Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Carnival of Strange Things by Various Authors - Book Blitz & Review

Title: Carnival of Strange Things Anthology
Series: Creepiest Show of Earth Book 3
Authors: Lisa Acerbo, Luke Swanson, Rita Delude, Sara Schoen, Erin Lee, Rob Smales, Stacey Longo, D.A. Roach, Aaron White, Amy Crandall, Samie Sands, and Liz Botts
Genre: Horror
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up. The carnival is about to begin, and the show is to die for...

Grab your ticket and take a seat. The ringmaster’s opening act? A creature showcasing its bloody feat.

There are haunting spirits with much to tell. Tales of torture and screams straight from the burning flames of hell.

Tick-tock goes the time, seconds passing by as you slowly lose your mind.


Evil is coming, and it’s striking from behind.

Horror and fear, like filth on your skin it clings,
Question is, are you brave enough to endure…

The Carnival of Strange Things?

 Carnival of Strange Things is a collection of horror stories sure to thrill and delight readers. Delve into the darkness that lies between the pages. Discover the strange oddities that will linger long after you close the book. Enter the Carnival...if you dare.

I have to say, I really enjoyed the stories in this collection. There were a few that weren't necessarily my cup of tea, but I still found them to be well-written and fun. There is definitely at least one story, if not more, that will appeal to everyone who reads this book.

There's All the World's a Show, which is the first story, and it ended up sparking a crazy bout of research between myself and my husband. It's set in Pennyslvania, and we live in PA, so we spent close to 30 minutes after I finished the story looking online to see just how accurate the details in the story were. (no spoilers!)

Cronos tells the tale of a young man in 1930s New York who discovers a bus that can bring the past to life. Until one day, he conjurs up more than he bargained for.

Another good one is Karny Valle. It's about the seven deadly sins. A woman at a bar teaches a smarmy businessman just what it means to be greedy and selfish. I really enjoyed how messed up this one was.

Madame Violet's Secret is a fun little tale about a tarot card reader who runs her own carnival. But there's more to her than meets the eye.

The Monster Within is a story that brings to life the phrase, "Be careful what you wish for," and turns it on its head. An interesting little tale.

Honestly, though, I think The Fate Machine is my absolute favorite out of all of these. Think Zoltar in Big (the Tom Hanks film), but with more nefarious and sinister undertones. The woman in this story becomes fascinated and obsessed with the machine, and that becomes her downfall. I gleefully figured out her fate before she did, and when it happened, I may have let out a snort of laughter and a cheer. Definitely a good one.

If you enjoy horror stories set in and around carnivals (seriously one of my favorite themes in horror), then you'll want to grab a copy of this collection today! 

I'm rating it 4 stars.



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