Charmed City: Thirteen Tales of the Peculiar and Obscure in Baltimore

“All we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ~Edgar Allan Poe

Not all dreams are magical things filled with hope and light, some dreams are murkier and far more sinister. From the shared dreams of her famous sons John Waters and Edgar Allen Poe, Baltimore is known for her share of peculiar oddity, but beyond the bouffant hairdos of her trademark Hons and the quirky neighborhood bars is a world even darker and stranger:

A dentist learns that the Tooth Fairy is not all goodness and light, and she’s not someone to be messed with.

A dear friend of Mr. Poe unites forces with a local witch to save another writer from a dark fate.

The monsters in the closet are about to be unleashed upon the world, and there’s only one small child in their way.

A goblin carnival under the Jones Falls Expressway proves to be both an undoing and a salvation for one young girl.

All this and more waits within the bounds of the charmed city of Baltimore. Keep your eyes open and your wits about you, because you never know which shadow is merely a shadow and which one is something a little more dangerous that slinks away when you’re not looking.

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