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"Dazzling and macabre, literary and philosophical, The Circus of Dr. Lao has been acclaimed as a masterpiece of speculative fiction and influenced such writers as Ray Bradbury."—Good Reads
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"[The Circus of Dr. Lao, Second Edition is] a splendid fable of a miserable-looking little circus that visits a dusty Arizona town and leaves an unforgettable impression."—Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times Books Blog
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The Circus of Dr. Lao is a fascinating work: a labyrinth of meanings and images that sucks in the imagination, teases it and impishly plays with it. It gives nothing away, but offers much sustenance to those willing to take the risk of stepping into the tents housing its bizarre attractions.”—Locus Online
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Charles G. Finney (1905–84) was a newspaperman and writer based in Arizona. John Marco is the author of the Tyrants and Kings series, whose books include The Jackal of Nar, The Grand Design, and The Saints of the Sword. Michael Martone is a professor of English at the University of Alabama and the author or editor of numerous books, including Double-Wide: Collected Fiction of Michael Martone. Boris Artzybasheff (1899–1965) was a surrealist illustrator who was best known for his magazine art, which has been featured in Life, Fortune, and Time.

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