Circus, Carnival, & Sideshow-Related Books, Fiction and Non-FictionThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (of course)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others by Daniel Mannix
Under the Big Top: A Season With the Circus by Bruce Feiler
The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy by Stewart O'Nan (warning: very disturbing and sad)
And I have not yet read Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. People who know me tell me I will love it. I'll get to it by the end of the year, I hope.
Circus, Carnival, & Sideshow-Related Viewing
Freaks (1932), directed by Tod Browning
The Wedding Feast scene
The Unknown (1927), also directed by Tod Browning, starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford
a clip from The Unknown
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928), directed by Herbert Brenon, also starring Lon Chaney with a very young Loretta Young (you may watch the whole movie, sans soundtrack, on YouTube)
He Who Gets Slapped (1924), directed by Victor Sjostrom, once again starring my hero, Lon Chaney, alongside Norma Shearer and John Gilbert. This was a very prestigious film, based on a famous Russian play. It is also one of my very favorite movies. And by the way - I love old-fashioned clowns!
a clip from He Who Gets Slapped
Carnivale (2003-2005), HBO. A traveling carnival, but it shares an atmosphere with the best of the darker circus movies.
"Humbug," The X-Files, Season 2, Episode 20. My favorite X-Files episode. (The X-Files is currently available for streaming on Netflix.)
a famous little clip from my favorite episode
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), directed by Stephen Chiodo. Yep, I went there.
And last, I did say I had one more kiddie movie that I just had to feature. Because it's my favorite Disney movie of all time - one of my favorite movies of all time - and my favorite circus movie, too.
What is there not to love about Dumbo (1941)? I think it's the perfect Disney movie. You can actually find the whole movie on YouTube, but I'm pretty sure the Disney company might have a problem with that.
I know I left plenty off this list, and feel free to throw in your favorites, too - please!Follow along with Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes on Facebook, Bloglovin, Instagram, and/or Pinterest!