It’s Only Funny If You Laugh: The Haunting of the Midlands Amusement Park

In 1972, the Red Bozos were the friendliest faces in frenetic Midlands Amusement Park: security personnel, yes, but they were more than that, for lost children seeing one of those garish outfits and the sympathetic smile on the painted face atop it knew they would soon be reunited with their parents. Except once in a while…

Flash forward four and a half decades: Midlands is a ghost park. Closed long ago and nearly forgotten, even by the locals, it sits shrouded in undergrowth and hill-topping forest surrounded by upscale new homes. Ringed with a decaying fence, hidden from sight, it presents a huge temptation to a group of bored, thrill-seeking youths who are about to learn that terror is, in fact, immortal.

(Strong language, adult content, graphic violence, sexual situations. Not suited for younger listeners or sensitive types.)

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In 1972, the Red Bozos were the friendliest faces in frenetic Midlands Amusement Park: security personnel, yes, but they were more than that, for lost children seeing one of those garish outfits and the sympathetic smile on the painted face atop it knew they would soon be reunited with their parents. Except once in a while…

Flash forward four and a half decades: Midlands is a ghost park. Closed long ago and nearly forgotten, even by the locals, it sits shrouded in undergrowth and hill-topping forest surrounded by upscale new homes. Ringed with a decaying fence, hidden from sight, it presents a huge temptation to a group of bored, thrill-seeking youths who are about to learn that terror is, in fact, immortal.

(Strong language, adult content, graphic violence, sexual situations. Not suited for younger listeners or sensitive types.)

  • Candela Clowns around with time travel

    Bennett hits the ground running with the narration, and plays each character to a tee. You really feel his inner jerk coming out, as well as his shy introvert. He gives each character a voice of their own, even the ones that don't talk. He fits with this story, and is easy to listen to.

  • Clowns - NO!

    Gary Bennett delivers (as always) a fabulous performance in this story.

  • clowns

    The book was narrated by Gary Bennett. He done a really good job with all the voices. Even the female voices. He kept my attention all the way through the book as well.

  • Fun slasher story. Creepy and graphic. Very good!

    The narration was handled quite well by Gary Bennett. He was able to convey the sense of urgency that the characters feel trying to escape the nightmare that has befallen them.

  • Atmospheric and great!

    The story has a haunting, nostalgic undercurrent that slowly builds in tension, and exactly captures the feeling of what it must be like to be a child in a haunted park like this. The narration only reinforces that.