Whether you picture it as a travelling fair in the back roads of America of 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..
Cover by S.L. Johnson Images
Introduction: Caravan by K. A. Laity
Family Blessings by Jan Kozlowski
In the Mouth of the Beast by Li Huijia
Idle Hands by Hannah Kate
The Things We Leave Behind by Chris L. Irvin
She’s My Witch by Paul D. Brazill
The Mermaid Illusion by Carol Borden
Natural Flavouring by Rebecca Snow
Madam Mafoutee’s Bad Glass Eye by Chloë Yates
Buffalo Brendan and the Big Top Ballot by Alan Watson
Carne Levare by Emma Teichmann
Leave No Trace by A. J. Sikes
Fair by Robin Wyatt Dunn
Things Happen Here After Dark by Sheri White
Mister Know-It-All by Richard Godwin
Trapped by Joan De La Haye
The Price of Admission by Neal Litherland
Take Your Chances by Michael S. Chong
Young Mooncalf by Katie Young
The Teeth Behind the Beard by James Bennett