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Evil Circus: Madness is Saving You a Seat

The Marionettes Are Oh, So Lifelike

The Marionettes Are Oh, So Lifelike

Cirque du Méchant has come to Halloween Town, close enough that you hear the calliope’s screams in Lita’s castle. Not all fantasy worlds are bright and full of whistling elves. This Evil Circus is a dark carnival filled madness, magic, and grinning clowns.

Previously:

Listen. Over there is a shrieking calliope. See it puff and bluster like a boastful bird. Over here, that oh-so-handsome carny beckons us to the show in the big tent. We follow the crowd and take our seats.

Care for some pink cotton candy? Yes, please. It tastes like a sweet cloud.

In the Dark of the Tent Rafters is a Spider Woman

In the Dark of the Tent Rafters is a Spider Woman

A whisper warns us no, it is really my spun cobwebs. We search for our party spoiler. In the dark tip-top of the tent, is that a spider woman looking down at us? She is not a cartoon hero, but a huntress with many eyes.

We hand the rest of our treat to the child sitting next to us. The sticky stays on our face.  It clings, just like a cobweb.

Still, there is beautiful magic here. Weightless acrobats fly between swinging bars in the tent rafters. Gorgeous cats leap, paw the air, and roar. Watch the puppet show where the marionettes are oh, so lifelike.

Tiny-eyed elephants balance on drums and wave their snake-like trunks at the crowd. Look, there is a Fantasy Elephant floating under its own tiny circus tent. Is it real?

A Wee Elephant the Size of a Bumblebee Flies By

A Wee Elephant the Size of a Bumblebee Flies By

Perhaps. Illusion is so delicious and tricky.

The pachyderm flicks its trunk and blinks.  See the madness in its eyes?

A wee elephant the size of a bumblebee flies by. Its wings sound like the flapping of leathery bats. Illusions with sounds are so lifelike.

The circus band plays a dusty fanfare, and then the Barker calls our attention to the center ring. We scoot to the edge of our seats and crane our necks. What wonders now wait in the wings? A delicious shiver runs down our backs. Time to send in the clowns.

Next Time: Masks & Grease Paint

Hear the Steamy Tune of the Calliope

Step Right Up for the Evil Circus

Hear the Steamy Tune of the Calliope. Or Was That a Scream?

Hear the Steamy Tune of the Calliope. Or Was That a Scream?

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Lita Burke’s Evil Circus fantasy world. Find out more about the place where a handsome carny promises wonder and wild desire.

Savor the acrobat’s magic and shriek at the clowns. Come taste sweet cotton candy, thrill to the roar of the big cats, and meet the carnival’s Dark Children. Have your ticket? Come this way and enter the big top for the Evil Circus World.

Saving you a seat at the Wicked Circus

New: Lita’s Cirque du Méchant Video

Saving you a seat at the Wicked Circus

Saving you a seat at the Wicked Circus

This month, Lita invites Gentle Reader to visit to the dark side of fantasy–the Wicked Circus.

Cirque du Méchant is a dark carnival filled madness, magic, and killer clowns.  Take a peek into the fantasy world where the Calliope screams its steamy waltz, and you see the monsters under the grease paint.

Enter here for the Cirque du Méchant.

Stiletto Heels and Cockney Slang

Review: Diabolical’s Penny Horror Scope Deadly Prediction

Stiletto Heels and Cockney Slang

Stiletto Heels and Cockney Slang

Diabolical’s Penny Horror Scope Deadly Prediction by Darcy Blaze

Warning: Story includes explicit sex.

Fiona, a good-looking Essex girl born and bred in Upminster, a part of the Northeast London’s sprawling suburbs, has enough of selfish losers.  She is a certified accountant looking for security and settling down.

Frankie, a small-time business man, owns four pubs, a couple of arcades, and has a villain’s reputation. A three-week whirlwind seduction of gifts and bling, followed by a surprise proposal topped with a three-carat diamond solitaire, has Fiona marrying Frankie in record time. When Frankie’s aphrodisiac of power fades, the only shine he gives her is the one below Fiona’s eye. Passion fades just as quickly as it came.

Fiona has always admired Frankie’s younger brother Reggie, who is a handsome model, an actor, educated, and more sophisticated than Frankie will ever be. A sexy tryst in a romantic slipper boat during a country gala affair at Marlow on the Thames seals the deal for Fiona. She married the wrong bloke.

Beware, Diabolical’s Penny Horror Scope Could Be Here

Beware, Diabolical’s Penny Horror Scope Could Be Here

After Frankie bumps off his bookkeeper, Fiona takes over the record keeping and launders her husband’s money through his arcade businesses. In addition to the love triangle, there is a fourth character, a carnival machine called Diabolical’s Penny Horror Scope. This one-of-a-kind machine has a history of predicting death for a certain few who play its game. Fiona sees how to use Diabolical to escape Frankie’s murderous ways.

Deadly Prediction immerses the reader in a gem of a fantasy world. Fiona’s confident narrative mixes London’s rainy weather and the sizzling make-believe bedroom antics with the playacting Reggie in to an unforgettable romp.

The story all but had me, a born Yank who has never been across the pond to London, talking cockney slang and strutting in stiletto heels. The sex scenes were explicit, but well written. The ending was delicious revenge mixed with the music of a Calliope. I recommend this story to anyone who loves evil carnival worlds, Brit Lit, and reading about a sure-of-herself Essex girl who doesn’t take gruff from her men.

Warning: Story includes explicit sex.

Deadly Prediction on Amazon USA

Deadly Prediction on Amazon UK

Darcy Blaze Website