The Circus of Hungry Clowns by Caesar Ruell is a chilling and action-packed novella centered around clowns, nefarious plans, and sheer determination.
CW: child death
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My Thoughts on The Circus of Hungry Clowns by Caesar Ruell
Standing in line outside the big tent, this kid is practically vibrating from excitement over the clowns he’s about to see. His father is being supportive but can’t help but worry about the names and appearances of the clowns.
Once the show begins, people start to laugh hysterically at the simplest of things. The father is laughing as well but he’s also analyzing things that he can’t quite wrap his head around, like the rubber knives that somehow stuck into wood. Just when he tries to puzzle out one thought, it seems to slip away from him.
That’s just the beginning of this nightmare… soon this father is facing certain death as he tries to get himself and his son out of there.
My goodness. The little glimpses readers get through the father’s thoughts were the perfect hints at what was coming later on. But even so, readers won’t see the full picture until it’s all laid out.
I absolutely loved the fun but slightly off beginning of the tale that very quickly turned to terror.
My Favorite Passage from The Circus of Hungry Clowns
I had many more highlighted, but they were all spoilers!
It was so much more obvious to Joe now just how hollow this circus truly was. It had none of the typical, wholesome, big top trappings that he’d read about in books and newspapers. No highwire acrobats, juggling, balloons, or even music.
My Final Thoughts on The Circus of Hungry Clowns
This was SO MUCH FUN! I loved being able to pick this up and get totally sucked into the tale. It was nerve-wracking to know that something was going to go sideways, but like most of the crowd, readers will be in awe of the special effects and such occurring in front of them, totally clueless at first as to what is really going on.
This is a must-read for horror fans, especially those that love carnival horror!
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