… the darker side of carnivals? If you’ve ever wondered whether they actually have a lighter side, Carniepunk is the anthology for you. It has fourteen great stories by authors who specialize in dark fantasy and horror, including Rachel Caine, Seanan McGuire, and Kevin Hearne. They look into the shadows behind the midway lights to find what is lurking and what is looking back.
As you read through this book, it’s hard to decide which is worse — the demons, vampires, and other supernatural monsters, or the psychopaths and serial killers who are completely human. While some of these stories are relatively light and many have humorous elements, others are not for the faint of heart (or stomach). Running away to join the carnival may doom you forever or save your soul. Pay your money and take your chances. (Or play it safe and check out this book for free!)
Reviewed by Fran (staff)