Mackintosh’s tendency is to the dark and the gothic. From the opening story “The first Circus of the New Year” with its atmosphere of high decadence and bloody resolution we are off for a circus ride among the deranged and decadent. “Advertising Autoerotic Asphyxiation” borders the Society of the Spectacle and William S Burroughs’ fixation with hanging and his cynical approach to the modern media, which lurks in the background of most of the stories: the hunger of the mob for blood or indeed circuses.
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