Circus Tarot

Rated 3.88 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)




4 Stars “This is not your typical walk in the park horror either! It is a creative twist with one of the most original settings I have seen in a long time!” – Kriss Morton

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Stephen King’s IT, and cult movie classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Charles W. Jones brings the first installment of the Circus Tarot Trilogy.

In the strange land of World Circus, Mary and Darrin discover they aren’t in their safe, dull life any longer, but have taken the identity of one of the cards from the Circus Tarot. After a terrorizing encounter, resulting in death, they learn the bizarre rules of the land, and discover that the denizens of the sinister World Circus want more than to entertain them.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 5 x 0.6 x 8 in
Book Format

epub, kindle, pdf, paperback

9 reviews for Circus Tarot

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazon Customer

    Creepy story! I found this novel well written and developed. I enjoyed the tarot theme and clowns are always scary. A fine book by a talented author. Great value and recommended for horror fans.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Karen Ingalls

    A fascinating tale of a world of the tarot cards. Very imaginative and creative. I did have trouble keeping all the characters straight at the beginning. I must give this 4 stars because of many grammatical and spelling errors requiring some editorial expertise.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Patricia A. Guthrie

    Yes, this is a book for horror/fantasy fans. Also, as the description labels, one can see the influences of Alice in Wonderland, but also of Stephen King’s “It,” and Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Someone else suggested, don’t read it before bed. All of the above.

    Darrin and Mary inherit a pack of tarot cards from an old women in the shop where Mary works. They play around with it and find themselves in an alternate world, an alternate reality. They have to figure out not only how to get home, but how to survive the many characters that inhabit the tarot cards. They find that in normal circumstances, each card has a good purpose, but when “flipped” their purpose becomes bizarre, dangerous and what’s worse, they never see it coming.

    This would be a great YA novel, if it weren’t for some graphic sex and violence scenes. Exciting as the story is, I’ve found many grammatical errors and editing problems, and many instances of characters floating into scenes where they do not belong. However that may be, it’s still a scary read and well-worth the time.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    I like the way the author goes right to the heart of the story. It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t know what hit me. But then it started coming to gether and I couldn’t put the book down. Next to the Ouija Board this is an out-of-this world adventure. Hold on to your seat as this is one bumpy ride from beginning to end. Don’t read this book if your heart is squeamish, as you might have nightmares. Good job handling those characters.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    D.L. Finn

    This was a clever and interesting horror story. I kind of felt like I fell down the rabbit hole, which I saw this was inspired by– that certainly described the story line. There were some very gruesome details that I didn’t linger too long in, but they fit the story. That is just something I do when I read horror (or any genre) but I am still a huge fan of it. I loved the idea of going into the cards and how all those characters interacted with each other. Of course, not being a fan of clowns, that made it even more terrifying for me. I am not sure I got to know the main couple well enough before their journey began, but over the book I saw more sides to them. “Circus Tarot” is a ‘terrifying’ read for those who love a good story-driven horror tale.

  6. Rated 3 out of 5

    Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

    I applaud the author’s knowledge of Tarot Cards in this story. I wish I knew enough of this card to understand and follow the story. There were just too many characters intertwining in and out of the story that I lost count.

    This story was about the images of these cards that have a life of their own, and the tricks they use in drawing people into their world. By simply touching these card, one is transported into the world of these cards. A world full of all sorts of dangers, a land of no-return.

    When Mary, first, and then Darrin her husband were inadvertently drawn into this world, they found out that the only way out was for them to send replacements for themselves, and others, to this card world. Very frightening!

    Although I did not quite understand this story, because of the many technicalities used by the author, there is a need for a more thorough editing of this book.

  7. Gracie Bradford, Author

    OMG! The CIRCUS is nothing like I have read before. A strong story-line! A plot derived from a deck of cards is unusually creative. At first, I started to put the book down because I did not understand the flow. Once you get beyond chapter three, the real gist of the story emerges, however, on several occasions throughout the book, there were a few character transition problems that appeared to be in a paragraph that they did not belong. Although, continuing to read was well worth the journey. The author crafted characters in ways that only a visionary writer can do. Not knowing anything about tarot cards, I was drawn to learn more. The author skillfully transforms people from their human existence into a world of evil circus characters and back to humans just with a touch of a card and a few more exciting ways. The readers will float through drama, love scenes, murder, and out of this world horror/fantasy. Who knew a deck of cards could be so mesmerizing?

  8. Rated 3 out of 5


    well cos the reviews said dont read it before bed of course i did. Am being schooled in being able to watch scarey movies so this was just another lesson. Loved the antique use of the word ‘purchase’.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kriss Morton


    I had no clue what I was in for when I started reading this novel. (I want it noted that I have a serious phobia about clowns, this novel helped make it even more so.)

    Set inside a pack of tarot, all the elements of a true fairy tale are here (the original fairy tales were not light and sweet.. there were witches eating children after all). We have the bad guys, the good guys, the crazy guys, the flesh eating guys, the magic casters, the hero, the damsel in distress and the list goes on!

    This is not your typical walk in the park horror either! It is a creative twist with one of the most original settings I have seen in a long time! PERFECT to get for anyone who wants a new take on the horrors of clowns! OH but it is more than just clowns, it has everything for everyone! I was on edge with each turn of the page!

    I have “FLIPPED” for this book! Drawn from the on the aspect of tarot cards and their meanings, each has been interwoven into the story of what happens when the suit is ‘flipped’. Anyone who reads tarot knows that the card drawn flipped means something different. However, even if you did not know this, the book will tell you what happens when the Nine of Buckets is flipped… let’s just say you may become dinner OR dessert! Obviously well researched, the author has a great grasp in how the tarot works. Putting it into a story as he did made it not only terrifying but truly delightful!

    Keep the lights on when you read it. I fell asleep reading this and had dreams I do wish I could forget!

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