The following are fictional stories by
a fictional person retelling the fictional accounts of
fictional characters based on the movie
The stories in James letters occurs several years before the
events that takes place in the movie. Enjoy
name is Paul White. All my life, since I was a young lad, I
have been interested and fascinated by sideshows and
About a year ago I met a man named James, who actually
worked on a circus sideshow, back in the days, lived the
life, and was accepted in to the outer circle of the inner
circle of the freaks.
James was the Outside Talker for the
sideshow. We became pen pals. Here I
share with you some of the letters
he has sent me through the years.
I retyped the letters to share with
you, but left intact all the
grammatical errors so as to let the
flavor of his letters come through.
Dear Mr. White:
I am please to be able to write
I hope all is well with you and your
family. As promised, here are my
recollections of the freaks, which
ultimately became my friends. Even
though many of them still around and
working on the sideshow, I speak of
them in the past tense, as I am
retelling of them as of the last
time I worked with them.
The Freakshow was in a "10 in 1"
style in a circus setting. It played
small towns, but people came from
far away to see the Freakshow.
Lon - The Circus Owner and Leader
of the Freaks
Lon was known as just man among the
freaks and other workers. He did
treat his people well and paid on
time, most of the time. If money
were short he would talk to us
directly to let us know he could not
meet the payroll. He would ask us to
wait until he was able to pay. We
often did wait for our pay; we knew
he would pay us in time. (Rumors had
it that Lon and Sherri were rich.)
We also knew not to cheat or cross a
man like Lon. He was not a forgiving
man once you got on his bad side.
He was also a family man. He loved
his daughter Kimmie. He took good
care of Sherri, Kimmie's mom, and
others whom he view as his family,
namely, the freaks.
Lon suffered from an illness now
known as neurofibromatosis, which
gave him those horrible boils -
looking knots and lumps all over his
back and face.
His face was a bit scary, hard, lots
of scars, wrinkles and boils with a
protruding front tooth, yet, in his
own way, he was a gentle man.
Lon was the inside talker on the
Sherri - Kimmie's Mom
Sherri was quiet, unassuming, and
stay to herself when she was not
caring for Kimmie and Mongoloid
girl. Her best friend was Margaret,
the Cannibal Girl.
Many people believed that Sherri was
cunning, and actually called the
shots from behind the scenes. Rumors
ran around saying that Sherri was in
fact Lon's sister.
Sometimes she was known as the Seal
Girl due to a deformed hand that
resembled a flipper.
Curtis - The Dwarf
Curtis was the eyes and ears of the
Freakshow. He always knew what was
going on the circus grounds. He also
had a nasty attitude, was at odds
with Lon for one reason or another.
He knew how to push Lon's buttons.
Yet, he was loyal to Lon. For his
size he had a tremendous ego, and a
hallow leg. He could drink with the
best of them.
Curtis was very talented, He could
eat fire, juggle, and ride a
unicycle, and a comedy routine for
Ladies and Kids, while the gentlemen
were watching Cannibal Girl. At
times Curtis was the inside talker.
The Strong Man
The Strong Man was Lon's right hand
man. He was extremely loyal to Lon,
and did all his dirty work. He was
the punisher and disciplinary on the
circus ground. However, among the
freaks, and in front of an audience,
he was a gentle giant of good humor
and on the show his strength was
The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man was act all on his own.
Born with hypertrichosis, he was
impressive in appearance. Dark,
thick hair covered his face and
upper body. Wolf Man was the heart
of the Freakshow, always looking
after the weaker ?family? members
such as Little Kimmie, Mongoloid
Girl, and Elephant Man.
He viewed Lon as a father figure and
was protective of him. Wolf Man
would never talk back to Lon, as if
he had a fear of him. Actually, only
once did I see Wolf Man disagreed or
talked back to Lon. That was the day
that Wolf Boy came into the scene.
I'll tell you more about that later.
Wolf Man saw Little Kimmie as his
little sister. And took care of her
as such. He was very gentle with
children and was known to hide his
face if he saw fear in child's face,
but also he growled and howled like
a werewolf to the horror of others.
The irony was that he hated to hear
people yell and scream.
Elephant Man was Wolf Man's best
friend. They always watch out for
each other. Wolf Man loved to laugh
and found various situations funny.
He also had a taste for fine wine,
and was a good dresser. I for my
part enjoyed talking to him.
The Wolf Boy
One day Lon return from a long trip
and with him was Wolf Boy. He told
us that he adapted Wolf Boy from a
family that was hiding him in a
basement. He was able to convince
his parents that Wolf Boy would have
a better future in the circus.
Wolf Man was furious; he believed
that Lon was going to replace him
with Wolf Boy. This was the first
time I ever seen Wolf Man stand up
Lon was able to convince Wolf Man
that he would continue to be the
main bill, "the star" of the show,
and that Wolf Boy was to be
introduce as Wolf Man's son. Somehow
Wolf Man, finally, decided to go
along with it.
Wolf Man and Wolf Boy kept their
distance from each other but were
gracious to one another in public.
Wolf Man had good reasons to be
worried. Wolf Boy juggled, did the
single trapeze. Wolf Boy was young
Little Kimmie was Lon and Sherri's
daughter. But in truth she was
Every member of the freaks and crew
looked after her. Everyone knew how
na'e, and child like she was, easily
getting into trouble. Kimmie had the
mind of a very young child, looked
to be about ten years old, but as
long as I have known her, she always
look that young.
Kimmie had a limited vocabulary of a
few words. It seemed to consist of
her name and
"Okay." She loved to dance. On
the show she would do a silly dance
with Mongoloid Girl. Children
enjoyed watching her dance and
Whenever Kimmie heard music she
wanted to dance. Whoever was neared
her; she would take them by the hand
and make them dance. It was pathetic
and funny to see Little Kimmie try
to make Elephant Man dance with her.
He did his best, but was limited on
how much he could move. So Kimmie
would become frustrated with him.
Even then, she would make it into a
game. To Little Kimmie, everything
was a game.
On the bally, my favorite person to
have was Margaret the Cannibal Girl.
When she was on the bally I did such
a grind, playing off her, that I
could turn the whole tip.
Once the man were inside the show,
sometimes with their family, the
inside talker, Lon, would announce
that there would be, for an extra
fee, a special show (The blow off)
for "discreet gentlemen," featuring
"The Cannibal Girl."
Men would knock each other out to
get a ticket for the show. Cannibal
Girl did Hoochy Koochy show; I leave
it to your imagination. It was worth
the price of admission!
Margaret was beautiful, angelic, and
innocent looking. But looks were
deceiving. Margaret could hold her
own, and when angry could pack a
mean wallop. She could scratch and
bite like a wild animal. It was said
that she was a man-eater, you missed
with her, and she'll eat you alive.
The Great Riwami and Chef
The Great Riwami had no arms; Chef
was a half man, he had no legs. They
were quite a pair.
Riwami and Chef were best of
friends. Always hanging around
together, well, actually, Chef
hanging from the Great Riwami's
shoulders was a common site. They
were the clowns of the family,
always playing practical jokes on
The Great Riwami could use his feet
as well as anyone could use hands.
On the show he threw knives with his
feet. Chef was a crack with the
whip, and was an acrobat. He was
also the cook, thus the moniker of
The Bearded lady
Was a contortionist and acrobat.
People came to see a bearded lady,
but soon were amazed by her
flexibility, grace, and beauty. She
had a soft voice, and was a good
friend of Curtis.
Mongoloid girl was mentally
retarded, however, she did not
suffer from mongolism. She had a
misshapen forehead, and bizared eyes
that give her an evil appearance,
yet she was gentle and friendly.
Mongoloid Girl and Little Kimmie
were always playing together, they
were like sisters, even though I
never knew if they were in fact
Mongoloid Girls was like the "pin
head" and clown of our show. She
danced and sang as part of her act.
She enjoyed the attention of the
audience, even though she was mocked
and laughed at.
Grotesque is a good word to describe
Elephant Man. His face, head and
left arm were severely deformed. He
had difficult talking, and made a
strange creepy sound when he
When he was eating or drinking, I
had to turn away. At the same time,
I felt sorry for this unfortunate
gymp. He had his own "blow off"
where people with strong
constitution could pay an extra fee
to see" the ugliest man in the
world." Women had been known to
faint as they got a sight of him.
Out of the show he was a nice
person. When Wolf Man was not around
he stayed mostly to himself.
Well. There you have. I hope this
will help in your research.
On my next letter I'll write on how
I became the outside talker for the