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They came to see the freak show, but afterwards were offered another, special showing for the price of one more admission. They were promised they could look upon The Freak of all freaks, rarely seen by man.Five of them dared to take the tour. All of them were hiding dark secrets.One of them possessed the worst secret of all and wished she had left when she had the chance.They came to see the freak show, but afterwards were offered another, special showing for the price of one more admission. They were promised they could look upon The Freak of all freaks, rarely seen by man.Five of them dared to take the tour. All of them were hiding dark secrets.One of them possessed the worst secret of all and wished she had left when she had the chance.Cover art by Neil Jackson...

Title : carnival freak
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ISBN : 14287679
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 16 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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carnival freak Reviews

    2019-06-09 07:53

    This short book was frickin' creepy, dark and delightful. What happens when curious folks, pay extra to see a side-show freak... And realize they're actually the frickin' freaks? Well your just gonna have to read this to find out!! Highly recommended if you like carnival theme with a side of karma!!

  • Jeffrey Kosh
    2019-06-08 11:54

    I was fortunate enough to read this delicious short story just after its release. As you can see I'm becoming a fan of Mrs. Mosiman's work, having started with `Wireman', and then following her up to her latest short masterpiece `Frankenstein: Return From the Wasteland'.If you read my review about her take on Shelley's greatest, you'll register my initial skepticism, soon replaced by adoration for the piece.This author has one of the rarest gifts in the writing world: versatility.She could write a novel about Godzilla traveling back in time to save Abraham Lincoln and make it believable and interesting. She adapts her voice to the setting, yet here and there you can hear her distinctive use of words and lines, but she never intrudes, allowing you to enjoy her descriptions.In short, you never hear her saying `Heck! Look how much I'm good at it!'And this short tale is a marvelous example of it. Another author would have jumped at the opportunity to use his voice and style, wearing the clothes of the Carnival Barker, and guiding the reader into the dark side of the story.Nope, with diligent professionalism, she stays out of the stage, and tells this tale in the manner of a consummate storyteller, as a master weaver of weird tales, just like the ones we used to watch in TV shows like `Tales from the Crypt', Twilight Zone, and many more.And it's one of those rare tales of mirrors.Do not look too close or you'll see the monster in you, because the longer you stare, the deeper you see.And we all harbor monsters, don't we?Don't we all slow down to peek at the result of a car crash? Yes, we all find excuses for that: 'I'd like to be of help', 'Maybe someone got hurt'.But the monster inside us craves for blood, it really wants to see the mangled bodies, the pain.That's why, deep inside, we all like freakshows. Today, we made illuminated laws to protect those unfortunate from humiliating and undeserved exhibit of themselves for the monster's enjoyment. But freakshows are still out there, in different guises. They hide on TV, in the news, in social networks and on youtube.We keep feeding our monsters.The freak of the side show may not be the ugliest and scariest at first glance, yet, once truth comes out, you'll find he has his place among the vilest of things.But is he really?Or are the watchers worse than the caged beast? He doesn't hide his nature, like them. He may be a monster, and he shows it, but are the avid and morbid onlookers more candid?I don't think so.And you'll discover why buying this excellent page-turner.

  • John
    2019-06-04 13:03

    This was a creepy and quick read! I enjoyed it!

  • Susan
    2019-06-16 10:45

    Quick storyI liked this. It moved along nicely while keeping me interested. I did figure out the end though but that was ok. I always liked the sideshow.

  • Patricia Kaniasty
    2019-06-08 11:52

    Another quick read. This one was very freaky........please excuse the pun. LOL. Loved the surprise ending.

  • Theresa Braun
    2019-06-03 06:09

    I came across Billie Sue Mosiman when reading her anthology of female horror writers entitled Fright-Mare. After finding out she’s an Edgar and Stoker nominated author who has penned over 50 stories, I knew I had to pick up some of her work and devour it. Several of her tales are waiting on my Kindle, but she recently made some titles free on Amazon. I couldn’t click “buy” fast enough.Her story “Carnival Freak” was one of those free stories (check to see if you still can get your own copy—it’s worth the money if it’s no longer free!). The premise is this: at a carnival, the crowd is asked if they want to pay an extra fee to see some freak that they will never be able to see anywhere else. Five people eagerly give up their money to experience the side-show, but get more than they bargain for. The “freak” proceeds to tell all of them their dark secrets, saying that they are really the freaks. They run off feeling violated and angry.At that point in the story, I wasn’t expecting any more twists and turns. I thought I was in for a neat wrap up. The end. Well, I was wrong. Brace yourself for a shocking surprise as the pages come to a close. It is amusing and terrifying at the same time. And you will be left satisfied that you went to the “freak show” after all.I recommend the story, especially since it’s a short and enjoyable read. (Kindle estimates that the average person can finish it in about 30 minutes). Mosiman’s descriptions are interesting, and she adds just the right amount of detail. She also has the ability to get to the crux of the tale, without the extra fluff some other writers use.So, it’s back to the Kindle for some more Mosiman!

  • Erik Gustafson
    2019-05-27 09:05

    This story shocked me and freaked me the hell out! Wow... Read it now. No: wait until it gets dark.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-05-25 12:01

    Review: CARNIVAL FREAK by Billie Sue MosimanLife lessons I learned recently from my current perusal of horror: the horror at home is something greater than the horror of war; "freaks" in a sideshow (Diane Arbus notwithstanding) may be milder and less horrifying than the concealed freaks pretending to lead normal human lives. The first I learned from the SUBDUE Series by Thomas S. Flowers, the latter from Billie Sue Mosiman's CARNIVAL FREAKS.This story illuminates the lives of several characters, some who are members of the carnival, and several gleaned from the audience on a particular evening. I can validly state that some of these "normal" freaks made my skin crawl. And worse, they look like us.

  • Rosann
    2019-06-16 07:48

    Despite the ending this is a REALLY REALLY great book. With each page it was like.. oh yeah yeah ... wow...omg omg !! and then as you came up to the end of the book, it was like you just couldn't read fast enough and then didn't want to read that fast to get to the end.And then ........... you get to the last page and the KAboom. Such a flat ending, all the wow factor that came with the ENTIRE book from the very start was just not there at the end of the book. You know when your body begins the process of a HUGE sneeze ... your whole body starts to bend and you start going ahh ahhh ahhh ( and you know its gonna be a HUGE sneeze cause you can feel it ) ahh ahhh ahhh sneezeThat was so like the ending of this book ... pfftAh well, still I give it the 5 star rating cause it still deserved it :-) ~~~R

  • Martin Reaves
    2019-06-11 12:49

    A Cautionary Carnival RideYowsa (this is a technical term describing the visceral reaction to a piece of fiction that reaches up from the page and smacks you in the face…repeatedly).Billie Sue Mosiman is a wicked, wicked writer. She sets up the reader beautifully, even as the carnival barker sets up those few guests willing to take that ill-advised step from relative light into unknown darkness—where they have been warned they might not want to go. Down that long dark hall where the real freaks are waiting.Of course the question is always the same: Who ARE the real freaks?This story, as with all really good short fiction, has a twist (and what a deliciously mean twist it is), but it works beautifully without it…which is also the mark of truly fine short fiction. This was my first Mosiman tale. It will not be last. Bravo.

  • Vix
    2019-05-28 07:53

    I am starting to become a big fan of Billie Sue Mosiman. I was instantly engrossed by the detailed descriptions... you can almost see the big tent and smell the candy floss!What makes people want to look at freaks?Do we all have a morbid fascination? worried that we are really freaks ourselves....!!Brilliant story, did not want it to end, unfortunately it does, with a real shudder value.Well worth some time reading, a great "trial/taster" book, gives you a real feel for how the author brings you in and freaks you out.Beware she is addictive!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-30 13:52

    I love the concept of this story and the writing style; however, as much as I love a short story, this one felt incomplete to me. So many characters were introduced but ultimately had nothing to do with the story. I would have enjoyed this more if either only the one main person had paid admission or if it had been developed into something longer with plotlines for the the other four people.

  • thebonebreaker
    2019-05-23 05:46

    Now this is a great little short story! This one grabs you right from the get-go and doesn't let up. So step right up and read about the "secret freak", the "Freak of Freaks" and see what he has to tell you!

  • Bandit
    2019-05-29 08:48

    Circuses and sideshows make for the best stories. Perfect goldmine of creepiness. Mosiman taps into that vein nicely. The story is a bit simplistic and/or amateurish at times, but it shows potential and the author tells an unsettling story about the inner and outer hideousness hidden within.

  • Susan Keefe
    2019-05-24 11:51

    When a group of people at a carnival have the chance to visit a very special freak some just cannot resist.Entering the freaks domaine alone each discover its secret, but for one it will change their life.I thoroughly enjoyed this very different horror story.

  • Shadow Girl
    2019-06-05 10:56

    Great story!Will review soon!

  • Vincent Hobbes
    2019-06-02 12:51

    Awesome book!!! I've yet to read anything from Billie Sue Mosiman that disappointed. Trust me, pick up this book NOW!!!

  • Kelsey Dean
    2019-05-30 06:07

    Decent creepy carnival short story.I wouldn't really say I was scared, but maybe I'm not the type that finds carnivals that scary. It was interesting.

  • Joy
    2019-06-18 08:41

    Don't waste your time or money. Short story that wasn't quite short enough.

  • Trace
    2019-06-18 10:46

    Was a pretty cool short story I wish the ending was better though.

  • Abby Miller
    2019-06-11 08:44

    Just finished this book and I'm officially a huge fan of the author. She might be one of the most talented indie writers I've ever read. I'll be downloading more.

  • A.B. Shepherd
    2019-06-08 12:50

    This short story is very typical of Billie Sue Mosiman and I mean that in the best possible way. She's a master story teller. Nice creepy little tale with a twisted ending.