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"All the World loves a Clown." ~ Cole Porter

Alas, our renowned founder and namesake is no longer with us. No one seems quite sure where he's got off to.

The Clowns say he suddenly saw the error of his ways and became a missionary with the Manna Foundation to atone for his misdeeds.

The Carnies say he finally ran afoul of a beast even he couldn't tame, and whatever's left of him now fertilizes a patch of brown grass somewhere.

The Man with the Upside Down Face says good riddance.

Whatever his fate, it is certain that Herman Fuller is gone, and surely someone somewhere must mourn him.

But the show must go on.

Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages, Herman Fuller's Circus of the Disquieting is proud to announce our new Master of Ceremonies. She started off as just another runaway, but through sheer talent and determination she's clawed her way up from magician, to Clown, to troupe leader and now to the Ringmaster of the Circus itself! I give you the beautiful, the astonishing, the magical Icky!

Come with us now on a mindboggling journey through the impossible. Glimpse the wonderous magic the powers-that-be conspire to keep hidden. Experience the awe and terror of a world that forever lies just out of view.

Welcome to Dread & Circuses!

Opening Acts:

  1. Clown Breeding 101 with Prof. Richard C Normus ~ "My Grampie once turned a kid inside out, I shit you not."

Headlining:

  1. Former Assets ~ "You're not afraid of clowns, are you?"
  2. Fuller Than Full! ~ "He let out one final scream, and then popped like a balloon."
  3. Fuller's Fantastic Fun-lover's Funhouse ~ “Fun-lovers? That’s what you call those… milking creatures, right?”
  4. Your Call Is Important To Us ~ “OH GOD, IT’S NOT A DRILL! I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A DRILL! EVERYBODY PANIC!”
  5. She Remembered Me ~ "Sing once again with me, our strange duet."
  6. Freaky Commodities II: Freak Harder ~ "I…may have left a Sarkist and a Mekhanite together in the same room.”
  7. There Are No Strings On Me ~ “Are you out of your mind? Do you know who you’ve got? Icky will send the whole Circus after you to get her back!”
  8. So They Called Him Darke ~ "He immersed himself in the Darkness, sustained himself on the Darkness, empowered himself with the Darkness."

Sideshows:

  1. Saccharina Sweet's Sensationally Sublime Sugar Babies! ~ "They love alliteration at the Circus."
  2. The Marvellously Macabre Mechanical Marionette Matinee! ~ "If I ever get free, I'll be hellbent, on making them my merry merry marionettes!"
  3. Papa's Precociously Provocative Pickl'd Punkz! ~ "Does a mind-controlled, fusion powered mech-suit count as reasonable?"

Promotional Materials:

  1. Herman Fuller Presents: Icky the Magic Clown ~ "I decided at a young age that I wasn't going to let fear stop me from being who I am."
  2. Herman Fuller Presents: The Amazing Zoltan ~ "Anyway, he comes into the shop wanting us to make him a philosopher's stone out of molasses."

The main reason I created this series was to finish what PeppersGhost started. He briefly mentioned a female Ringmaster in SCP-2094, with the clear intention of setting up a further narrative that was never followed up on. PeppersGhost did have an overall arc he intended to tell with Herman Fuller, but this arc was left incomplete. In private e-mails with PeppersGhost he informed me of his overall plan for the Circus, and with his continued input I hope to complete it myself to the best of my ability.

Why do this? Well, I like the Circus partially because in some ways it's the exact opposite of the Foundation. When The Administrator found his first anomaly, he decided it was something to be locked up and kept secret forever. When Herman Fuller found his, he decided to pitch a tent and charge admission. My ideology towards the anomalous is actually closer to that of the Serpant's Hand's than it is to the Foundation's. Not everything anomalous is dangerous, and the Foundation's policy of locking every anomaly up 'just in case' is both immoral and to Humanity's detriment. One of my favourite SCPs is 8900-EX because it illustrates the Foundation's edict of preserving the status quo, even if changing the status quo would be a good thing. The Circus is a place where people can see actual magic, and where anomalous people have more freedom than they would in containment.

I also have a fondness for the early days of the Foundation; whacky senior staff, insane cross testing, etc. The Circus gives me a venue to write in that style that would otherwise not be acceptable.

I will do my best to continue the story PeppersGhost started, and maybe one day the tale of Herman Fuller's Circus of the Disquieting will be known in its entirety.

P.S. I hope for this to be a Canon some day, so if you're interested in contributing to Dread & Circuses please contact DrChandraDrChandra.

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