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Carniepunk, August 2013
by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep

Gallery Books
448 pages
ISBN: 1476714150
EAN: 9781476714158
Kindle: B00A281B5I
Paperback / e-Book
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"Step right up to a creepy and thrilling set of circus tales with this brilliant anthology featuring"

Fresh Fiction Review

Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep

Reviewed by Amber Keller
Posted January 10, 2014

Fantasy Urban | Fantasy Anthology

Urban fantasy's biggest stars align for this strange and fantastic look at The Carniepunk Midway. Rachel Caine writes vampires for "The Cold Girl", and Seanan McGuire has a touching and poignant tale in "Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea". Jennifer Estep has creepy clowns and Kevin Hearne continues with his Iron Druid series in "The Demon Barker of Wheat Street".

As a lover of carnivals, sideshows and the general freakiness of it all, I grabbed up CARNIEPUNK without hesitation. When I saw the noteworthy names gracing the cover, I knew I was in for a treat. Prepare to be frightened, stunned and thrilled with this collection of tales. From paranormal to fantasy to horror, the fourteen stories contained within run the gamut.

You could start with an author you know, or simply start at the beginning, either way you will be entertained. Some of my favorites include the tales from Delilah S. Dawson, Seanan McGuire, Jaye Wells and Kevin Hearne, to name only a few. I'm a lover of anthologies for the quick satisfying thrill they provide, usually leaving me wanting more. It's the adrenalin junkie in me, I guess. CARNIEPUNK is a great collection that does not need to be ignored.

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A star-studded urban fantasy anthology starring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, and Rob Thurman, and including Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole D. Peeler, and Jaye Wells, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals.

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. . . .

RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.”

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