Carnival Panic by Catori Sarmiento #42

Carnival Panic, now on the shortlist for the Drunken Druid International Book Award, is a science fiction horror/thriller novel which follows contestants as they compete in the Carnival Panic game show, a ruthless competition that tests the chosen competitors with mental and physical struggles. In order to claim the substantial monetary prize, each character must solve a series of room puzzles while being pursued by often hostile and occasionally benign PonPon bunnies in a setting inspired by the works of Kyari PamyuPamyu and the surreal Sanrio Puroland.

In Carnival Panic, nothing is certain. The televised game show forces the characters into improbable circumstances that they must overcome by wit, strength, luck, or through the fickle interest of the viewers. The six main characters, Cecile, Jax, Merindah, Quin, Fletch, and Jean-Emmanuel find that to win the competition and succeed in their personal goals, they must challenge their own moral judgement.

Author Biography

After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Catori Sarmiento’s travels while being a military spouse have often inspired her unique writing style. Although she began writing at an early age, it was not until she began writing poetry during her time as a University of Maryland student that she decided to seriously pursue professional writing. She went on to study writing in a graduate program at National University of San Diego while also living in Tokyo, Japan. Upon graduation, she began writing what would become a first place Cygnus Award winning novel, The Fortune Follies. A year later, her next novel, Carnival Panic was published. She hopes that readers will find intrigue and entertainment in her stories!

The Fortune Follies:
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17 thoughts on “Carnival Panic by Catori Sarmiento #42

  1. This sounds really cool! It reminds me a little bit of books like Running Man and Logan’s Game. I’ll have to give it a read.

  2. Very interesting story idea. Like Ben mentioned, it reminded me too of Running Man when I was reading the premise. I love those kinds of books/movies.

  3. Oohhhh! Sounds intriguing and full of suspense. I will definitely have to check this out.

  4. Thanks for the introduction as I am always a fan of this kind of novel. Look forward to diving into the story 🙂 – Knycx journeying

  5. Love the fact that an award called the Drunken Druid exists,

    I’m a massive fan of horror/thrillers, will have to add this to my list

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