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"…this horror/mystery tale roars to life through the kaleidoscopic auditory fabric of its carnival setting….Though the plot kicks off right away, the production increasingly gains traction as more of the cast chime in to layer the tale. Recommended." —Library Journal
“Fans of purple pulp prose will welcome this Hubbard novella, which first appeared in the November 1934 issue of Popular Detective magazine. The lurid opening sentence sets the tone: "Rising to a crescendo of stark horror, a scream of death hacked through the gaiety of the night." Bob Clark, carnival detective for Shreve's Mammoth Carnival but actually a covert operative for the U.S. Treasury Department, suspects someone is using the carnival as a cover for dope-trafficking. While Clark's cover is ostensibly solid, he has still been the subject of multiple attempts on his life. Against this background, the investigator must track four cannibals who escaped from their restraints and who are the logical people responsible for the decapitation murder of their barker. The climax even features a showdown in a house of mirrors. A short story, "The Death Flyer," about violence onboard a train, helps fill up this slim volume.” —Publishers Weekly
Hubbard mixes mystery, murder, revenge and drugs with a few headless bodies thrown in at "The Carnival of Death," a pulp originally published in the Mystery/Detective magazine in November, 1934. This is one of the "Stories from the Golden Age" from Galaxy Press available in eBook, paper, and audio formats. To set the mysterious tone, the story begins with these accentuated words: "Rising to a crescendo of stark horror, a scream of death hacked through the gaiety of the night. It came from the sideshows, from directly beneath the lurid banner which depicted ferocious African headhunters at their feasting. In spite of the pleasure-seeking carnival crowd, the sound lingered eerily for an instant."
Amidst this frightful scenario, Bob Clark, a U.S. narcotics agent working undercover to investigate a drug ring at the Shreve's Mammoth Carnival, unexpectedly discovers horrifying headless bodies. This narrative takes the reader on a murderous journey with African headhunters, sharp knives, and severed heads with unexpected twists and turns along the way in this provocative and engaging whodunit. In addition to this shocking tale, Hubbard includes "The Death Flyer" for readers to digest and enjoy.
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Posted November 5, 2013
If you're a fan of the genre and time period, you may enjoy it. Not as gory as I expected but a quick read. I did have a problem with some of the language used to describe different ethnicities but I understand during this time period those terms were common. The hero was a bit too omnipotent. Several fights throughout the story and he's still kicking butt and taking names. Hmm a bit far-fetched. Overall, it was okay but not a book, I'd rave about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2013
This was a very quick read (or listen in my case). There was tons of action, almost too much to keep up with. It had a big twist at the end as the leader of the drug ring isn't who you'd think it was! Definitely a spooky story to listen to around Halloween time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2013
Posted January 11, 2013