Review of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
By: Luna Lupine

Ah, how I love this month! Ever since I was a little cub…err…child, I knew that October was something special. While my friends and I enjoyed the full moon on the eighth, and got lost in the beautiful weather as we…Umm…admired the clear and illuminated skies.

I wanted to tackle something for Halloween, I looked around and did not see anything that I felt was really worth reviewing. It was my brother who suggested taking a trip into the past and dust off something that I hadn't read before. Again, to his suggestion, he's a fan of Ray Bradbury's writings and said, Something Wicked This Way Comes would be perfect for this time of the year.

In short, its a tale filled with insane written artistry that was synonymous when someone thinks of the name of Ray Bradbury. The story which happens during a time of the year where hauntings are at its high in activity, October.

A little side note, as I was looking for a proper cover image for the review, I stumbled across a web page dedicated to the book and stated that the fable was actually inspired by a face to face meeting with Actor Gene Kelly. I dug a little deeper and found that it was originally a rewritten short–story he had never published and transformed it into what we know as Something Wicked This Way Comes released in 1962.

The story begins in a small American town very 1950ish suburbia that appeared quite normal to the point of being mundane. We find two young boys, Jim and Will, that like most kids in that era loved being outdoors and looking for an adventure.

This particular adventure fell on October 24th as All Hallows Eve comes a week early to the small town with the arrival of a traveling carnival. Upon discovering the festivals and what it has in store for in store for them, Jim and Will cannot wait for the fun and excitement in store for them. But what they don't know is what is exactly awaited then in the traveling Halloween Carnival—keep in mind this story takes decades before modern technology and during that era Radio was equivalent to our Flat screen and when a traveling bacchanal came to town it was a big deal to witness oddities that triggered everyone's imagination, notably the children at that time.

It's really no surprise how well Bradbury crafted such an amazing job surprising his readers, while at the same time grabbing and maintaining their imaginations with his characterization of each person introduced. And, as if I had not praise Bradbury's writing abilities enough, he paced the story perfectly and slowed only to allow the reader to catch their breath, but remain on the edge of their seat!

Another thing I feel that I need to bring forward to light is how well Bradbury builds and maintains atmosphere as well as laying out the ground work for his tale of mystery and dark fantasy in a psychological drama we are reading.

As powerful psychological undertaking that by the conclusion of the story were was no doubt that Jim and Will had aged well beyond their age of thirteen years, eleven months and twenty–four days. Does that make you want to read the book? Good!

But before, I give you my stars, I feel I should mention that there is a film adaptation from 1983. While I usually suggest seeing the movie before reading the book, I feel a lot would be missed if you don't read the book first.

So, for Ray Bradbury's masterpiece, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I award it four and a half stars and want to thank my brother for the suggestion! If you have some free time and want to enjoy a good book for Halloween, this novel is a great place to begin your literary travels.

Well, that is it for me this month. I have a lot to do before the thirty–first, I have a family get together to arrange and, well, that requires a lot of space to run around in.