The new Were-Traveler has been officially released from the depths, and we are now awaiting the first submissions for the first new issue, SuperFreak! Freakpunk 2.
Freakpunk stories are ones that take place at roadside carnivals, town festivals or state or county fairs, traveling circuses, and the like. Clowns can feature as part of the horror, but they don't have to be present for the story to be considered "freakpunk." Creepy carnies (people who work at the carnivals), ride operators who enjoy terrorizing the riders, freak show people...all of these factors encompass the genre of "freakpunk."
I got the idea for freakpunk from the scary tales my grandmother used to tell me about traveling carnivals in in the country areas of the midwest and midsouth (Kentucky, Tennessee) from her childhood. Apparently, these carnivals would pop up in fields on country roads anywhere, stay for a few days and then just disappear. The whole concept seemed creepy as hell to me. I asked her all sorts of the most morbid questions after these stories. Did anyone disappear? Did bad things ever happen? Were there freak shows? She didn't know if bad things ever happened, or if people or kids ever disappeared (opportunity missed to keep a kid like me behaving if you ask me), but sometimes there were freaks. I liked to let my mind wander about the rest. Early plot bunnies that fueled the fantasy and horror writing of my youth.
For more about freakpunk, read the first freakpunk issue from the old Were-Traveler site, found here: Southern Fried Freak Show!
I hope to read your unique and special and creepy freakpunk stories soon.