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The October Country

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Ed this Way Comes in middle school and thinking how awful that true terror is available to all people eually you are not immune because you of your sex Ascension Island Atlantic Outpost (Wild Isles) race and age It is a common thread that unites us whether it be bodily terror or psychological torment or straight up monster mash Being scaredMy favorite short story all of them are as perfect as can be Skeleton I love theeading of Bradbury on a crisp autumn morning sounds like OctoberThe October Country is a collection of short stories by the Grandmaster writer Ray Bradbury Eschewing any connection to science fiction this group of purely fantasy tales Star Project Chiro, Volume 1 resounds with Bradbury s fascination with and brilliant creativity in theealms of the occult macabre and the dark Bradbury begins the book with this explanation The October Country that country where it is always turning late in the year That country where the hills are fog and the Gekaufte Journalisten: Wie Politiker, Geheimdienste und Hochfinanz Deutschlands Massenmedien lenken rivers are mist where noons go uickly dusks and twilight linger and midnights stay That country composed in the main of cellars sub cellars coal bins closets attics and pantries faced away from the sun That country whose people are autumn people thinking only autumn thoughts Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound likeain These are some of his best stories told with imagination and his deft descriptive virtuoso use of the language His is a poetic prose matched well with the theme of October M Night Shyamalan must have been influenced by Bradbury s Jack in the Box and his influence on modern fiction can be seen throughout the pages From the odd The Dwarf to the creepy The Jar to the psychologically unsettling The Cistern Bradbury has woven a spider s web of fiction made for cool days under a cloudy sky with the autumn smells of campfires and frost Brew a witch s mug of warm drink breathe in the leafy chill wrap up in an old woolen scarf and enjoy Finally Finally I ve ead this classic collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury I m so glad that I did What can I say about this that hasn t already been said It s beautifully written Some of the stories were so haunting I know that they will stick with me for the est of my life Ones like The Scythe and T October Countrythat country where it is always turning late in the year That country where the hills are fog and the Greater Than a Tourist - Wadi Rum Jordan: 50 Travel Tips from a Local rivers are mist where noons go uickly dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay That country composed in the main of cellars sub cellars coal bins closets attics and pantries faced away from the sun That country whose people are autumn people thinking only autumn thoughts Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound likeain Fall is probably my favorite of all seasons and every year I walk on the streets through avenues and parks There is a smell of burning leaves hanging around lazily and the skies are still bright sharp and clear but the sun is less warm You can feel the wind getting colder and taste the air now sharper and fresher Nights are chilling with big yellow moons Leaves change their colors and are now a mixture of yellow green ed and orange They start dropping from the trees one by one at first but steadily gusts of wind grasp them by the handfuls and leave bare branches behind Although the process is inherently sad in nature as it forecasts the upcoming winter with its ice and snow there is an element of beauty in fall leaves on the ground especially in the afternoon sunlight It casts a special shine which is not there in other seasons and yellowing leaves make the streets look as if they were paved with goldMy copy of The October Country has a new introduction by Ray Bradbury written in 1999 where he claims to emembering being born and the development of his passion for stories and storytelling He wrote his first story in the seventh grade and since the age of twelve knew that was the way to ensure proper immortality being Night of the Machete Man remembered after our limited time on earthuns out Bradbury saw the process of writing as a match between life and death each completed story a victory Days when he didn t write were threatening him extinction and this is why he wrote every day since he turned twelve evading death He died last year at the age of 91 having published his last novel Farewell Summer six years before along with hundreds of short stories Death has finally caught with Ray but not before he had "His Say He Went Out On His Own Terms And "say he went out on his own terms and the exact type of immortality that he hoped for The October Country contains nineteen very different stories most of which were previously published in Bradbury s debut colection Dark Carnival These are some of Bradbury s earliest stories published before The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 There is a special pleasure in Sacraments and Worship: The Sources of Christian Theology reading these stories allowing Ray Bradbury s gentle storytelling lull us in and expose us to his imagination I can see young Kings and Mathesons of this worldeading his fiction deep into the night possibly even with a flashlight under the bedcovers amazed that a grownup could think such things onto paper Bradbury was a man who could both turn a phrase and had a great big heart his warmth emanates from his writing which is far emoved from the vulgarity
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contemporary world was often accused of being too sentimental and too emotional but I don t think this is completely correct while it s true that his stories offer a bucolic vision of the American heartland and the nostalgia of small town life but didn t shy away from showing the nastiness unning behind the curtain of these idealistic visionsThis is perhaps best illustrated in the opening story The Dwarf which is an achingly sad story of loneliness and cruelty What makes it sad is that not only the cruelty is pointless as it always is but that it s inflicted on someone who is in no capability to defend himself and by someone who makes an extra effort to make sure that it hits where it hurts the most There s no need for supernatural elements here ordinary life is enough as events like these happen every day everywhere The Lake is another touching and sad story but in another way it s about a man who Ideas for a New Century revisits his childhood home and is flooded with memories of a lost friend It s almost a ghost story but not uite the ghosts are the memories which flood the main character to the point where he almoste enters the past and feels disconnected from and disappointed with the present ealityThere are great stories with a touch of horror here too The Skeleton and The Small Assassin both have great imaginative premises and work very well The first one features a man convinced that his skeleton is out to kill him and tries to fight it it concludes with a great memorable last line true to style of classic short fiction The Small Assassin is Bradbury s experiment with psychological horror a woman becomes convinced that her newborn baby is conspiring to kill her While this might seem to be just an example of postnatal stress and depression the arguments she uses sound at least a bit true is there anything in the world selfish than a baby with its unending demand for constant care and attention Do some mothers and fathers do not have the feeling that sometimes their baby is acting the way it does just to spite and annoy them This is a great horror story without vampires or boogeymen but with cribs nappies and milk bottles The last line again is a killer literallyThere are horrific stories here The Next in Line features a couple exploring a cemetery in a small Mexican town which holds a truly capitalistic policy towards the buried and their families The Crowd is another great story which truly emphasizes Bradbury s great strength exploring simple ideas and writing classic tales based on them Its narrator finds it odd that crowds of spectators always gather around the scene of an accident and finds people who would stare at someone s tragedy eprehensible the truth is stranger than any of us could suspect Same goes for The wind where a man is obsessed with wind he s an adventurer who thinks that wind has always been out there to get him and even though he always managed to ESCAPE HE S CONVINCED THAT THIS he s convinced that this his luck has finally Kurs Auf Den Eisberg ran out There was an Old Woman is different in the way that it takes a scary situation and makes it amusing it s concerned with an old cantankerous woman who justefuses to die It s good and full of fun humorThere s a great mixture of Bradbury s Zeitpunkt Der Bestimmung Des Geschlechts, Apogamie, Parthenogenesis Und Reduktionsteilung (Classic Reprint) recollection of his youth mixed with his interest in weirdness in Uncle Einar and Homecoming both of which share characters Uncle Einar was inspired by Bradbury s favorite uncle and you can see his love in this weird tale of a man with wings who longs toeturn to the skies but has to live among people who don t have them The Fraktale und Finanzen resolution is heartwarming and memorable Homecoming is the exacteverse of Uncle Einar Timothy its young narrator is a mortal child living among supernatural beings Left on their doorstep as an infant he longs to be like them but at the same time understands that this will never be possible Unlike Uncle Einar Homecoming is a sad story of a boy who wishes to belong but will always be an outsider even with the complete support of his adoptive familyMy favorite story from the entire collection is probably The Scythe which is a great imaginative story in the nature of the folk tales that I Report on Radiation and the Quantum-Theory, 1914 (Classic Reprint) read as a young boy Set in what looks like the Depression a poor family notices an empty house at the end of aoad and upon entering discovers the body of a previous inhabitant and his will beueathing both the house and farm behind it to the person Clay-Pot Cookbook reading it The family is overjoyed at first and after a few days ofest the father cannot sit still any and goes to cut wheat in the field only to discover strange things about it and the way it grows It s a great story in the classic tradition of moral tales that there will always be a price to pay for what seems to be too good to be true and that we should be wary of things which seem to be just incredible luck The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone is a great coda Dudley Stone is an extraordinarily successful writer who has uit the profession at the age of 30 without explanation leaving people without any certainty if he was even alive or dead 25 years later a group of his most devoted fans cannot bear not knowing and one of them decides to go to Stone s hometown and find information about him It s a great story to end the collection a meditation on the choices we make in life and the things we set as priorities with a beautiful last lineI could very well discuss all the stories but I believe that the eader deserves the pleasure to discover the October Country on their own especially with illustrations by Joe Mugnaini So come along and open the book to visit that country the country dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay whose people are autumn people thinking autumn thoughts and who on the empty walks at night sound like ain The October Country a book of strange sometimes creepy sometimes heart warming tales written in Ray Bradbury s flawless excitable style You can tell from these pages that the man loved to write in someways his words are like those of a child s discovering a new love for the first time it s an enthusiasm that captivated me My favourite stories within this book are The DwarfThe Jar The LakeThe EmissaryThe Little AssassinUncle EinarI noticed when eading them that it wasn t until each story was finished that I could fully contemplate what I had just ead Take The Emissary for example it begins as this brilliant heart warming story that sinks into terror only in the last three paragraphs I also noticed that in a lot of these stories it s left for the eaders imagination in such stories as The Next In Line Jack In The Box and The Crowd The Little Assassin is terrifying throughout The Lake is one of the most touch. G wherein the author tells of his Theater of Morning Voices and by inference encourages you to listen to the same murmurings in yourself And has any writer anywhere ever made such good use of exclamation mark. K always heading straight for the one distorting silverbacked glass that makes him appear as tall as Wordcraft: The Art of Turning Little Words into Big Business regular people The ticket vendor makes fun of him with the callous indifference of bullies everywhere The anxiety here would be the loneliness of the personejected from society for being different in appearance I liked how the dwarf is presented as a succesful pulp writer how inside his head he s just as good if not better than his tormentors This little guy s got a soul as big as all outdoors he s got everything in his head The Next In Line highlights the fear of the cemeteries of the dark damp and smelly place undergound where the dead are buried A young couple on a tourist visit to Mexcio comes across a town where the air is so dry that bodies do not ot in the ground and are instead mummified Because a lot of the local people are too poor to pay for the burial place these mummies are exhumated and stored in a long underground chamber and then shown to the tourists for a small fee I have saved a uote from this story where the young man chides his wife for being superstitious but I have a hunch that the author sides with her on the issue as sometimes the fear is too strong for the ational brain The minute you get a Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century religion you stop thinking Believe in one thing too much and you have nooom for new ideas The Watchful Poker Chip of H Matisse doesn t seem too scary at first glance it is the story of a man so dull and uninteresting that he becomes an attraction for a crowd of fashionable artists Enjoying their attention the man now tries to Queenie and Tom a Feline Romance remain in the spotlight by artificial means like wearing an unusual eye piece painted by the famous French Impressionist My vote would be again for fear of loneliness ofejection by social conformists Skeleton is fear of illness of your own body It is the tale of a hypochondriac who goes to a dubious doctor and becomes aware that he has been walking around all his life carrying a skeleton inside him Delightfully macabre The Jar is a second story that starts with a carnival and its gallery of freaks It is a variant of the fear of the unknown and a story about the way our imagination can create monsters out of unexplained physical or biological objects Here a farmer becomes fascinated with one of those pale and wobbly things floating in chloroform in big transparent bottles Ignorance and superstition also play a ole as the man s neighbors from a poor swamp village gather around the jar to speculate on the thing s origins The Lake is about fear of death by drowning but than this it is about the passing of childhood about lost friends and the power of love to keep the memories alive One of the most lyrical and sad shorts in the whole collection The Emissary is another variant of the fear of death In this short story a boy is immobilized in bed by illness and his trusty dog is his only contact with the outside world by bringing in the twigs and burrs and the smells of the places it visits But what happens when this dog starts visiting a cemetery too often Touched With Fire is difficult to pin down Two mysterious strangers try to prevent a woman from getting murdered Are they prescient or simply better observers of human nature than usual I would class the story as fear of predestination of the loss of free will but a accurate message may be that we cannot force people to act against their nature The Small Assassin is a creepy example of a woman with post natal depression who believes her child tried to kill her during a difficult birth and is continuing to attack her after they eturn home from hospital It s a clever piece but not one of my favorites it fels contrived even if I accept the supernatural elements The Crowd is an illustration of a fear I was spared from until ecently I got my driver s license only a couple of years ago and my first car only months ago Since then I have started to consider seriously what would happen if I got into a oad accident Bradbury doesn t help me much as he tries to prove that there is a eason you always see a crowd of thrill seekers around the sites of such crashes and that these people are not there to help you Jack In The Box is about a boy who is afraid the whole world outside his house is gone He is locked in with his mother and a mysterious teacher inside a huge house with many locked doors and secret passages He would like to escape yet is afraid of what would happen "If He Breaks Out "he breaks out his safe daily outine The Scythe is a good candidate for a Best of anthology of Bradbury short stories It s major anxiety is the fear of a father that he cannot provide sustenance and safety for his family during the Great Depression most of all that he cannot protect them from the death that must come to us all sooner or later Great writing Uncle Einar is one of the few happy interludes in an otherwise sad and scary collection It is a sketch from a bigger story the author was developing about a family of monsters The Elliots are similar in many aspects to the famous Adams Family Einar is a sort of human bat six feet tall with big leathery green wings He flies mostly at night to avoid being spotted by Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes regular people but after a drunken party he crashes into a power line and loses his sonar like abilities But like somebody sung about in the Alps whenever a door closes a window opens and by losing his fly in the dark talents Einar gains the love of a woman and settles down for married life and for playing with his children My favorite uote here is about how we may be homely in our outside appearance but there is a world of wonder and imagination inside each of us Wee in our cocoons all of us See how ugly I am But one day I ll break out spread wings as fine and handsome as you The Wind is another candidate for best of anthologies very short but also very effective in the idea that destructive winds somehow achieve intelligence by absorbing the minds of their victims The fear category in my game could be the anxiety over the unleashed forces of nature The Man Upstairs is a variant of the fear of the stranger about supernatural predators living amonst us disguised as ordinary people What makes the story special is the young age of the narrator a young boy whose curiosity and inventivity solves the mystery Word of the day from his grandfather Fear nothing ever in your life There Was an Old Woman is another of the are stories with a touch of humour with a colourful elderly lady as a heroine who efuses to accept the inevitability of Death and is eady to fight to the last breath and beyond for the ight to stay in this world as much as it pleases her The Cistern is a sort of twisted Darkness Light romance spiced by the fear of drowning A woman gazes out a window at aainy city landscape and imagines the water draining into subterranean tunnels filing them up a carrying along the bodies of strangers Homecoming is almost worth the price of admission all on its own It marks a eturn to the follies of the Elliott family as they gather from all over the world to celebrate Halloween together Uncle Einar also eturns to lift up the spirits of a boy without supernatural talents adopted into the family and slightly envious of his monster elatives The story has a lot of potential and I understand Bradbury added material until it became a novel Anxiety in this case is the esult of feeling estranged from your peers The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone ends the book not with another scare but with an affirmation of life an invitation to get our noses out of books and un around in the sun Dudley Moore was a very promising young writer who decided decades ago to enounce his literary career and fade into oblivion In the present time he invites a eporter to tell him all about that past decision and the eason for his seclusion I had been writing about living Now I wanted to live Do things instead of tell about things We ve lived every way there is to live with our eyes and noses and mouths with our ears and hands Taken as a whole I found the collection uneven in uality Some stories feel unpolished some just simple sketches but then uite a few are truly memorable and even the lesser ones display the magical way Bradbury has of creating a mood an emotion an intriguing new way to look at the ordinary things around us and see either their beauty or their mystery Beside the theme of autumn and anxiety the stories collected here share an interest in childhood in the ties of family and in the need for friendship and sharing I am glad I still have so many of his stories and novels still to Not Handsome Enough read I am sure they will be as enjoyable and well written as this one that country where it is always turning late in the year That country where the hills are fog and theivers are mist where noons go uickly dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay That country composed in the main of cellars sub cellars coal bins closets attics and pantries faced away from the sun That country whose people are autumn people thinking only autumn thoughts Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like ainA collection of 19 macabre tales from who many consider to be the finest writer of fantastic fictionIt is a truth universally acknowledged that the majority of short story collections are hit and miss Well this one is all killer and no filler baby Correction perhaps a teeny tiny bit of filler as there was ONE story I just didn t vibe with namely The Watchful Poker Chip of H Matisse but hey as that Meatloaf song says one out of nineteen ain t bad Orsomething like that This was a eally fun collection to Busy Park read during myoad trip in New England it was uite easy to fit in a story or two each evening I did try and Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know read some aloud to my boyfriend but he did notemain awake until the end for ANY of them However I m going to blame that on my soothing voice and not the stories themselves My absolute FAVOURITE story was The Emissary This was a sweet story about a sick young boy and his dog that turns a little dark I love it when stories turn dark unexpectedly If you combine emotion with my horror then I m gonna be on board about 93% of the timeThere s just so many memorable tales that I won t forget in a hurry The Small Assassin which is about a mother who is convinced that her newborn baby is out to kill her The Scythe A Chilling Tale About chilling tale about man who comes into the possession of a powerful wheat field and an even powerful scythe The Lake which was my other favourite story is about a man GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany revisiting his childhood home andecalling a friend who drowned in a lake during their childhoodBradbury s writing is beautifully poetic and his stories incredibly inventive I m The Confederate Privateers reading these stories uite a few years after they were written and they are just as impactful and uniue Bradbury is uickly becoming one of my favourite authorsCan tave about this one enough One of the best short story collections I ve ever Big Bad Detective Agency read it s up there alongside King s Night Shift and Clive Barker s Books of Blood All the stars Or 5 if wee using the standard The Placer rating system I am uite useless ateviewing an anthologies so please bear with me How do you go about Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism reviewing these things any way Story by story Sounds like a chore I ll just muddle through as usual then The October Country is a collection of Ray Bradbury s macabre stories I hesitate to label them as horror stories because they are not particularly horrifyin Watch The Twilight Show even any other derivative of that show for that matter ie anything from Perversions of Science to Black Mirror to Tales from the Crypt and those goosebumps that develop ever so sinister like Every story in this collection earns that type of unforgettable excitement the pure thrill of being scared And by no other than this maestro Hard to believe that the master was with me personally all along I stillemember coming across Something Wick. Nostalgia are also on display in the celebratory Uncle Einar and haunting The Lake the latter a fine elegy to childhood loss This edition features a new introduction by Bradbury an invaluable essay on writin. ,

One of the first books I ever The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, read and one of theeasons I still Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness read I found some of the othereviews dismaying poor dialogue silly concepts antiue writing style has the world and the people in it eally changed that much Have people lost their hearts Perhaps they ve just never ead The Smile by Bradbury not included in this collectionGranted Bradbury s style does take some getting used to the man is emotionally honest and as people everywhere become emotionally guarded such honesty appears to be naivete It isn t but that s an argument for another day And Bradbury occasionally enjoys being poetic or lyrical so people marking time until they can ush through volume 17 of Lilith McHotpants Ace Ghoul Slayer Part the Twelveteenth of the Saga of Kaaarfgaaasr and P is for Perfunctory or whatever they spend the majority of their time eading may find such a style annoying Because you know it s about evoking feelings and such not pushing buttonsBut for those with the eye for a well told tale and senses neither dulled by crap or so highly attuned by High Lit that they can t enjoy solid pulp this should go down a treatThe Dwarf still as sad and dark and painful as I emember it You have to love the breezy way Bradbury can just oll a story along with a deft turn of phrase or description the sea was a burning sheet of tinsel and glass So sad but honest that the cruel person doesn t even see what s wrong and suffers nothing while the girl s attempt to be human and humane puts the chain of events into motion And Mr Bigelow wrote detective stories Heh I like the fact that there s no overt supernatural elements in this collection at first the initial stories all turn on human psyches and neurosis until The SkeletonThe Next In Line notorious to me because it was so long I never finished it as a kid Here again no overt supernatural elements just a woman suddenly overwhelmed by the inescapable awareness of her own mortality exacerbated by the horrors of unburied mummies of Mexican peasants they can t afford the Der Bilderwächter rent toemain buried any in the most ultimate capitalist scam ever something to keep in mind for our futures the strangeness of culture shock and the unloving husband to whom she s already dead This might be a tad overwroughtoverwritten but the feverish pitch of her nervous breakdown eally does drag you along and the scenes in the catacombs counting to avoid the screaming dead but you can t avoid them because here they are and here and hereand HERE the descriptions of the little Mexican town at night the streetlight blowing in the wind the desperate ace to escape the town but you can t escape death the little details whirled and cavorted before the coffin shaped mirror and omens a sugar skull with your name on it are all aces I especially liked the bit where she seeks escape and safety in eading writing from her world news pop magazines but even those are consumed far too uickly Also appreciated seeing the gestation for the idea of Skeleton in her comments on why skeletons do not bother her Just great solid writingThe Watchful Poker Chip of H Matisse Nice for a number of easons foremost in that it s a horror story but funny at the same time the horror arising again from the psyche and how it Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris responds to the attentions of groups inspiration for The Crowd possibly and popular culture Couldn t help thinking of that old George Carlin Book Club book title Self Mutilation As An Attention Getter as the story wrapped up and that aspect iseally where the dry bitter horror lies and why the story is oddly Letters to Rollins relevant today as well Loved seeing VIC SADE get a name check the best OTR comedy show EVER but I guess that also makes me a hipster doofus like theest of the Cellar Septet great band name waiting to be snagged I know Bradbury s tone towards the avant gardeians like the tone of most people towards the artistic fringe is disdainful but personally I love characters like this ironic posing or no So Garvey s eventual transformation into a surrealist object is both sad and cool for me the Surrealists knew that desire and death were intricately linkedSkeleton this Britain, Europe And The Third World rocked my world as a little kid and only impresses me as an adult The concept is just wonderfully simple man at war with his skeleton then toss in theesonant symbolism the organic painful messiness of life his outsides pitted against the clean orderly solid eliable support structure of his insides which symbolize death Only the dead are eternally cool as Hakim Bey said the little details he s great at ceramics and even some "UNEXPECTED ARGUMENT FROM THE OTHER SIDE THE HEAVY MAN "argument from the other side the heavy man fat as a buffer against the battering of life and a way to trap the skeleton in organic tar topped off with a bizarre character that makes it a bone fide weird tale salty breadsticks and a memorable last line you ve got yourself a killer storyThe Jar has been adapted a few times I seem to emember a version on The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV show from the 80s in which the country bumpkin setting is switched with a modern art one and it s a pretty solid creepy story although Bradbury s tendency to overwrite becomes a bit cartoonish when at least I feel he s writing characters of a type that he s not directly familiar with Still the inchoate mass in the jar is strangely evocative a blank screen onto which everyone projects their ideas and it s a nice eversal of The Watchful Poker Chip in that one man desires to make himself the center of attention from people who don t eally care about himThe Lake is very touching I have a Unverified: A Novel reading of this by Bradbury himself and iteally is an effective emotional piece about lost childhood love and the uncaring blankness of deathThe Emissary still gives me chills This was a favorite of mine as a child and Grand Teton Explorers Guide reading it as an adult I wondered if perhaps it might have just seemed darker or threatening to me back then but no the ending is ominously not good Bradburyeally stretches his evocative language shtick here conjuring autumn in a million ways while bolting the whole thing to a life lived memory of being an invalid and then wrapping it in a strange variation of The Monkey s Pawexcept this timethe door gets to openTouched With Fire was also adapted on Alfred Hitchcock Presents albeit the original bw version It is very well done and I like the fact that the terrible events partially arise from the main characters desire to help people as in The Dwarf and inverted strangely the presumption of The Crowd which is proven wrong The writing makes the harridan woman a bit cartoonish but that s part of the point to draw you into feeling what Foxe or the other one I forget feels and this building of tone and mood hot irritable loud abrasive is well conjured CuteThe Small Assassin is a genuine classic postpartum depression twisted into a horror tale before there was even a term for it The last line is a killer and the modern esonances it brings of abortion and sociopatholgy are especially powerful What a great storyThe Crowd is another one of those unabashed classics a simple idea marvelously ealized It s amazing how effective it is I don t even know if there s much to say I love the idea that the people encompass all character types and are immortal I also love that there s never a specific explanation or explication from the Crowd so while the ending confirms the narrator s theory we only ever Peig: The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island really have his suppositions to go on I wish modern horror writers wrote stories this sharpJack In The Box isokay It almost seems like an idea pregnant with possibilities than caneasonably be addressed in the short story form although I do like idea that the kid thinks he s dead at the end and that this year s special Löwen wecken room was an elevator For someeason this story strikes me as a partial Fathers and Sons: Roads Classics riff on Lovecraft s The OutsiderThe Scythe is another great one solid well told well imagined painful Another great idea that doesn t need world building or explication just accept it because Bradbury is such a good storyteller why would youruin the story with uestions It s like eading a young creative person s first REALIZATION THAT DEATH ISN T FAIR that death isn t fair logicalUncle Einar is of course not eally a horror story of a weird tale in that fine old tradition It s also one of his stories about The Family that eventually influenced Charles Addams It s probably the slightest of those Family stories Cecy s story The Traveler is Star Trek - New Frontier 15 really dark and I ve neveread Bradbury s late in life Hôtel étrange, l'hiver au printemps reworking of this material into a novel form because I feel so close to Homecoming and The Family et al having discovered them at exactly theight moment of my childhood But this one is a wonderful bit of dark fantasy touching and sweetThe Wind a simple idea simply told as long as it needs to be and no longer I love how it locates the main narrative away from the important action and then comments upon that very thing as we sit here people are dying using the set up for an effective punchline NiceThe Man Upstairs eally made an impact on me as a kid With the imaginings of multicolored worlds seen through glass the focus on innards of all kid With the imaginings of multicolored worlds seen through glass the focus on innards of all the einvention of the vampire and the implied gruesome ending dissection this is a great creepy horror story Again even better for the lack of explanationThere Was An Old Woman is another charming weird tale with an unexpected ending usually stories like this would be about acceptance of the inevitable The cantankerous old biddy is strongly sketched and the humor is well deliveredThe Cistern slight but poetic is about evoking Ophelia like images of drowned bodies and flowers deep underground than telling a full storyThe Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone is also I fear a bit slight for my tastes It s a cute idea and as expected well told but the central idea eh too The Spirit Master romantic an envisioning of a writer as character for my tastesI left Homecoming for last because its one of my favorite Bradbury stories ever ur text for Charles Addams s famous Family The Munsters etc and thus a component of the whole 1950 s Monster Kid culture It also still brings tears to my eyes I hope he continued to walk the fine line the originals tread so assuredly the monsters ARE monsters as Cecy s interaction with the old woman and the mud pits illustrates in his latere use of this material I wonder if all the Tim Burton fans even know a story like this existsGreat stories from a great writer What could you want This was a great collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury I m so glad I ead this book in October with the leaves coming down the air was crisp and Halloween was around the corner It eally added to the overall atmosphere for the bookFavorite short stories The Next in Line Skeleton The Emissary The Small Assassin and The Scythe Bradbury s writing is so beautiful flawless and fantastical I definitely Anything But Neutral About Going (Carbon) Neutral reco that country were it is always turning late in the year That country where the hills are fog and theivers are mist where noons go uickly dusks and twilight linger and midnights stay The country composed in the main of cellars sub cellars coal bins closets attics and pantries faced away from the sun That country whose people are autumn people thinking only autumn thoughts Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like Peppermint, Vol. 02 rain The introduction suggests this one s a good choice for a Halloweenead and indeed the stories selected for the present collection may not all happen in October but they do share a melancholic mood that often morphs into full blown fright I am thinking of adding as a subtitle High Anxiety for the whole set and then play a game of Name That Fear for each episode The Dwarf is a great opening gambit probably one of the earliest shorts written by the author illustrating his fascination with carnivals and with the grotesue A short man visits every night the hall of mirrors in the amusement par. Ray Bradbury's first short story collection is back in print its chilling encounters with funhouse mirrors parasitic accident watchers and strange poker chips intact Both sides of Bradbury's vaunted childhood.

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