Take a trip to the carnival. Waft in the overwhelming aroma of hot dogs, kernel corn, and caramel apples. Lick sticky cotton candy off your fingers.
Do you enjoy the lights and excitement that come with the vibrant fair?
Imagine now that the earth and sky turn dark. The tents and rides are worn, torn, and hum a wicked song.
Welcome to The Dark Carnival – a place full of eerie chills and frightful screams.
Last Halloween, bloggers Pen & Muse hosted a thrilling themed story and illustration share of the horror variety. The theme—The Dark Carnival. Each day of October was filled with frightening art and stories. This October the complete collection with be available via The Dark Carnival Anthology. Sound interesting? Add it to your To-Be-Read list on GoodReads! Watch for its arrival on Amazon soon!
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Dark Perceptions began as a short that can be found in this collection under the name Perceptions. Starting at a mere 2900 word story, it blossomed and twisted into a full 14,000 novelette. A novelette that you will find available on Amazon before the year is up!
A shiver swept through me. The night’s brisk breeze not to blame. I laid that squarely upon the ride standing before me. A deeply rooted prejudice festering in my belly. One seeded a lifetime ago and since, reinforced tenfold. I didn’t like carnival rides. Hated them, actually. Especially fast ones, flipping ones, twirling ones, spinning ones, and tumbling ones. Anything tempting the laws of physics. I straightened my shoulders, dug my heels in, and shoved my courage to the forefront.
Tonight was different. The tragic events of the Claytonville disaster would not be relived. The past was behind me. I wasn’t going to think about sixth grade, all the people I had known, or the Zipper taking a flying leap into the crowd. There were no repeats, and a silly whirl and twirl wasn’t going to get the best of me.
Pull it together, Sara.
Breathe, breathe, breathe.
Would you like to follow a month of chilling stories and illustrations? This year the theme at Pen & Muse is The Haunted House.
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10 thoughts on “Twisting the Carnival Dark”
Okay now you’re scaring me. Let’s go back to the cotton candy part.
I like the cover. I am sure lovers of this kind of dark fantasy will love the story.
w/a Jansen Schmidt
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Thanks, Patricia. Didn’t mean to scare you. Glad you like the cover, at least. 🙂
Is it strange that I’m not a huge thriller fan? I don’t mind suspenseful. Or adrenaline rushes. But I don’t like the whole scary for the sake of scary. I go to haunted houses and like those (mostly because I find the people who enjoy being scared so entertaining)…but that’s because the houses don’t scare me. I love roller coasters…but again, no scary there. Movies and books? Only a select few…and most of them have suspense leanings. My hubs, on the other hand, loves scary EVERYTHING!
I agree with you. I don’t care for scares for the sake of scares. For me, it’s all about the suspense and the stories that builds upon it. I think I can safely say that’s what you’ll find with Dark Perceptions. But you don’t have to read it. As for the other stories written for the prompt, I can’t speak for them. :O
I love thrillers and love this time of year!
I thought I unfollowed your comment thread since every time anyone commented on your blog, it ended up in my reader, but I your post didn’t show up yesterday. The same thing was happening with Tameri’s blog comments. I’ll copy and paste your Url.
Hope all is well Debra!
No worries, Susie. It gets confusing between the blog follow and the comment follow. You’re such a good friend, thank you. 🙂 Halloween and the thrills are delightfully delicious, aren’t they?
Ooh, I’m intrigued. There is definitely something eerie about carnivals.
I agree, Emma. There is something oddly appealing about carnivals and circuses. Could be why it is the focus of this year’s American Horror Story. Fun!
I am so glad to know your book will be published on Kindle soon!
I will try to pick up a copy.
I don’t know if you have read my anthology published there.
If you are interested, search under Kindle – “Transfixed”
It should come up. Only $0.99
I would love to see a review from you!!!
Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t been good at keeping up with blogs lately. Buried in edits and formatting. I picked up your anthology!