In a world of shadows, joyful colours are an act of heroism.
Modern tales are filled with clowns who invoke fear not laughter: painted grins covering fanged maws; baggy costumes concealing unspeakable horrors; malevolent parodies of nature.
But the tools of a clown work for good as well as ill: only a trickster could tweak a monster’s nose; make-up is war paint for the modern age; the devil cannot tempt a happy soul.
What if, instead of being the demons of urban legend, clowns were the victims or the heroes of the story?
An entertainer discovers his latest booking is filled with clowns but no children.
A group of ageing clowns seek their Priest-King before the divine is lost from the world forever.
Yorrick’s apprentice shares the truth behind the death of Shakespeare’s most famous clown.
And ten more stories of clowns facing the supernatural.
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About the Author
His short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including All These Shiny Worlds, Millhaven's Tales of Suspense, and DimensionBucket. He published his first solo novel, Seven Stones: The Complete Series, a gritty fantasy homage to pulp serials, in 2018. He has also co-authored two humorous trilogies with Simon Cantan.
In January 2019, he established the Abstruse Press imprint to release speculative fiction anthologies and works by other authors.
Born in the least mystically significant part of Wiltshire, England, and raised by a librarian, he started reading shortly after birth and has not stopped since. He currently lives in Bristol with his wife, Nicola, his cats, Jasper and Una, a giant sack of coffee beans, a plush altar to the Dark Lord Cthulhu, and many shelves of books.
It's rumoured he writes and publishes out of a fear that he will otherwise run out of things to read.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Dave Higgins
"The Living Dark" by R.M. Mizia
"The Clown" by Henry Snider
"To Pull a Child from a Woman" by Steven Pirie
"Funeral for King Giggles" by Donna J.W. Munro
"Auguste in Spring" by Christopher Stanley
"Giggles for Bimbo" by N.D. Coley
"Being Funny Is a Serious Business" by Roger Jackson
"A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste" by Christopher Degni
"You Don't Choose the Circus Life, the Circus Life Chooses You" by Lee Glenwright
"The Gleewoman of Preservation" by Samantha Bryant
"auguste" by Charles R. Bernard
"Bag of Tricks" by Joshua R. Smith
"Alas, Poor Yorick" by G.K. Lomax