Wednesday, August 10, 2016

#1LineWed- Dark Carnivals and Patent Medicine


  Today’s #1LineWed – 1 Line Wednesday is from a creepy, cool-sounding book from Lee Ryder, author of Carnival of Darkness:

There is beauty in the grotesque, there is also power. ~Hans My Brother’s Keeper

About the Book:
The children all knew the old rhyme their Grandparents whispered to them at night.... 

Beware Ye the Carnival
that comes in the night.
Beware ye the evils hiding
behind those bright lights.
Beware ye, beware the
hypnotic sounds
of music and laughter
and brightly painted clowns.
Beware ye these strangers
from a strange land,
for no soul is safe
at the carnival of the damned.

They heard the warning, yet every year at midnight on All Hallow's Eve the carnival rolls into town. They flock to its gates seeking thrills, chills, and something more sinister...
Do you dare enter the gates of the Carnival of Darkness?

And for something completely different… My #1LineWed – 1 Line Wednesday -  from Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter (coming Sept. 13):
“… Lydia Pinkham’s… a cure for all those powerful complaints and weaknesses so common to our best female population.”

Huh? You have to read the book to learn about the strange connection!! Find out more about Lydia Pinkham.

Lydia Pinkham’s was a herbal remedies firm located in Lynn, Mass. The best-known product, Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, was distributed until the 1930s when the FDA labeling laws forced it to change its ingredients. (Patent medicines back then had huge alcohol content and often opium as well.) 

Guess what? A new herbal version for “women’s problems” is still being sold today (by a pharmaceutical company.) 

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