Title: Put on a Happy Face
Author: Christopher Golden
In: Blood Lite III (Kevin J. Anderson)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Comedy, Easy reading, Fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Gallery Books
5th sentence, 74th page: He’d asked the demon Polichinelle for his heart’s desire – to be the funniest clown in the circus.
Benny wants to be the funniest clown in the circus, but how far will he go to achieve his dreams?
We all know the quintessential class clown. Some people think they’re funny. Some think they’re irritating. Some just ignore them. But, regardless of our approach to such people, we all have a memory of someone who, at the very least, thought that they were funny (and in some cases, were).
Benny, the hero of this short story is one such person – a class clown. Who eventually becomes a clown. And then makes a deal with the devil…
As with all of the short stories that I love, there was a surprise ending. And, it left me laughing quietly, in a slightly sick, sadistic, twisted kind of way…
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