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Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy's biggest stars are here to guide you through Carniepunk, this strange and dangerous world...




Cold Girl by Rachel Caine (author of the Morganville Vampires series, and the Weather Warden series, among others) is about a teenage girl who becomes a victim when her first love betrays her and she has to decide whether or not to get revenge. The result is sad, disturbing and intense.

Naturally, there has to be a creepy clown and Jennifer Estep's (author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series) Parlor Tricks does the job. Gin Blanco, also known as the Spider, tries to find a link between an Air Elemental who is the star of a knife-throwing act and a missing girl.

Allison Pang, in A Duet with Darkness, introduces an overconfident young fiddler who borrows an enchanted instrument, by pawning her soul. The music she performs at a carnival show is capable of attracting the Other Folk.

The destiny of a sociopath who is stalking young carnies is exposed in Rob Thurman's (author of the supernatural thriller All Seeing Eye, the Trickster Novels, and much more) Painted Love.

The combination of fantasy and horror elements means readers of several genre tastes will find stories to their liking and anyone who's ever been haunted by their reflection in a funhouse mirror will be creepily satisfied.

Jacki @ Central


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