Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date:
- 21 August 2008
- Horror and Ghost Stories
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Something Wicked This Way Comes is a classic coming of age story about two thirteen-year-old boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway. Awakened one night by the sound of a train coming into their small, Midwestern town, James and William set out on an unforgettable adventure. The boys discover that the train is bringing a carnival to town. This, however, is no ordinary carnival; this is a carnival that steals souls. Unlike the rest of the town, James and William are not blind to the evil that lurks within the carnival. Instead the boys fight to save themselves and the town. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a captivating tale that will scare readers of all ages.
Ray Bradbury was the first author to really hook me into reading. I love his descriptions whether it's far off worlds or the Midwest. This novel, an unusual motif for him at the time, captures the wonder, feel and excitement of two boys stumbling upon a mysterious traveling carnival.
When a shadowy carnival comes to town, promotional flyers touting a dusty witch, a skeleton, magic mirrors and the most beautiful woman attract the attention of 2 boys, the best of friends, having been born each side of midnight. But this is not a regular carnival, full of wonder and excitement. People start disappearing from town, a strange boy appears, and the carousel plays the Funeral March music backwards.The level of suspense and creepiness escalates with the turning of each page. But it's no simple horror story. Bradbury weaves a colorful and at times, poetic fantasy, bringing our best childhood nightmare creatures to life between the pages, and leaves us scrambling to grasp at a slim hope that an unlikely character might actually have the answer to stop them from devouring our two boys.What's especially impressive is Bradbury's ability to draw out the natural curiosity of boys who are full of life, one always just running towards what the future might bring, and the other leaping along more cautiously, one arm outstretched to protect his friend if danger should present itself. The suspense is held like a taut string all the way till the last chapter of the book.
My favorite Bradbury! Friggin' terrifying! Painfully beautiful prose.
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