Le Mysterieux Carnival of Life


“The gypsy who was conducting the show announced:  
‘And now, ladies and gentlemen, we are going to show the terrible test of a the woman who must have her head chopped off every night at this time for one hundred and fifty years as punishment for having seen what she should not have.’
José Arcadio and the gypsy girl did not witness the decapitation. They went to her tent, where they kissed each other with a desperate anxiety while they took off their clothes... She was a languid little frog, with incipient breasts... but she had a decision and a warmth that compensated for her fragility. Nevertheless, José Arcadio could not respond to her because they were in a kind of public tent where the gypsies passed through with their circus things and did their business, and would even tarry by the bed for a game of dice.” 
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Someone asked me why I described myself as a “dark fiction writer” when my words focus on things other than horror. I don’t think I write horror; maybe a little terror every now and then, but rarely true horror. I’ve always wanted to learn more about what happens in the darker parts of the human mind. Not particularly the ugly—although there is a lot of that—but the forbidden, the personal, the things some keep hidden for fear of what others might think or say, the bits that make a good story…

The first time I read the passage quoted above, I laughed. I was young, my Wicked Luvs; the idea of two people trying to get it on while others loitered around their bed playing dice, was just too hilarious. Then I began to wonder about the decapitated woman. What did she see?

I’ve imagined all kinds of things: ugly holy secrets, someone fulfilling one of those dark desires he or she won’t ever share with the rest of the world, lies hiding behind millennia-old dogmas, mayhap a powerful person naked and shamed into revealing his or her uncontrollable taste for paid sex…

In the end, I figured that the woman who has to lose her head for one and a half centuries after seeing something forbidden probably visited a night carnival, peered into the a tent labeled life, and saw the same thing other demonized characters have seen throughout myth and history:
 A Mysterious trio sitting behind a table full of wisdom...
...holding signs of knowledge, of truth, of uncertain tomorrows...
 ...and Flynn Rider, in a sparkly witchy dress, hoping to predict someone’s fortune with his big shiny ball
Laugh, my Wicked Luvs; for life is too precious to be taken seriously all the time.
After your cheeks stop hurting, grab your silver ticket...
 
 ...and fly over to Le Mysterieux Carnival.

Last on today’s yumminess list, won’t you join All Hallow’s Grim 2012: The Darker Side of Faerie?
I would be tickled dark and sparkly if we could celebrate the beauty and magic of the uncanny, together ;-)

 Countdown to Halloween 2012 & The Real Witches of Halloween 
. . . because real Witches enjoy fun by the intimate bulk 
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65 comments:

  1. Flynn looks DASHING in his gown ;)

    I love dark psychological thriller types more so than horror ( blood and gore ) myself. The dark corners of the mind are so much scarier than a guy hacking someone with a machete to me...but that is just me lol.

    I love your writing, no matter what you call it!

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    1. I'm all for the dark and creepy that keeps my mind rolling in the sweats of dread for hours after I've finished reading, watching... Blood and Guts, well, okay, but that doesn't really stay.

      And I agree, Flynn is quite the sight ;-)

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  2. I must say, Flynn has excellent taste in gowns. And Knowledge and Truth...ah yes, always the most dangerous things to possess, especially for women.

    Blessings,

    Victoria from Brushstrokes

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    1. It seems that every time a woman (in myth or history) shows remarkable skills that others can label unnatural, the poor gal ends up losing her head or with crispy skin. Too horrible...

      Flynn loves to sparkle. Hence the lifted eyebrow lol

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  3. What she probably saw was God and Satan, kicking back with a cigar,drinks and a deck of cards, plotting how they are going to screw up the human race next!
    ...and the sparkley dress is precious :D XXX

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    1. I wouldn't doubt it. You just reminded me of the conversation between life and death in the TV show Six Feet Under, where they ended up having very naughty sex.

      Thank gods Flynn's dress puts a sparkle to it. Witch Barbie was just too happy to let him borrow it ;-)

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  4. What a terrible fate for the women. Decapitated for 150 years!! Ouch! I don't know what is worse...the actually chopping off of her head or what she witnessed that she shouldn't have?
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. I wonder if whatever she saw was as heartbreaking as I imagine it. Most things hidden with such force are embarrassing, disgusting, and terribly disappointing. I wonder whose mask fell, and why it enraged them so much.

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  5. Great post! Flynn looks mahvelous, darling.

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    1. He just wiggled his eyebrows at you.

      P.S. I took pictures of the biggest bee I've ever seen. And while I was doing it, I told myself, "I can't wait to show Debra!"

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  6. Great info, fun carnival post! Celeste
    http://thevictoriantailor.blogspot.com/

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  7. Dear me, that is the MOST disturbing prognosticator I have ever, ever seen. (And I've seen some). Thank you, for making me spit coffee all over my keyboard.

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    1. I'm always here for you when you need me, Rhissanna. I hope your keyboard is not too mad at me lol

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  8. This is magnificent on so many levels! I was entirely enchanted with the opening quote, mystified by your lyrical prose and images, and then caught in immediate hilarity with Flynn Rider. Sheer perfection to my day. Happy Le Mysterieux Carnival of Life, my wicked love. Mina

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    1. There is very little about Carl Jung that doesn't get me excited and keeps me enchanted, and I know we are Jungian sisters, so I expected you to love it as I do. I've read this book so many times, but I always find something that hits me in a new way ;-)

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  9. Oh Flynn is looking hot in is dress, My Goblin wonders if she would suit it too and who is his Tailor!! Thanks so much for the thought provoking post. WOW it must have been bad 150 Years!OUCH! Thanks for dropping by my blog, Hazelxo

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    1. I will make sure Flynn gets your Goblin's email and they can stay in contact. He didn't find anyone to do his make up, and your Goblin's was to die for ;-)

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  10. I really like your silver ticket - very creative. Thank you for your post. See you in the blogosphere... :-)

    http://www.moonlyf.com/2012/10/le-mysterieux-carnival.html

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    1. Thanks for hosting and for your ever-present inspiration. I love your parties, and that's the reason why I make time every time. I love the fact that you place rules, but give participants enough room to be themselves. Wonderful!

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  11. Oh my, I think I knew that lady. She and I went to college together that was just about 156 years ago. She was one of those knowing types. Poor dear she must have seen...well yes, truth. I love the way your mind works.
    Flynn is darned attractive in his sparkly coutre. You know sometimes, the comments on your blog are the after show of your writing. It's like staying for the credits in a movie......its' a must do. xoxo Oma Linda

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    1. I bet her eyes scared many and made them as self-conscious as the wisdom of your words do to those with a guilty conscience.

      Flynn is sparkling with smiles.

      And I have to agree about the comments. Remember how I used to blog nearly everyday? Well, I stop because I like to give people time to visit so that I can bask in the wit and fun of wicked opinions. delicious!

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  12. Magaly my dear, you are just too funny for words. Seeing Flynn in his sparkly gown had me laughing out loud. Too bad it was with a mouth full of coffee. ;0}

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    1. I hope the coffee didn't go anyplace unwanted lol

      I'm as lucky as you, for today, there was coffee on my keyboard, too. I think it was one of Debra (from She Who Seeks) blog. She is hilarious.

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  13. But the woman never dies. Right? The feminine is killed every day by patriarchal religious types. But they can't destroy her. Eventually enough people believe and she becomes free - to walk amongst us, to heal the earth. I believe that is happening now.

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    1. Nope, she doesn't die. I'm pretty sure she gets stronger, and probably learns more things about how the world works, the same way we've been doing for ages. Until, eventually we get to keep our heads.

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  14. This is great, funny and thought provoking, makes us wonder as you did!

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    1. I'm all about provoking other's into thinking, for it kind of sucks to think all alone. But when we do it as a group the result is pure magic ;-)

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    2. I think i finally have gotten the Video working for my carnival post, and you can stop by for a small(very small) giveaway if you have time! I have been having fun at all the carnival posts this weekend!

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    3. Going back to check it out!

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  15. Hahaha, you're adorable! I love that quote too - I'm currently halfway through Water for Elephants (appropriate timing, I know) and it so reminds me of that!

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    1. I just got Water for Elephants! I can't wait to read it. Do tell me what you think about it when you finish. I'm quite excited about reading it ;-)

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  16. Love your description of dark fiction vs. horror. I think there is this misconception that they are synonymous when in fact they are not. As a horror writer, I thank you :)

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    1. I understand and accept your thanks lol. I feel the same way about the way people confuse Magical Realism with paranormal fiction or fantasy. So every time someone knows the difference, they put a smile on my face ;-)

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  17. I love that sparkly ball and i wonder who dressed Flynn like that? But how could it be anyone but you, right?
    Brightest blessings!

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    1. But he was asking for it. He wanted it. He kept on raising his eyebrow, and telling me, "I dare you Witch." So you know me, I had to do it. I like to make people happy, and myself grin ;-)

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  18. Dark fiction, yum! Oh, and that black angel figurine is beautiful! Now I had better grab my silver ticket; I don't want to miss out! See you at the Carnival :-)

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    1. She is a beauty indeed. I got her a present about five years ago. As soon as I saw her, I knew she was going to take the place of The Crone on my altar. She is just perfect: ageless, beautiful, steady, winged, and faceless. Yes, I like her that much ;-)

      See you by the life tent!

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  19. I’m glad the woman never dies, although it must be unbearable to feel the pain of the blade slicing through her neck. As horrible as it is to have her head chopped off for one hundred and fifty years, has a worse punishment been inflicted upon her? For it is not said that she speaks of the truth she saw. Or did she choose to remain silent and why? Was it a fearful truth that will cause humanity despair? Or was it a truth that will grant us power – a power we’re not yet ready to have? I wonder…

    I like the angel figurine and Flynn's dress is nice but I didn't see any shoes. I think that a pair of purple ballet heel boots will go nicely with the dress.

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    1. I want to imagine that she share the story of her sightings with all, but you are right the tale doesn't quite tell us. I think that is one of the saddest parts of freak shows. We see them, even laugh or are amazed by them, but we don't know them.

      Flynn is grinning and saying, "Yes, yes, yes! Purple ballet heel boots with orange laces!"

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  20. Awesome post and thought provoking indeed. So many of us would love to see behind the hidden veil/curtain, but probably as the poor decapitated woman discovered...the "truth" is often not what we might want it to be! Hmmm, to want to know or not to want to know....always a strange question, lol. Lovely blog and I look forward to visiting again!

    Angela

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    1. No doubt in my mind when it comes to that, I want to know. And I dare them to try to chop my head of for exercising my Nature given right to use my brain. I have a feeling that before something sharp separates my head from my bodies, there will be someone else's parts decorating the ground where I stand.

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  21. Thanks for sharing your view on dark fiction vs horror; dark fiction is so much more than just the horrific monsters, isn't it? True, the dark can be found in much more than plot, in setting and characters. Oh, and Flynn looks absolutely brilliant in his gown. Lovely carnival post!

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    1. Dark fiction comes in some many colors of awesome. The bloody red (reddened by passion, blood, rage, a deep blush, roses...), the blacks of mystery and power, the greys of uncertainty and near-discoveries... so many to enjoy. Flynn seems to be enjoying the orange side of dark these days ;-)

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  22. Flynn is quite the star! How nice to see a fortune teller like him instead of the old dark crone (even though I LOVE crones). You wrote a beautiful and enchanted post. Thank you for my time here.

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    1. I think Flynn in a dress is a fortune many want to see, so I doubt any crone would hold it against you. They've lived more than you and I put together, so they know what makes the blood hot and the mind soft ;-)

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  23. "Oh oh, somebody's FABULOUS!" :D

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    1. Yeah! Glittery and fabulous and ready to get his freak on, um, his carnival on? Well, he's ready to get something on, did you see that look on his face? It says beware, I'm bringing on the glitter this Halloween ;-)

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  24. There is a story intriquing there...what did she see? and HOW does she wake every morning with her head back on??? Very thought provoking!

    come visit my booth!
    http://piecesoffatesusan.blogspot.com/2012/10/le-mysterieux-carnival-psychic-palate.html

    Hugs,
    Susan


    I am thinking on the grim...and the others as well!

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    1. Your question can be answer by saying that vagueness is one of the things I love most (and at times hate) about Magical Realism. Magical Realist stories allow the mind the create critically. The only way of knowing what happened to the woman, in truth, is to create your own story in your own head. That being said I would believe that different people would give her different outcomes. I see her free and seeing truth; and speaking of it to all.

      I'm off to visit you. Yay, about All Hallow's Grim ;-)

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  25. LOL I am laughing so hard at Flynn, I am crying!

    This link party has been so much fun! I love your silver ticket, by the way...

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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    1. Flynn has that effect on women... and lately, on men, too lol

      Thanks a bunch. I'm glad you liked my ticked ;-)

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  26. My cheeks are hurting lady! LOL! Thanks for the laugh ;o) I wish I looked that good in a dress! LOL Hugs ;o)

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    1. I'm always wondering about whether or not I am the only person whose cheeks ache from too much laughter. You've solved the mystery. No wonder I love you so much ;-)

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  27. I love how you write Magaly and I love how you shared your insight into how your thoughts on the story shifted as you got older/wiser. It's great when stories push us to think outside our comfort zone. And yes my cheeks were hurting after you revealed Flynn in his sparkly frock! Thank you for sharing and always being a smiling presence at my parties :)

    Anna

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    1. I think that art that doesn't bleed is worthless. I want my art to be worth others' time, so I bleed in laughter. I'm glad you like the color of my words and where my thoughts take the tales.

      It is impossible not to love your parties. Everything you do comes painted in pure life and asking everyone, "Swim in me." I just jump in ;-)

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  28. One Hundred Years of Solitude, one of my favorite reads. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your insightful posts, they are so freeing. I should really live life with the if you don't like it, I don't give a ( you know what ) attitude. Keep being you Magaly!

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    1. It is difficult not to like One Hundred Years of Solitude. Or at least enjoy it, if the genre is not for us. The book is a mine of knowledge.

      I'm glad you enjoy the posts and find them more than entertaining. That makes me smile ;-)

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  29. When I went home this Summer, one of the books I picked for reading was "Hundred years of solitude". I read it before, but this time I started seeing deeper meaning in each character and the plot itself.Its a fascinating novel about secrets a mind can conceal and eyes can see.It somehow relates to your post "skeletons in your closet", isn't it?

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    1. Skeletons are everywhere in One Hundred Years of Solitude! Some of them even speak. I love to hear I'm not the only one who reads Márquez over and over; the man is that exciting!

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  30. Magaly!
    How bewitching you are!
    I read once that fortune tellers were punished by having their heads removed then sewn back on backwards , for trying to read the future:(
    They would spend eternity looking back instead...
    Creepy yeah?
    I love your thoughts on it:)
    Thank you for participating
    (and sorry I'm so late!)

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    1. Well, thank you, my lady. You are quite magical yourself. By the way, I shall publish a bit of poetry that includes our Celeste in a few days. I'm excited about that ;-)

      On the uglier side, there are places where fortune telling remains a crime--that saddens me. Life is such a strange thing sometimes...

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  31. Oh how I love my Lady boys. Flynn is definitely a competitor for Ru Pauls drag race. Thank you for sharing. I had such a wonderful laugh.
    I am running a little late for my party but I would love for you to visit.

    http://candydelane.typepad.com/curiosities/2012/10/carnivale-de-curiosite.html

    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

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