The Pilo Family Circus

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“You have two days to pass your audition. You better pass it, feller. You’re joining the circus. Ain’t that the best news you ever got?” Delivered by a trio of psychotic clowns, this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the horrific alternate universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family Circus, a borderline world between Hell and Earth from which humankind’s greatest tragedies have been perpetrated. Yet in this place—peopled by the gruesome, grotesque, and monstrous—where violence and savagery are the norm, Jamie ...
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“You have two days to pass your audition. You better pass it, feller. You’re joining the circus. Ain’t that the best news you ever got?” Delivered by a trio of psychotic clowns, this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the horrific alternate universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family Circus, a borderline world between Hell and Earth from which humankind’s greatest tragedies have been perpetrated. Yet in this place—peopled by the gruesome, grotesque, and monstrous—where violence and savagery are the norm, Jamie finds that his worst enemy is himself. When he applies the white face paint, he is transformed into JJ, the most vicious clown of all. And JJ wants Jamie dead! Echoes of Lovecraft, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, and early Stephen King resound through the pages of this magical, gleefully macabre work nominated as Best Novel by the International Horror Guild.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980226027
  • Publisher: Resurrection House
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 329,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 3.10 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

    An original trip to a bizarre 'circus' - black comedy meets dark plot

    This is a highly original, jolting, bizarre, blackly funny book that mixes genres to great effect. Jamie, a young and rather hopeless male from Brisbane, Australia, meets some strangely sinister clowns by accident one night, and his life is turned upside-down. He is drafted into the Pilo Family Circus as a clown, and finds himself isolated in a tiny place somewhere north of Hell or somewhere like it. The place is full of odd and fearful characters, and is run by the enigmatic brothers Pilo. Elliott's writing style is very visual and easy to read, and he keeps the story moving at a relentless pace. It's a book that you just can't put down. A triumph, but not a children's book.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    Highly Recommend.

    I just finished this book a couple of days ago and it's easily one of the best books that I have read in a while. It's different and original. Not something that has been overdone in my opinion. It's a mixture of weird fiction, horror, comedy and fantasy. I really loved it. Easily one of my favorite books.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    Twisted look at the Circus

    Great book for anyone that is looking for something different to read, and likes strange twists. I found it hard to put the book down, when I was getting to the end of the book. The book also has a great quote "The nicer the person, the Meaner the clown".

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Excellent

    I absolutely loved it! I have never read a book quite like this before. Awesome creativity! It you love 'creepy clowns' (as I do), you'll love this book!

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