The Charnel House Trilogy reminded me of one of those classic sideshow gaffes. A banner proclaimed that a “100 pound man eating chicken!” was on display inside the tent. The first few carnival-goers pay their money to see this marvel, only to discover a smallish man sitting on a stool, eating fried chicken. The poster is technically accurate, but it’s still misleading. The attendees then become part of the joke, and trick their friends into also being suckered out of their money. It’s a collective social experiment that enriches the carnival owner which only works if everyone stays complicit in the prank.