Charles G. Finney - The Circus of Dr Lao - Orion Publishing Group

The Circus of Dr Lao

By Charles G. Finney

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A dazzling and macabre masterpiece of dark fantasy in the tradition of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.

To the residents of Abalone, Arizona, a sleepy southwestern town whose chief concern is surviving the Great Depression, the arrival of a circus in town is a chance to forget their woes for a while. But this is the circus of Dr. Lao and instead of relief, the townsfolk are confronted with an array creature seemingly straight out of mythology: a chimera, a Medusa, a sphinx, a sea serpent and, of course, the elusive, ever-changing Dr. Lao. As the circus unfolds, it spins events towards a climactic final act that will change the lives of Abalone's residents for ever.

Biographical Notes

Charles G. Finney (1905 - 1984)
Charles Grandison Finney was an American news editor and fantasy novelist. His first novel and most famous work, The Circus of Dr. Lao, won one of the inaugural National Book Awards in 1935, and was filmed by George pal as The 7 Faces of Dr Lao.

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  • ISBN: 9781473213678
  • Publication date: 07 Jan 2016
  • Page count: 160
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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