Crime: Blood and Circuses.

Find Nightmare Alley in the Seattle Public Library catalog.Recently I read a story as part of Thrilling Tales, Seattle Public Library’s storytime for grownups, that was a bit out there even for me: “Spurs,” by the obscure pulp writer Tod Robbins. (You can listen to it here – Fair warning: I had a cold, and I really chewed the scenery on this one). Published in 1923, this was the inspiration for Tod Browning’s 1932 cult classic film Freaks, and it got me thinking about other suspense and mystery writing set amidst the squalid glitter of circuses and sideshows, and so it true librarian fashion, I made a little list. Continue reading “Crime: Blood and Circuses.”