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Ray Bradbury
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21 Aug 2008

It's the week before Hallowe'en, and Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled . . .

And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark carnival's smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will also discover the true price of innermost wishes . . .

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575083069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575083066
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the greatest writers of science fiction and fantasy, Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1920.

He published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was just twenty years old. Among his many famous works are Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles.

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One of the Terror Eight titles: dark reads for hot summer nights!

About the Author

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) wrote more than 500 short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts and poems. Lauded as one of America's most elegant and poetic writers, acclaimed by many to be the inventer of dark fantasy, he won many major awards, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and being named a Nebula Grandmaster.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying! 29 Oct 2006
By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is an enchanting and terrifying tale of a nightmarish carnival that comes to the town where two boys live. The two 13 year old boys are best friends who were born just minutes apart from each other at Halloween time.

The boys are excited about the carnival but things soon take on a terrifying twist when they discover the dark secret behind the carrousel. The ride can change a person's age. Ride it forward, and with each revolution you age one year. Ride it backwards, and you become younger. We hear how the boys have to do battle with evil, in order to save themselves from a horrific fate and I could really feel their terror as they tried to outwit the carnival owners. This book was a gripping page-turner that absolutely enthralled me. It is a book to be savored for the glorious prose that Bradbury skillfully uses and deserves to be read, and then read again
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Day I Killed Ray Bradbury 25 July 2012
I was in my local Waterstones (again) when an amazing cover caught my eye. The neon green on black cover of this reissue certainly has appeal. I picked it up and read the first line.

'The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm.'

Wham! What a way to start a novel. One line and I was hooked; desperate for more. I think it might be the finest opening line of all time. Being a sensible thrifty chap, I resisted the temptation to purchase there and then. Instead I added it to 'the list', promising myself I would return soon. When I arrived home, the news was just in. Ray Bradbury had died.

My mind reeled, was this just coincidence or had I inadvertently caused the death of one of science fiction's greatest authors? OK, he was ninety-one, but did I have that sort of power? Well obviously not, but even now a small part of me wonders whether I should have checked out Jedward's biography whilst I was there.

In honour of the great man's passing I bought the book.

It takes as its subject that stalwart of gothic fiction, the carnival troupe. Like clowns, carnivals are something that are supposed to entertain children and adults alike, yet in reality they are macabre and scary. There is something other-worldly about them, with their freak-shows, bunko artists and silver-tongued magicians. Bradbury adds a touch of the supernatural and a pinch of wish fulfilment to produce something truly terrifying.

The prose in 'Something Wicked...' is stylised, and has its own mystical quality. Bradbury's evocative description manages to be rambling, yet feels as though not a single word is redundant. Fans of modern horror may not find the style to their liking. Contemporary writers of the genre tend to use more direct, visceral prose.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dark Fantastique 22 Nov 2004
Technically speaking, his Fahrenheit 451 may be a better novel, but for me this later work represents Bradbury's imaginative and narrative powers at their peak. Two boys trembling on the edge of adolescence in a small Illinois town in the earlier part of the twentieth century are drawn into the mystery of the dark carnival that arrives in the depths of a summer night. Written in a vividly poetic - and occasional over the top - style, this rich fantasy explores the wild and magical dream that is childhood in Bradbury's fiction and its necessary rupturing by adult awareness, the inevitable loss of innocence that accompanies this and the suggestion that this process is one of corruption. Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show offers unwary customers their hearts' desires - only to horribly twist and distort them, in a way that paradoxically could never be in the 'real' world but only within the imaginative realm that children inhabit. Bradbury's narration is colourful and nostalgic, sentimental and richly descriptive as he unleashes his astonishing tale of wide-eyed youngsters, world-weary adults, freaks, nightmares, and gothic revelation. An impossible book to pin down, perhaps due to its own dreamlike structure and narrative, it surely contains the wonders of youth and horrors of maturity presented in Bradbury's fantastical symbolism, and as such represents his most vividly realised work.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bradbury's Masterpiece 8 Jun 2006
Ray Bradbury is perhaps most known for his science fiction, notably his collection of short stories "The Martian Chronicles", but "Something Wicked This Way Comes" remains his best regarded and most loved piece of work.

A clear (and acknowledged) influence on the work of Stephen King, this tale of an nightmarish carnival coming to town, and the two boys who stand against it, is one of the great American fantasy stories. Equally enchanting, terrifying and heartbreaking, this is one of those books that once read, is never forgotten.

Scandalously out of print until now, if you're a Ray Bradbury fan, then buy this immediately. If you like classic Stephen King, then buy this immediately. In fact, whatever your tastes, just get this book immediately. you won't regret it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars something wicked this way comes 28 Jan 2014
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One of Ray Bradbury,s best long stories, you can soon become lost in the narrative. I have read this story before, and to me it has lost none of its qualities
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bradbury's very best. 5 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
He has the writer's guile to make us really care and empathise with the characters.I couldn't put it down. Simply love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read it years ago
An incredible, atmospheric book. Bradbury's descriptive powers are poetic. This book has so many themes and the characters are unforgettable. Read more
Published 23 days ago by treezie
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Wicked This Way Comes
Top read from a top writer and this particular copy comes with a cool cover so treat yourself to some nights in having a good read.
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Thought I would buy this after reading the reviews.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant poetical horror
I now own, including this kindle version and the one I loaded onto my wife s kindle, ten copies of Something Wicked This Way Comes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the classics of speculative fiction.
Arguably Ray Bradbury's masterwork. Prose that flows like poetry. Memorable phrases, lines and concepts that once read are in the mind for life.
Published 4 months ago by The Evil Baron Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fantastically written book. Very different to any style I've read before and I love it and would recommend to anyone thats after a good old fashioned read.
Published 5 months ago by Lisa Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars A story Revisited.
My husband read this book many years ago. He is a follower of science fiction books and loves them greatly. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Liquorice-Black Fairy Tale
It begins with an evocation of small town life, mostly as seen through the eyes of two boys. From this perspective the world is a place of wonder (and a little fear) undiminished... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ian Brawn
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Maybe I had more exciting books to read but could only get a third of way into book before it was cast aside
Published 6 months ago by echo
2.0 out of 5 stars Preview before buying.
Generally I'm a great fan of Ray Bradbury's works but not in this case. I tried my best to get into it but it failed to engage me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by George the Red
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