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February 17 , 2008

Weirder (Novelette)


Weirder is a fantasy-macabre novelette about human oddities that compels fright and horror.

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One sentence synopsis
A teen runs away from home to travel with a circus.

Henry Hill, a young magician, joins a sideshow operated by Irene Ham, a bearded lady. He then becomes an apprentice to an old-fashioned performer in the vaudevillian tradition. The mettle of each sideshow freak is tested along the way, leading to a shocking conclusion.

Irene– The owner-operator of a touring show.
Henry– A teenaged magician that performs stage magic.
Otto – An old fashioned performer in the vaudeville tradition.

What is normal? It’s human nature to look down disparagingly on anyone that’s different or unusual. But, the human oddity draws a crowd; spectators recoil in horror, draw in with morbid fascination, openly stare at the deformed, can’t look and can’t look away.

Circus Grounds, Big Top, Carnival Sideshow, Suburbia.

First sentence
“May I have your attention please?” The ringmaster wore a long red coat embellished with gold braid and stovepipe hat. “I’m your host tonight!” He cracked his whip and spoke into the microphone. “We’re glad you came to see the sideshow.”

Misfits that were formerly outsiders become insiders, under leadership that juxtaposes masculine-feminine characteristics.

Notes for parents
PG – Mild suspense and horror.

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