FREAKS & SIDESHOWS

For fans of carnivals, circuses, sideshows, and human oddities.

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  1. Carny Folk

    Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Sideshow Acts

    $14.95

    Incredible. Remarkable. Shocking. All True. Learn More
  2. Carny Sideshows

    Carny Sideshows: Weird Wonders of the Midway

    $14.95

    Step right up, Ladies and Germs, and feast your eyes on the incomparable wonders of a hidden world! Be astonished! amazed! disgusted! by brazen acts of self-destruction that no natural human body should be able to withstand! Learn More
  3. Chang and Eng

    Chang and Eng: A Novel

    $16.00

    History’s most famous twins. Born in Siam in 1811—on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River—Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Learn More
  4. Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks

    Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks

    $19.95

    Melvin Burkhart the Anatomical Wonder; Zip the Pinhead; Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins; Johnny Eck, the King of the Freaks; Koo Koo the Birdgirl; and 45 more fascinating sideshow freaks both famous and obscure are immortalized in Drew Friedman’s delightful portraits. Learn More
  5. Geek Love

    Geek Love

    $15.95

    GEEK LOVE is the story of a carnival family, the Binewskis. Learn More
  6. Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon

    Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon

    $19.95

    The Jivaro Indians of the Peru-Ecuador interior have long been renowned for their ferocity and cruelty in warfare; they are also shamanistic, communing with ancient spectres through the ingestion of poisonous hallucinogens. But above all, the Jivaro are known for their unique and macabre brand of death magic - the severing and shrinking of human heads. Learn More
  7. On Deception

    On Deception

    $12.95

    Throughout his life, the world’s most famous escapologist strove to expose the methods and tricks of illusionists and sham spiritualists. Learn More
  8. Secrets Of The Sideshows

    Secrets Of The Sideshows

    $19.95

    On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. Learn More
  9. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 6

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 6

    $19.95

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    That's right, brothers and sisters, it's hot and it's here: Vol.6 of James Taylor's SHOCKED AND AMAZED! On & Off the Midway. It's wild! Learn More
  10. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 7

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 7

    $19.95

    On and off the Midway! Coney Island ain't what it used to be. Can you name me one thing that is? The Funny Place! Learn More
  11. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 8

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 8

    $19.95

    On & Off The Midway! The legendary journal about life on the midway and beyond! Truly incredible! Learn More
  12. Shocked & Amazed! Volume 9

    Shocked And Amazed! Volume 9

    $19.95

    On & Off The Midway! Get the point! Learn More
  13. Sideshow U.S.A.

    Sideshow U.S.A.

    $19.00

    Adams reveals images of the freak show, with its combination of the grotesque, the horrific, and the amusing, and how it stubbornly reappears in literature and the arts. Learn More
  14. SideShow

    SideShow: My Life with Geeks, Freaks And Vagabonds in the Carny Trade

    $12.95

    Howard Bone was a sideshow magician virtually his whole working life. Learn More
  15. Snake Oil

    Snake Oil: Life's Calculations, Misdirections, and Manipulations

    $12.95

    The gyp, hoodwink, shuck, sandbag: An artform that has been passed down through generations of hustlers, con men, and freaks. Learn More
  16. Step Right Up

    Step Right Up: Stories Of Carnivals, Sideshows, And The Circus

    $15.00

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    A one-of-a-kind anthology that captures the bizarre romance and mystery of the world's oldest and oddest traveling institution. Learn More
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    The Circus In Winter

    $13.00

    From 1884 to 1939, the Great Porter Circus made the unlikely choice to winter in an Indiana town called Lima, a place that feels as classic as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, and as wondrous as a first trip to the Big Top. Learn More
  18. The Freakshow Murders

    The Freakshow Murders: And A Cat from Siam

    $14.95

    First published in 1943, THE FREAKSHOW MURDERS is a classic, but long-neglected, 9-chapter mystery novella by the king of twisted crime fiction, Fredric Brown. Learn More
  19. The Glorious Deception

    The Glorious Deception

    $16.95

    In a biography woven from equal parts enchantment and mystery, Jim Steinmeyer unveils the secrets behind the most enigmatic performer in the history of stage magic, Chung Ling Soo, the 'Marvelous Chinese Conjurer' - a magician whose daring made his contemporary Houdini seem like the boy next door. Learn More
  20. The Lives And Loves of Daisy And Violet Hilton

    The Lives And Loves of Daisy And Violet Hilton: A True Story of Conjoined Twins

    $19.95

    THE LIVES AND LOVES OF DAISY AND VIOLET HILTON follows the poignant life story of twin sisters who were literally joined at the hip, set against the tumultuous backdrop of America during the first half of the 20th century. Learn More
  21. The Magician And The Cardsharp

    The Magician And The Cardsharp: The Search For America's Greatest Sleight-Of-Hand Artist

    $16.00

    A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans found escape during the Great Depression. Learn More
  22. The Secret Life Of Houdini

    The Secret Life Of Houdini

    $18.00

    The Making Of America's First Superhero. Learn More
  23. The Two-Headed Boy and Other Medical Marvels

    The Two-Headed Boy and Other Medical Marvels

    $19.95

    A successor to his popular book A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, this new collection of essays by Jan Bondeson illustrates various anomalies of human development, the lives of the remarkable individuals concerned, and social reactions to their extraordinary bodies. Learn More
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    Water For Elephants

    $14.95

    As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Learn More
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    Wonder When You'll Miss Me

    $12.99

    Follow sixteen-year-old Faith Duckle in this audacious and darkly funny tale as she moves through the difficult journey from the schoolyard to the harlequin world of the circus. Learn More

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