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Discover intrigue and suspense. Working deep undercover to break up a purported drug ring operating at Shreve's Mammoth Carnival, US narcotics agent Bob Clark discovers first one and then another headless body. Others believe the gruesome murders are solved after four tribal headhunters working for the show suddenly disappear, but Clark suspects someone else is the real killer. When he finds himself seized by the very same headhunters, Clark sincerely hopes his hunch is right, since the point of a very sharp ...
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Overview

Discover intrigue and suspense. Working deep undercover to break up a purported drug ring operating at Shreve's Mammoth Carnival, US narcotics agent Bob Clark discovers first one and then another headless body. Others believe the gruesome murders are solved after four tribal headhunters working for the show suddenly disappear, but Clark suspects someone else is the real killer. When he finds himself seized by the very same headhunters, Clark sincerely hopes his hunch is right, since the point of a very sharp knife is aimed at his neck! ALSO INCLUDES THE MYSTERY STORY "THE DEATH FLYER"

"…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


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Publishers Weekly
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. (Mar.)
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“This whodunit is for those who delight in the tales of carnies, sideshows, and quirky murders.” —AudioFile

"…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

Library Journal
Working undercover at a carnival to bust a suspected drug ring, U.S. narcotics agent Bob Clark stumbles onto a series of headless corpses. All signs point to the carnival's biggest draw, four "ferocious African headhunters" imported and manacled for display to scare American audiences, but Clark chases another theory. Originally published in the November 1934 issue of Popular Detective, this horror/mystery tale roars to life through the kaleidoscopic auditory fabric of its carnival setting. R.F. Daley provides the overall narration as well as voices a minor character; Jim Meskimen, Ryan Cota, Tait Ruppert, Lori Jablons, and Nick Baybak render the remaining 14. Though the plot kicks off right away, the production increasingly gains traction as more of the cast chime in to layer the tale. Recommended. [Includes the ghost story "The Death Flyer" (1936).—Ed.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592125166
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 0.50 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time.  As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

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    Hubbard mixes mystery, murder, revenge and drugs with a few head

    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.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    If you're a fan of the genre and time period, you may enjoy it.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    This was a very quick read (or listen in my case). There was ton

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Interesting

    Good Read

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Love it

    Nice story

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