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Published by Gallery Books on July 23, 2013
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Also by this author: Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Hounded, Hexed
A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals.
The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?
And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.
Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.
This is probably one of the creepiest anthologies I’ve read. I think there are only 2 stores that I skipped. Not because they were bad or anything, but one didn’t appeal to me, and the other, I have a
healthy fear of clowns, and I just couldn’t do it.
This anthology is sure to keep you on your toes. I absolutely loved the Jaye Wells short story. It was twisted, and awesome. Also if you read the one by Jennifer Estep, make sure you’ve read to at least book 4 in the Elemental Assassin’s series, otherwise there are big spoilers. I plan on picking up books by some of these authors, especially Kevin Hearne.
I love how every story had the carnival aspect to it. Some of them the whole event didn’t take place at a carnival, but that’s where the dilemma began, or ended. There’s just something about carnivals that makes them seem magical.
I highly suggest this book. You’ll find yourself wanting to join in the festivities, or run in fear.