Sunday, October 7, 2012

Scary Books – Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury


I originally intended to blog about Bradbury’s Halloween Tree but after some deep pondering I realized that Something Wicked this Way Comes is a far more chilling book. In some ways Something Wicked this Way Comes is the polar opposite of Dandelion Wine, Bradbury’s homage to summer and boyhood. You’ll never forget Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show and Jim and Will, two thirteen year old boys, get swept up in its evil aura. A chilling study of evil, Something Wicked this Way Comes is among Ray Bradbury’s finest works. I think people tend to forget that Bradbury could write just as masterful a suspense novel as anyone. Here’s the evidence. A fully realized, haunting tale that kept me spellbound when I first read it. In this riveting tale Jim and Will learn that Mr. Dark has a tattoo representing each soul that was lured into his service. Charles Halloway, Will’s father, Stands in opposition to Mr. Dark. The boys are destined to become engaged in a struggle to save not only themselves but Will’s father too. October is the perfect month to read anything Bradbury wrote, but Something Wicked this Way Comes is especially appropriate.

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