Malleus Maleficarum!
89 – Scary Go Round

In these modern days, when we get most of our entertainment from the TV and the Internet, it’s sometimes easy to forget that, in the bygone era of Guttersnipe, most people got their entertainment from hayrides, public hangings and carnivals.  So we might scoff at the dark carnival, but, if the historical records left to us by noted historians like Ray Bradbury are any indication, it’s obvious that this was a real problem in the 20s and 30s.  Almost every Hooverville has a story about that day when the residents awoke bright and early to find that sinister forces had erected a circus during the night.

In some parts of the country, dark carnivals continued to operate well into the 1950s, but they were eventually replaced by other forms of dark entertainment, like mysterious cannisters of unlabeled film found in the abandoned theater basement and websites that kill you.

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  1. Taral Wayne

    I know that funhouse. It used to be at the Canadian National Exhibition every Fall, for years. Alas, the last time I saw it was sometime in the 1980s, when the CNE began to lose all its best attractions — the timberjack race up matching pine trees, the Canadian Armed Forces recruiting marathon, the palace of horses, the butter sculptures, the exhibit of Elsie the Contented Cow… the list just goes on. I miss those days.

  2. admin

    Fun fact: Later on, they used it as the Mister Bonestripper roller coaster in Nothing but Trouble!

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