Carnival - Circus - Sideshow




 Photo Galleries of Book Covers


Sideshow Book Covers List A - L   


Sideshow Book Covers List M - Z


The Book of Wonderful Characters








This list is gathered for and by those who want to dig into the history of sideshows. Much of it is possible through the courtesy of James Taylor, Slim Price, Amy Johnquest and many others who have shared and will share information that will help to make this list more complete.  If you have book information you would like to add please contact me HERE


A Pictorial History of The American Carnival, Vol 1-111, Joe McKennon, Carnival Publishers of Sarasota, 1972


All About Carnivals, Gene Sorrows, American Federation of Police, 1985


America In Wax, Gene Gurney,  Crown Publishere Inc. 1977


P.T. Barnum: America,s Greatest Showman, Phillip Kunhardt, Jr., Phillip B. Kunhardt 111, and Peter W. Kunhardt, Alfred A. Knopf, 1995


Buckland,s Curiosities of Natural History, Francis Buckland. The Batchworth Press, 1948


Carnival Gaffs, Walter Gibson, Gambler,s Book Club, 1976


Carnival, Arthur H. Lewis, Trident Press, 1970


Circus Lingo, Joe McKennon, Carnival Publishers of Sarasota, 1980


The County Fair Carnival - Where the Midway Meets the Grange, Chemung County Historical Society, 1992


Curiosities Of Human Nature, S.G. Goodrich, Bradbury & Soden, 1843


Eve and The Apes. Emily Hahn, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1988


Freak Show: Sideshow Banner Art, Carl Hammer and Gordon Bosker Chronical Books 1996


Freak Show Man - The Autobiography of Harry Lewiston, as told to Jerry Holtman, Holloway House Publishing Co. 1968


Freaks! Vol 1 - 5, Chris Fellner


Freaks - We Who Are Not As Others, Daniel P. Mannix, Pocket Books,



Freaks,Geeks, and Strange Girls - Sideshow Banners Of The Great American Midway, R. Johnson, J. Secreto, & T. Varndell eds., Hardy Marks Publications, 1995


Weird & Wonderful: The Dime Museum in America. New York University Press, 1997.


Special Cases: Natural Anomalies and Historical Monsters. Rosamund W. Purcell. Chronicle Books, San Francisco. 1997.


Freaks: Myths & Images of the Secret Self. Leslie Fiedler. New York: Anchor Books, 1978. Collectors & Curiosities: Paris and Venice, 1500 - 1800. Krzysztof Pomian. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1990.


Finders Keepers: Treasures and Oddities of Natrual History, Collectors from Peter the Great to Louis Agassiz. Jay Gould New York: W. W. Norton, 1992.


Signs & Portents: Monstrous Births from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Dudley Wilson. London: Routledge, 1993.


On Monsters & Marvels. Ambroise Pare translated by Janis L.

Pallister. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1982.


Anomalies & Curiosities of Medicine. George M. Gould and Walter L. > Pyle. New York: Bell Publishing, 1973.


"The Petrified Man," in A Curtain of Green and Other Stories. Eudora Welty. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1979.


"Those Extraordinary Twins," in Pudd'nhead Wilson and Other Tales. Mark Twain. Many editions. Oxford University Press.


On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir,

 the Collection. Susan Stewart. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1993.


Freak Shows. Robert Bogdan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.


Grind Show - Weirdness As Entertainment, Fred Olen Ray, American - Independent Press, 1993


Historical Fairground Scenes, Michael E. Ware MoorlandPublishing Co, Inc., 1989


The History Of Noell's Ark Gorilla Show, Mae Noell, Noell,s Ark Publisher, 1979


Human Oddities Of The Circus And Sideshow Of Yesterday And Today -Complete List And Descriptive Text, Bernard L. Kobel , 1974


Humbug - The Art Of P.T. Barnum, Neil Harris, Little, Brown and Company, 1973


Indian Circus, Mary Ellen Mark,  Chronicle Books, 1993


Inside Teradome: An Illustrated History Of Freak Film, Jack Hunter , > Creation Books, 1995


The Life Of Buffalo Bill, William F. Cody > Senate Western Classics, 1994


The Little People - An Illustrated Look At Some Of The World's Most Engaging Men and Women, Hy Roth and Robert Cromie,  Everest House, 1980


The Loves And Lives Of The Hilton Sisters, Daisy and Violet Hilton, Wonder Book Co. - No Date


The Making Of The Wizard Of Oz, Aljean Harmetz, Pavillion Books Limited, 1989


Modern Primitives, V.Vale and Andrea Juno eds. RE/ Search Publications, 1989


Monster Midway - An Uninhibited Look At The Glittering World Of The Carny, William Lindsay Gresham, Rhinehart & Company, Inc., 1953


The Monster Show,: A Cultural History Of Horror, David J. Skol, W. W. Norton and Company, 1993


My Very Unusual Friends, Ward Hall, 1991


Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham, > Carrol & Graf Publishers, Inc. 1974


Pandemonium, - "Special Freaks, Magicians, and Movie Stars issue, > Living Color Productions, 1989


Step Right Up!, Dan Mannix,  Harper & Brothers, 1951


Sir Benjamin Stone's pictures: Records Of National Life And History,

 Vol 1, Festivals, Ceremonies And Customs, Sir Benjamin Stone, Cassel

 and Co. Lmtd ,No date.


Struggles And Triumphs, P.T. Barnum > Penguin Classics, 1981


Very Special People - The Struggles, Loves And Triumphs Of Human Oddities, Frederic Drimmer Amjon Publishing, 1973


James Taylor,s Shocked And Amazed! On and Off The Midway, Volume 1 - 7 James Taylor, Dolphin - Moon Press and Atomic

Books Of Baltimore, Maryland


James Taylor,s  On and Off The Midway, James Taylor, Dolphin - Moon Press and Atomic Books Of Baltimore, Maryland


Memoirs Of A Sword Swallower, First Photo - Illustrated Edition, Daniel P. Mannix, V/Search Publications, 1950 - 1951


The Two, The Story Of The Original Siamese Twins, A Biography, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace, Simon and Shuster, 1978


Freakery: Cultural specticals of the extraordinary body. Edited by Rosemarie Garland Thomson. New York University Press 1996.


The Biggest, The Smallest, The Longest, the Shortest, A chronical of the American Circus fron its heartland. Dean Jenson, Wisconsin House Book Publishers, 1975


Step Right Up! The Adventure Of Circus In America, LaVahn G. Hoh & William H. Rough, Betterway Publications, Inc.1990 "- Note: Not a mistake!

For more information please contact us here


Back to Main


All photos are the property of their respective owners whether titled or marked anonymous.

"Sideshow WorldTM" is the sole property of John Robinson All rights reserved.

is the sole property of John Robinson All rights reserved.

 E-Mail Sideshow World     E-Mail The Webmaster