Nightmare Alley
Nightmare Alley
William Lindsay Gresham

Introduction by Nick Tosches


The shadowy, sleazy world of a low-rent carnival. Alcoholics, grifters, geeks! Love, sex, crime and the occult! You'll love it. —Recommended by Don, City Lights Books

Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd's gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There's no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him.

And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough he's going places. Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute bimbo (before long his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown spiritualist, catering to the needs of the rich and gullible in their well-upholstered homes. It looks like the world is Stan's for the taking. At least for now.

Title Nightmare Alley
Author William Lindsay Gresham
Introduction by Nick Tosches
Publisher NYRB Classics
Title First Published 06 April 2010
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 288 p.
ISBN-10 1590173481
ISBN-13 9781590173480
Publication Date 06 April 2010
Main content page count 288
Weight 16 oz.
 


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