Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

Circuses are quite frequent settings for fantasies (especially Dark Fantasies), Supernatural Fictions and Horror stories. Although the details of the backdrop they offer differ from those of the carnival, in essence the two venues are interchangeable, so the main discussion is under Carnival. [JG]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.