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The Peabody-Ozymandias Traveling Circus and Oddity Emporium (The Secret History of the World)

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The revised, expanded, definitive version of F. Paul Wilson's fiction from the FREAK SHOW anthology. The events here take place a year after the Oddity Emporium's encounter with Repairman Jack in ALL THE RAGE, with an extra ten-thousand words of new characters and new subplots that weave the story into the Adversary Cycle.

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Hardcover, signed limited to 500 numbered copies, 132 pages
Published 2007 by Necessary Evil Press
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Nov 25, 2010 Lou rated it it was amazing
This work is taken out from a collection of stories horror writers wrote named freak show which Wilson edited. Based around a circus group which consists of unique people that have a connection to the Otherness another dimension. I have the signed limited edition with all authors signature and did not want to open up the pages and ruin them, a kindle version was released so was great opportunity to check it out. Was not disappointed great stuff interesting reading it's important reading before t ...more
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Feb 25, 2009 Richard Wright rated it liked it
A slim novella, beautifully produced by Necessary Evil Press, following the assembly of freaks put together by Ozymandias Prather as they tour the US, secretly hunting down the scattered parts of a device that once constructed, will change the world. Readers of Wilson's Repairman Jack series will already have met some of these characters in the novel All the Rage, and here they have their own tale. It's an entertaining yarn, diverting enough, and probably essential reading for followers of Wilso ...more
Aug 14, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
A character and troupe introduced in a previous Repairman Jack book (All the Rage) is given a back story as well as a continuation in what could be an important story in the long-running Secret History of the World from F. Paul Wilson. It's novella length, and very good. Some shoddy research is apparent as he says that one character went to Florida State University and identified that school as being in Gainesville (FSU is in Tallahassee, and University of Florida is in Gainesville), but otherwi ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! It is a freak show/horror mix that has serious legs. The characters are very strange and unique and give rise to many thoughts about who they are and what they are, and in many cases what they will become. Lush background information with yet small tidbits of the unknown spur the reader to burn through the book, and yet there is so much to ponder on. I have never read anything like this, though there is another review to come based on this book, because the writer got some ...more
Lisa J
Oct 03, 2010 Lisa J rated it really liked it
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I worked for a carnival one summer, and even though we didn't "tour" as extensively as a circus, a lot of the slang was used. (Porta-potties were "donnikers".) Reading this brought me back to that summer, when, if we had extra money, we'd rent a motel room; sleeping in the back of trucks on the floor...yes, good times.
Dan Shea
Jun 09, 2010 Dan Shea rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one. My only gripe is that it seemed to end suddenly. I knew this was going to be a fairly quick story, but there were things that I thought could have been given more time to explore. Tarantello and the formula were two things that could have been given more exploration. I guess that is the sign of a good book. I am left wanting more.
Joe Romaninsky
Keeps You Guessing

A good yarn, this novella. A veeeerry strange tale, indeed. Don't ask too many logical questions. Relax and let your critical faculties take a short nap.
Not for the squeamish or those whose fairytales must be politically correct.
Denise Dorman
I just finished reading this tale and I really enjoyed the atmospheric backdrop of the traveling circus - it felt like HBO's Carnivale to me as I was reading it, or the final season of TV's HEROES. F. Paul Wilson never disappoints.
Jan 07, 2016 Heavenlypeachgarden rated it really liked it
Very well written spooky tale full of memorable weirdness and entertaining characters
Feb 23, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.Very creative and unique. I really wished it would have been developed into a series. Once I started it I couldnt put it down.
Jul 23, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
it filled in some gaps from some his other stories an all around good read..
Jun 10, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
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Short but sweet.
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Francis Paul Wilson is an author, born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He writes novels and short stories primarily in the science fiction and horror genres. His debut novel was Healer (1976). Wilson is also a part-time practicing family physician. He made his first sales in 1970 to Analog and continued to write science fiction throughout the seventies. In 1981 he ventured into the horror genre with t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Secret History of the World (1 - 10 of 33 books)
  • Demonsong
  • Aftershock & Others: 19 Oddities
  • Black Wind
  • The Keep (Adversary Cycle, #1)
  • Reborn (Adversary Cycle, #4)
  • Secret Histories (Young Repairman Jack, #1)
  • Secret Circles (Young Repairman Jack, #2)
  • Secret Vengeance (Young Repairman Jack, #3)
  • The Barrens and Others
  • Cold City (Repairman Jack: The Early Years, #1)

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