Research Materials Needed for New Novel Project

This Fall, I am embarking on a massive journey and I would like your help. I plan on writing a novel that takes place over five decades, and will chronicle the life of the world's only living cyclops. The book will be entitled CY, and most of the story revolves around the travelling carnival he comes to live with after being abandoned as an infant. The novel will showcase my biggest cast yet, as I intend to create and populate a travelling carnival from the 1920s, train and big top, menagerie and all.


Carnival/amusement park stories have always been my favorite sub genre. I geek out when I come across them, no matter how terrible they might be. While there will be extraordinary and perhaps even magical circumstances within the novel, I want the carnival to feel set in reality. It should be a character all by itself, and that character should be believable. To accomplish this, I would like your help in finding research materials I can use to bring my carnival alive. Pictures, nonfiction, fiction, music, you name it. If you collect something and I choose to use it in the book, I will cite you along with the source in the acknowledgment sections at the end of the novel. Don't go out of your way, but keep me in mind if you come across anything interesting,


Leave your book recommendations and picture links and anything else you would like to share in the comment section of this post, or email them to me at


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