MITE PECKISH .  It’s about a lonely, dusty dried up old town where the local watering hole is just the only place to congregate.  It also draws in someone who just may not be there for the company or the drinks.  In FEVER DREAMS , a young boy has a strange...
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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 ....
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Love is in the air.  It is the time of year we are either reminded of how lucky or how lonely we truly are.  Char has something along those lines for you either way.  Come into the tent and see. Passion influences action, whether that drive is of the heart is for love, money, or power.  Other times, the heart and head are wired unconventionally and the passion that pushes a person is unimaginable.  First off, it’s a Valentine’s Day tale entitled MOONLIGHT AND ROSES , a tale where love...
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Sep 13, 2019 Brian James Lane
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Char is no stranger to curses.  What else would explain the way his sideshow went up in flames and trapped him inside?  Luckily, he is somewhat of a curse himself as his apparition continues to appear to tell terrifying tales. Take, for example, the three horror stories today.  All deal with curses of their own.  First, an artist passes a curse along to his patrons in STILL LIFE AND DEATH .  Secondly, in the days when tuberculosis was incurable, a couple of men hit it big in business....
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It’s the end of the world as we know it.  Charlie Barker examines what could be or will be in three tales of the end of times.  The apocalypse arrives at the circus today.  What happens in the post apocalyptic nightmare that follows? In THE BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH EVENT , a subterranean baseball player warms up to pitch as the world unravels.  Next,   THE POST-APOCALYPTIC PSYCHIATRIST offers to help a young woman who fears the end of the world.  Finally, it’s a great BIRTHDAY SURPRISE as...
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It’s that familiar time of year where sports are in the air.  The chant of the crowd and the shadows of rodents predict the weather are prudent.  Charlie Barker is a fan. In GROUNDHOG DAVE , a horrifying amalgamation of groundhog hides serves to protect a small western town.  Next, the perfect football tailgate treat is sought after.  No, the usual buffalo wings and cocktail weenies won’t do.  This time, we need SOMETHING EXOTIC .  Up third is a unique SPECTATOR SPORT , as we examine...
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There’s a family discount at the circus today.  Charlie Barker has deemed today “family day” at the sideshow.  Bring in your loved ones for an extra special treat. All the tales today involve family members in one fashion or another.  The story SINS OF THE FATHER show that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  In THE GUEST ROOM , a monster known as the Manglecraw is part of a family’s hidden legacy.  Finally, sit down for the FAMILY MEAL , where good conversation seems to be...
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The circus is back and awaiting your patronage.  Don’t let ole Char down, now.  He is dying to tell you three more frightful flash fiction pieces.  Well, perhaps dying isn’t the right word.  He’s already done that. This time, the sideshow offers you a sample of Satanic stories.  In A DATE WITH THE DEVIL , a young woman conjures up the devil himself.  Another lesson from Lucifer occurs when a Colonial village tries to capture the evil one in THE DUE OWED OLE SLEW FOOT.   Finally, we...
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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...
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Some of the less scrupulous characters take the stage today.  Char relates three tales where the actions taken are somewhat questionable in nature.  These aren’t role models, kids. Another “State of Fear” is the first story today, returning to the theme of one local myth or legend from each of the United States of America.  This one from Pennsylvania.   LOW TIDE AT MONUMENT CEMETERY shows us how old abandoned cemeteries may sometimes come back to haunt those who forget.  In NEON...
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