Today I welcome author Charie D La Marr to the blog to tell us a bit about her new circuspunk release, Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie....
So why, do you ask, does a person who spent
nine years wearing the motley suddenly start writing stories where clowns blow
up? First of all, that is only a part of Circuspunk. Circuspunk can bring in
any other genres that you want—from romance to sci fi and everything inbetween.
The stories include circuses, carnivals and fairs, midways, freak shows and
sideshows, clown, magicians, freaks, acrobats, carnies … all of it!
And the reason is simple. Behind all that
splatter and funk, I love the circus! This is a very irreverent, but loving
look at a subject near and dear to my heart. But I just got tired of hearing
people say, “I hate clowns!” I would show them my picture and they would agree
that as a clown, I was adorable, but they still hated clowns and wanted to see
them wiped off the face of the earth. So I decided, if people want to blow up
clowns, let’s do it MY way—with tongue firmly planted in cheek. And so
Circuspunk was born. I hope that it makes people laugh and desensitizes that
Now, that is not to say that I don’t
understand clown phobia in children. As a clown, I took many courses in the
psychology of children and how to handle them. I understand that we raise our
kids telling them not to talk to strangers. And yet the first time they see a
clown, they push the kid into the clown’s arms and get out the camera. I would
freak too if my parents made me hug the strangest person I ever saw! I learned
to get down to their level, stay back and talk softly and work to gain their
trust until they came to me. I would talk about what was on their t-shirts,
what their favorite subject in school was, anything to loosen them up and gain
their confidence. And the truth was, I ended up in literally thousands of baby
books because I never met a kid who ended up not liking me.
Sadly, I cannot say the same of their
parents. I was a performing clown. I did magic shows, I walked around with
magic tricks in my pockets and puppets. I was not a gumball machine. I didn’t
give out cheap trinkets or make animal balloons. I saw way too many parents
allow young ones to suck on those balloons and once saw a kid have to have a
cheap ten cent ring pulled out of her throat.
My message is simple. Love us. We walk
around all day in costumes that sometimes weigh close to ten pounds with wigs
and full makeup in the hot sun. We get shin splints from working on unforgiving
concrete surfaces. We work hard taking classes and keeping our skills and
talents sharp and growing. And we ask nothing more from you than a smile. Is
that a lot to ask for?
BUMPING NOSES AND CHERRY PIE is a book of
short stories in a brand new genre—Circuspunk. It contains 26 stories about the
circus, carnivals, sideshows, midways and fairs featuring clowns, magicians,
freaks, carnies and the crazy cast of characters that go along with them.
"This ain't your mama's roller coaster ride! That is unless
your mama does acid before hitting the amusement park!” says Mimi Williams,
author of Beautiful Monster. "Hate clowns or love them, you are going to
enjoy reading her zany and sometimes poignant look at a world we both love",
adds Jim Rose of the Jim Rose Circus and author of Freaks Like Me. This is a
wild ride of stories that begins with the rape of a circus poodle by one of the
show’s rescue mutts and doesn’t let up until an overweight daredevil Elvis
impersonator becomes a circus stuntman—diving 35 feet into a flaming kiddie
pool of water. In between, the combination of satire, splatter and the wild and
wacky will have you laughing, with brief respites of stories that will touch
your heart and make you think. A professional clown for 9 years, Ms. La Marr
tells it like it, like it should be and like those of you who with clown phobia
would like it to be. Put on your rubber nose, put your big shoes up on the
coffee table and enjoy BUMPING NOSES AND CHERRY PIE. The first Circuspunk book
Distantly related to Mary Shelley on her
father’s side, CHARIE D. LA MARR has created a genre called Circuspunk which is listed at Urban Dictionary.
BUMPING NOSES AND CHERRY PIE is her first work in her new genre. She also has
upcoming stories in Alex S. Johnson's heavy metal anthology Axes of Evil and
Shwibly Magazine, James Ward Kirk's Bones and Ugly Babies 2, In Vein for the
benefit of St. Jude’s Hospital, Chupa Cabra’s We Walk Invisible, Dynatox
Ministries’ Witches!, Ripple Effect for Hurricane Katrina relief, Surreal
Grotesque,Oneiros’ Books CUT UP! and other anthologies. She was September's
featured writer at Solarcide.
She is known for writing in many different genres
from crime to bizarro to erotica and even Seussian. She is currently editing a
Circuspunk anthology trilogy called The New Whakazoid Circus—the Greatest Show
on Paper. And she has just sold a bizarro book to James Ward Kirk Fiction
called Squid Whores of the Fulton Fish Market.
A redhead with
a redheaded attitude, she lives in NY with her mother and son (who works for
her as her PA) and fur children Bailey Corwin, Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel. She
has a degree in Interior Design, Summa Cum Laude, from New York Institute of