Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
The Greatest Most Traveling Circus is an anthology of stories about vampires and superheroes, gypsy curses, giant killer robots, psychics, love potions, bar fights over stolen angel wings, imaginary monsters, magical traveling pants and the devil as a red-headed con man. But it's also a novel about overcoming depression, struggling with suicide, handling loss, and trying to find meaning in a world where the supernatural isn't the hardest part of life to accept. Above all, it's about finding friendship when it is least expected--but most needed.
The Greatest Most Traveling Circus! is an anthology of short stories. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. The stories can be a stand-alone read, yet perfectly flow into one another. Author Jonas has created a city of unusual characters and unapologetically writes their raw stories of hope and hopelessness.
I stayed in awe with Jonas’s ability to write in the perspective of characters of different ages, genders, and races while not skipping a beat. The characters’ tales range from lost love, addictions, truthful children, and unusual life advice from elders. I highly recommend this anthology to those who want to escape reality for a bit and laugh at the strangeness of life.
Jonas is from Chicago, where he still lives with his family. He writes Cheer the Eff Up, a zine mostly about washed up punks, cake and depression. It's supposed to be funny too. He's also on the editorial staff of the upcoming Rad Dad magazine. Jonas enjoys reading, painting, going to shows and in general not sleeping. His wife claims that he is a vampire, but she must mean those lame Twilight vampires because, so far, daylight has not reduced him to ashes. The Greatest Most Traveling Circus is his first book.