"Hell's Menagerie" A Charlie Madigan short story
Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy’s biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world. . . . In Kelly Gay's "Hell's Menagerie", Emma, Rex, and Brim find more than they bargained for as they traverse hell, tracking down a macabre carnival where beasts and being are put to the ultimate test in matches to the death.
Join Rachel Caine; Rob Thurman; Kevin Hearne; Seanan McGuire; Jennifer Estep; Allison Pang; Kelly Gay; Delilah S. Dawson; Kelly Meding as they traverse the traveling carnival, a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker's seductive call.
It is a place of illusion—is that woman's beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box? And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.
Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.