Nights and Days in a Dark Carnival: Time Spent with Juggalos : By Craven Rock, 152 pgs. By Kayla Greet

Jun 13, 2014

This book is a fantastic outsider perspective of the ever-elusive subculture of Juggalos. Craven saddles himself alongside the ‘los and ‘lettes at their annual Family reunion, The Gathering of Juggalos. Much like Hunter S. Thompson and the Hell’s Angels, Craven immerses himself in the crowd to get the truest story he can in a matter of a few days. Filtered through a Southern and punk rock upbringing, he retells first-hand accounts of being a misfit among misfits. Major subjects such as class, religion, LBGTQ positions and gender roles, race, drug and alcohol use, loyalty, and hip-hop are well explored through observations and interviews. Our narrator manages not to get beat up for being a poser. In fact, he steps behind barriers that melt away once he’s journeyed into the Dark Carnival. This yields Craven an experience that pays off with a clear understanding of Insane Clown Posse followers. Complete with in-depth research, this book allows non-Juggalos a raw peak behind the curtain of America’s Side Show. –Kayla Greet (Mend My Dress Press,

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