Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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A fantasy/horror novel set in a small mid-Western town. The show creeps into town one dark October night, and in the terrifying days that follow, everything changes, when two boys discover a nightmare merry-go-round that produces the grisly turnabout of human beings. By the author of FARENHEIT 451 and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 106.68 x 175.26 x 17.78mm | 68.04g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552082732
  • 9780552082730

Review Text

A somewhat fragmentary nocturnal shadows Jim Nightshade and his friend Will Halloway, born just before and just after midnight on the 31st of October, as they walk the thin line between real and imaginary worlds. A carnival (evil) comes to town with its calliope, merry-go-round and mirror maze, and in its distortion, the funeral march is played backwards, their teacher's nephew seems to assume the identity of the carnival's Mr. Cooger. The Illustrated Man (an earlier Bradbury title) doubles as Mr. Dark. comes for the boys and Jim almost does; and there are other spectres in this freakshow of the mind, The Witch, The Dwarf, etc., before faith casts out all these fears which the carnival has exploited... The allusions (the October country, the autumn people, etc.) as well as the concerns of previous books will be familiar to Bradbury's readers as once again this conjurer limns a haunted landscape in an allegory of good and evil. Definitely for all admirers. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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