Re: RARA-AVIS: Bearded Ladies

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 10 May 2003

> Carnival Queen by Richard Wormser, a three part serial that ran in Argosy
> Magazine beginning in the April 3, 1937 issue.

I've read this. It's not very hardboiled, but it's a good story. Wormser wrote quite a few serials for Argosy, including one I've always wanted to read entitled "Gorilla Cargo". A pulp author named John Wilstach seemed to specialize in circus and carnival stories. I've read a novella of his in Argosy called "Wagon Show War".

> The Freak Show Murders in the May 1944 issue of The Shadow, by then a

I've read this, too. Don't remember much about it, but I generally don't like The Shadow stories from the Forties too much.


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