Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top
Ah, this is why I buy anthologies. This is a good selection of stories. Will you love 'em all? No, but they're all good, in one way or another. This collection deals with circuses of a fantastical nature, but it's not all fun and games in the midway. These circus things are dangerous. Get your cotton candy or funnel cake but keep an eye on that clown...that one...right there. He's not right.
It's definitely a fun read. Of course a common thread like circuses is a license for surrealism. There are...more
I'll pause while you digest that.
I'll admit, I skipped one or two, and the vast majority of what I've read I've already forgotten, but there was a story or two in there that really struck me. Dealing with animal extinction, futuristic living, how your actions determine the path you're on...as I said, some have stayed with me.
And I sort of wish the most gruesome of those would leave me.
“Vanishing Act" by E. Catherine Tobler
“The Vostrasovitch Clockwork Animal and Traveling Forest Show at the End of the World" by Jessica Reisman
“Study, for Solo Piano" by Genevieve Valentine
“Making My Entrance Again with My Usual Flair" by Ken Scholes
“26 Monkeys, also the Abyss" by Kij Johnson
“Courting the Queen of Sheba" by Amanda C. Davis
“Circus Circus" by Eric M. Witchey
“Phantasy Moste Grotesk" by Felicity Dowker