Expected Publication: 23rd July 2013
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: ARC From Publisher for an honest review.
A star-studded urban fantasy anthology starring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, and Rob Thurman, and including Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole D. Peeler, and Jaye Wells, 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 collection of stories frightened the hell out of me. It has been years since a book has been able to do that, with a mix of creepy freaks/creatures, darkened carnivals, death and clowns, what’s not to freak you out?
Some of the stories I found slow and boring, but the ones that did grab me were out of my darkest nightmares. I have long held a fear of clowns, mirrors and dolls which makes a dark carnival after lights out terrifying for me. give me vampires any day! The mix of horror and Fantasy was great and really enjoyable even huddled up at night hiding under my blankets.
My favourite story would have to be Rachel Caine’s The Werewife. In which a husband and wife make a wish, which quickly turns into a nightmare for the couple when it backfires on them.
The Cold Girl by Allison Pang was equally terrifying in which a young girl at a carnival realises her boyfriend is not what she thought he was.
If you want some chills for your nighttime reading grab this book, It will definitely have you questioning whether or not to brave the carnival next time it is in town.