Tales from some of today’s leading UF writers are compiled in this collection of short stories involving carnivals. The background knowledge required for the stories varies: Some are true stand-alones while others star characters that are part of a author’s larger oeuvre. A “short story” should not require a reader to invest in a whole series to fully enjoy it. That being said, the tales that successfully stand alone are dark and fun and do a delicious job highlighting the creep factor inherent in traveling carnivals. At nearly 450 pages, it’s a surprisingly weighty read and a perfect choice to flip through during the season of fairs and festivals.