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The summer of 1989 brought terror to the town of Shadows Creek, Florida in the form of a massacre at the local carnival, Cirque Berserk. One fateful night, a group of teens killed a dozen people then disappeared into thin air. No one knows why they did it, where they went, or even how many of them there were, but legend has it they still roam the abandoned carnival, ...more
Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published February 20th 2020 by Unnerving
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Suz Jay
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
When a trip to an amusement park fails to provide the thrills they’d hoped, a group of teens visit Cirque Berserk, an abandoned carnival where horrific spree murders occurred in the late nineties. The carnival is said to be haunted by the murderers and may still be claiming victims, yet the lure of taking Instagram-worthy photos beats the teens’lingering fears, at least it does until the bodies start piling up.

The story toggles between 1999 and 2019 providing a fun mix of pop culture and music,
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Cassandra Knudsen
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing out loud the whole way through. Much like the ghosts trapped in the park (And their victims), I couldn’t seem to get away - I read it in one sitting! It’s a roller coaster fast read that will leave you craving more from author Jessica Guess. The characters are interesting and distinct. The deaths are wild and unique. It’s everything you could want from a paranormal slasher book and more. I can’t recommend this book enough!!!
Alex findingmontauk1
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, lohf, kindle-books
Cirque Berserk is the first piece of work I have read by Jessica Guess, and it will 100% without a doubt not be the last! I had a great time from the first page through the end... and I still want more! Cirque Berserk is just my kind of book: slasher horror! I will always love the slasher sub-genre. But this is not your average or cookie-cutter slasher. Guess creates her own new formula and she executes it perfectly.

Full of twists and revamped/modernized tropes, Guess delivers quite the scary
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Kim Napolitano
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cirque Berserk is an abandoned carnival, out in the middle of no where, you can smell the Florida murk..and it was the scene of a bloody slaughter and the place was closed down and abandoned, or is it? Jump forward in time and a group of bored teens decide to investigate the old murder scene for themselves even though they were warned every step of the way not to go there, it’s haunted and people have vanished. Stupid kids...

Brings back memories of the classic 80’s horror slasher films. This
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Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
There's something about abandoned places that are inherently eerie; Amusement parks are one of those places. Maybe it's that our own experiences of those places tell us that they should be filled with boisterous voices and screams of excitement and happiness. Cirque Berserk speeds us away to a carnival that has remained empty since 1989. Those are screams you hear but they are not shouts of enjoyment!

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Becca
yall!!!!! IM SHOOK. RTC but I absolutely LOVED IT.
Hailey Piper
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The haunted carnival Cirque Berserk is stuck in time, a piece of 1989 that keeps haunting even 30 years later. The book plays fun with tried and true horror and good humor in its early stretch, but then veers into new and engrossing territory as we're pulled across past and present. Delightfully dancing between bloody and heartfelt, Cirque Berserk is full of welcome surprises.
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Jessica Guess is a writer and English teacher who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned her Creative Writing MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018 and is the founder of the website Black Girl’s Guide to Horror where she examines horror movies in terms of quality and intersectionality. Her creative work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused BellaOnline ...more
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