A Murder of Crows (AXP): The Bizarre Circus of Wonders

Belladonna’s Circus Bizarre was a seedy little spectacle. The wagons of this once great show had been rolling for almost one hundred and fifty years now, but time and circumstance had taken a vicious toll on its once proud heritage. At the very beginning of its history, the original owners chose to name the glorious three ring spectacular which they created, the Bizarre Circus of Wonders.

The Bizarre’s were a family of otters from the old country, so they really knew how to put on a show, and their show was truly wonder filled. Performers, as acts and as singles, from all over the globe, sought the booking of the greatest big top extravaganza ever. They hired big troupes and small showcases and they made sure all the star headliners were there.

From the Sing Long province came the antics of the Misu Panda Clowns. From the land of the jungle clouds came the Tumbling Monkeys of Mann Troupe. The all important snap and pop of the spectacle’s music was provided by the whacky birds, and bears, and squirrels, of the World of Animals Revue.

And high above the rings flew the most elegant duo of the aerial arts, Raul and Julia Nightthorn. Where this crow couple came from was quite the mystery, and they played to that drama. They seemed to dance on air in their colorful costumes, and the love they had for one another endeared them to the admiring crowds that came just to see them.

The Bizarre Circus of Wonders was magical then, but it was a very different extravaganza now.

In order to keep the spectacle going, the Bizarre’s had made some foolish investments. They borrowed from the wrong animals. They gambled monies away trying to make the payroll. Many of the acts were let go. The adoring throng noticed the show was slipping. Slowly the flow of the crowd began to trickle away.

But the worst was yet to come.

In a moment of money owed panic, in the midst of an emotional longing to bring back a past that would never return, those that remained of the Bizarre family made a deal.

A very bad deal.

Run while you can from your debtors.

She said.

I will invest my money.

She assured.

I will take care of everything.

She promised.

The lady was so elegant in her manner. So endearing in her charms. Her dress and jewels spoke of money and security to the embattled Bizarre’s, and so they signed on the dotted line. They signed away the family circus and put it in her trust. Sadly for them they never saw the crooked little smile or the slight curl at the corners of her mouth.

The Bizarre’s boarded a private coach that whisked them away. Bubbly drink was provided, and as they went each otter had a flute full. They toasted to the future of their long held family legacy. They cheered their new investor’s name and sang her praises.

Somewhere between the town and the seaport the coach came to a stop. The finely dressed coach hares hopped down off their perch, opened the doors of the carriage, and dispatched each and every one of the remaining members of the family Bizarre. They did as the lady had told them to do. Neither the bodies or the hares were ever seen or heard from again.

It was all such an, oh so foolish affair because everyone knows that no matter how elegant or mannered, no matter the dress or the sparkle, a crocodile is rarely to be trusted, and when it came to Belladonna DeRanged well, she was the worst of the lot. There is no point in dwelling on her past. She didn’t have one. She had told so many stories, wove so many guises, that even she couldn’t tell you much about herself.

There was a cruel father and an even crueler mother. That shrew died in an odd accident involving a bucket, a sponge and a locked room. Belladonna was outside the door when the accident she had triggered occurred. The young croc heard her mother call out for help. She listened at the door as the shrew’s beastly life gurgled away.

The father was too powerful to tangle with. She had to be patient and wait until he finally went mad with age. He tortured his daughter until the very last day. He died in his sleep with the help of Belladonna’s favorite pillow. She loved that pillow. She still had it. It was the only thing she took with her when she left her first lair.

03. XPnew

From the author of the Amazon top ten Action Adventure, and Fantasy bestseller It Is Said (MBKS1) comes a dark fantasy adventure full of  treachery, deceit, and terror.

A Murder of Crows is the prolog novella to the Adventures of the X Pirates series and a completely new and unique experience in the world of pirate lore.

This is the possibly true life story of the deadliest pirate and criminal mastermind to ever sail the high seas. This first installment tells the origin story of his spiral into madness, the indoctrination of his cutthroat crew, the creation of the eerie ship they sail, and the night of violence and murder that bore them all.

A Murder of Crows introduces you to an all animal world full of epic pirate fantasy, where nothing is what it seems, and everything is suspect. A world where both heroes and villains have a tortured past and every twist and turn tests their resolve. This is a dark fantasy full of treachery, deceit, and terror and your first port of call in the Adventures of the X Pirates.

“Once upon a time has been reborn and remade with the latest offering of Edward Medina. Murder of Crows is a classic waiting for the rest of the world to realize it. There is a lyrical quality to Medina’s work that carries the reader on an unbelievable journey from a one hundred and fifty year old circus to a pirate captain haunted and bent on revenge. It is one of those tales that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let you go until the end.” – Lucinda Rose author of Blood Child

“A Murder Of Crows” defies you to accurately nail it down with any category or description, and comes armed with a barrage of blindsiding surprises to defend that quality as it sails into seas entirely of its own.” – Amazon Reader

A Murder of Crows debuted in the top ten on the Amazon bestseller lists for both Fantasy and Action Adventure. To date the Adventures of the X Pirates series has earned 32 Amazon and Goodreads ★★★★★ reviews from readers, reviewers, teachers, authors, and bloggers.

A Murder of Crows is available on  Amazon.com.

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Edward Medina is an Amazon KDP bestselling author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic adventure books, short stories, and poems. To date his combined works have earned over one hundred and fifty Amazon and Goodreads five star reviews from readers, reviewers, bloggers, teachers and fellow authors.

He is a native New Yorker who over time has built a significant and multifaceted career. He has been a producer, director, and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson creator of the Muppets.

Edward founded a successful independent production company dedicated to family entertainment and children’s causes. He also established a multimedia company in order to assist nonprofits achieve their own cause related goals. He went on to become a theme park designer. For fun he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood a sometime magician.

Currently Edward is a critic and feature entertainment columnist covering Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Clubs and Cabarets for TheaterScene and The Fire Island Sun. He also maintains his love of theatrical production by continuing to create new works for both stage and screen. And his dream of building a fully realized world of fantasy on tropical shores is still very much alive and well.

If you’d like more detailed information on Edward’s work, visit his LinkedIn profile or his website. You can also explore his books, follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and subscribe to his blog on WordPress.

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Horror Writers Association.

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