Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
“The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.
Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury’s unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.”
Read for the first time when I was middle school, this Bradbury classic has lost none of the magic I first experienced twenty years ago.
I was looking at my bookcase one night, trying to decide what to read next, when this book suddenly fell from it’s spot (where it was laying FLAT on top of some other books way in the back of the bookshelf!) to the floor in front of my feet. Being that it was written by Bradbury (who has creepy down pretty well), and being that the book is what it is, I took that as a sign I should choose it to read next. Some friends suggested that I remove it from my house altogether! But I read it, enjoyed it as much, if not more so, than I did twenty years ago (now that I understood things better), and put it back on the shelf. In a different spot. Where it can definitely not fall off again.
Mass Market Paperback
Published March 1st 1998 by Avon (first published 1962)