“Loneliness came over him, like an avalanche of snow. He was alone. Where he had always wanted to be. You can only trust yourself. There’s a rat buried deep in everybody and they’ll rat on you if they get pushed far enough.”
With the film tie-in paperback due to be released on 9th December, Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham was first published in 1946 and follows a young and ambitious carny, Stan Carlisle, who plays a mentalist on stage alongside his harried wife. Soon enough, he graduates to a 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.
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