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The October Country [Mass Market Paperback]

Ray Bradbury
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Jun 1993
Haunting, harrowing, and downright horrifying, this classic collection from the modern master of the fantastic features:
THE SMALL ASSASSIN: a fine, healthy baby boy was the new mother's dream come true -- or her nightmare . . .
THE EMISSARY: the faithful dog was the sick boy's only connectioin with the world outside -- and beyond . . .
THE WONDERFUL DEATH OF DUDLEY STONE: a most remarkable case of murder -- the deceased was delighted!
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; 1 edition (Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034532448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345324481
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ray Bradbury's seminal work, The October Country, is one of the most important collections of horror stories of the 20th century. Published in 1955 and composed of 19 stories written for pulp magazines at the very start of his career, these unforgettable, timeless stories have influenced a generation of contemporary writers of fear. This classic collection is actually a revamped version of the author's very first book, Dark Carnival (a much sought-after collector's item--Bradbury withdrew several stories from the original 1947 collection that even he thought too grisly). October Country contains such haunting tales as "The Lake", in which a boy faces death for the first time after losing a playmate who has drowned, and "The Small Assassin", in which a man realizes his baby is literally a born killer. "The Crowd" chillingly explains why the same people always seem to gather at automobile accidents. Although he went on to build a worldwide reputation as a master of fantasy and science fiction, if Bradbury had continued to write weird tales like this, he might instead have become one of the world's greatest horror writers. --Stanley Wiater --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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One of the greatest writers of science fiction and fantasy in the world today, Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1920. He moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1934.

He has published some 500 short stories, novels, plays, scripts and poems since his first story appeared in ‘Weird Tales’ when he was twenty years old.

Ray Bradbury lives in Los Angeles.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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... that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror 20 Jun 2005
'The October Country' is a partial reprint of Bradbury's first and probably greatest book, 'Dark Carnival'. This was a collection of the best of the young author's early pulp stories, which appeared in the forties, featuring a Bradbury largely pre-sentiment, pre-nostalgia, all-chiller! Bradbury has said that he was 'naive to the point of distraction' about most things, but that he did understand his fears about the world. These stories bring those fears to life in an unforgettable manner. Such tales as 'The Small Assassin', 'The Crowd', 'The Wind' and 'The Scythe' are surely among the greatest of twentieth century horror, written in a remarkably original and literate fashion, depicting our own familiar world from a shadowy and skewed vantage point. An argument could be made (in fact I'm making it right now) that all of the author's later work is dilute when compare with these intense early tales. This is Ray without the kid gloves.
Not that this collection is without humour or sentiment - Bradbury's early 'Family' stories appear here, later to inspire the Addams Family series. 'Uncle Einar' and so forth bring some balance to the pure horror that swiftly disappeared once Bradbury discovered Mars and Green Town, Illinois.
Since Dark Carnival is effectively unavailable, although a 2000 reissue is floating about, 'The October Country' is the only way to acquire these essential stories, and as such it represents, in my humble opinion, Bradbury's greatest work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Atmospheric Delight. 31 Oct 2002
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This collection reeks of autumn; of mist and twilight and shadows. A skeleton obsessed doctor, the unidentified but hypnotic thing in the jar, a dog with a coat full of moist night earth and a gentle uncle with wings - these are the citizens of The October Country. Beguiling and magical, this collection is of a quality that few other writers seem capable of achieving. But Bradbury makes it look easy. He always does. Soulful magic from a magical soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feeds your head with bizarre imagination... 16 July 2001
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If you don't read books, then this is sure to open up a new path for you. If you think watching films are the easier option in life... you'll be right in most cases but really not in this one. The bizarre stories in this book will actually do a good job in freaking you out, not in the ghostly sense, but it manipulates your imagination by letting you conclude the tales for yourself. Nice front cover too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance 13 July 2012
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I have got most of these stories in other collections but this is the book I remember vividly from childhood. It is quintessential Ray Bradbury complemented by the atmospheric drawings by Joe Mugnaini.The book begins with 'The Dwarf', which is left out of some later collections, perhaps for reasons of political correctness. All of the stories are well worth reading and the illustrations are magical. Ray Bradbury inhabits a realm that transcends genres like fantasy, the horror story,or science fiction. This is a very special land, aptly given the title 'The October Country'. It is a classic.
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