Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Few American novels written this century have endured in th heart and mind as has this one-Ray Bradbury's incomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic. A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song 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 ...

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Few American novels written this century have endured in th heart and mind as has this one-Ray Bradbury's incomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic. A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song 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 inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes — and the stuff of nightmare.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
"Ray Bradbury can evoke nostalgia for a mythic, golden past or raise goosebumps with tales of horror... He is very good at what he does."
Portland Oregonian
"A master... Bradburyhas a style all his own, much imitated but never matched."
Flint Journal
"Bradbuy crosses over the ines that divide various genres... His true vocation is that of spinning yarns, some fanciful, others morbid, and yet others laced with an undeniable sense of hope."
Nashville Tennessean
"In literary circles, Ray Bradbury can validly be called a living legend... Since he was eight years old, he wanted to become amagician. And that's what he is."
Bradbury is an authentic original. --Time
From the Publisher
"Bradbury's classic 1962 novel is here masterfully read by voice artist Kevin Foley, whose deep tones are well suited to the story's dark characters." —Library Journal Starred Audio Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380977277
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 273,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury is the author of dozens of books and hundreds of stories. Among his best-known works are Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. An Emmy Award winner for his teleplay The Halloween Tree and an Academy Award nominee, Mr. Bradbury was also honored by the National Book Foundation with a medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Winner of a National Medal of Arts and a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation and named a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France’s highest cultural award, he lives in Los Angeles.


Ray Bradbury is one of those rare individuals whose writing has changed the way people think. His more than 500 published works -- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and verse -- exemplify the American imagination at its most creative.

Once read, his words are never forgotten. His best-known and most beloved books -- The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes -- are masterworks that readers carry with them over a lifetime. His timeless, constant appeal to audiences young and old has proven him to be one of the truly classic authors of the 20th Century -- and the 21st.

Ray Bradbury's work has been included in several Best American Short Story collections. He has been awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, "The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve. In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me. I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you'll come along."

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Bradbury, he shared some fascinating facts with us:

"I spent three years standing on a street corner, selling newspapers, making ten dollars a week. I did that job every day for three hours and the rest of the time I wrote because I was in love with writing. The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love."

"I have been inspired by libraries and the magic they contain and the people that they represent."

"I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them -- one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Leonard Douglas, William Elliott, Douglas Spaulding, Leonard Spaulding
      Ray Bradbury
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waukegan, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
    2. Website:

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Chapter One


The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm. He came along the street of Green Town, Illinois, in the late cloudy October day, sneaking glances over his shoulder. Somewhere not so far back, vast lightnings stomped the earth. Somewhere, a storm like a great beast with terrible teeth could not be denied.

So the salesman jangled and clanged his huge leather kit in which oversized puzzles of ironmongery lay unseen but which his tongue conjured from door to door until he came at last to a lawn which was cut all wrong.

No, not the grass. The salesman lifted his gaze. But two boys, far up the gentle slope, lying on the grass. Of a like size and general shape, the boys sat carving twig whistles, talking of olden or future times, content with having left their fingerprints on every movable object in Green Town during summer past and their footprints on every open path between here and the lake and there and the river since school began.

"Howdy, boys!" called the man all dressed in stormcolored clothes. "Folks home?"

The boys shook their heads.

"Got any money, yourselves?"

The boys shook their heads.

"Well --" The salesman walked about three feet, stopped and hunched his shoulders. Suddenly he seemed aware of house windows or the cold sky staring at his neck. He turned slowly, sniffing the air. Wind rattled the empty trees. Sunlight, breaking through a small rift in the clouds, minted a last few oak leaves all gold. But the sun vanished, the coins were spent, the air blew gray; the salesman shook himself from the spell.

The salesman edged slowly up thelawn.

"Boy," he said. "What's your name?"

And the first boy, with hair as blond-white as milk thistle, shut up one eye, tilted his head, and looked at the salesman with a single eye as open, bright and clear as a drop of summer rain.

"Will," he said. "William Halloway."

'Me storm gentleman turned. "And you?"

The second boy did not move, but lay stomach down on the autumn grass, debating as if he might make up a name. His hair was wild, thick, and the glossy color of waxed chestnuts. His eyes, fixed to some distant point within himself, were mint rock-crystal green. At last he put a blade of dry grass in his casual mouth.

"Jim Nightshade," he said.

The storm salesman nodded as if he had known it all along.

"Nightshade. That's quite a name."

"And only fitting," said Will Halloway. I was born one minute before midnight, October thirtieth. Jim was born one minute after midnight, which makes it October thirty-first."

"Halloween," said Jim.

By their voices, the boys had told the tale all their lives, proud of their mothers, living house next to house, running for the hospital together, bringing sons into the world seconds apart; one light, one dark . There was a history of mu mutual celebration behind them. Each year Will lit the candles on a single cake at one minute to midnight. Jim, at one minute after, with the last day of the month begun, blew them out.

So much Will said, excitedly. So much Jim agreed to, silently. So much the salesman, running before the storm, but poised here uncertainly, heard looking from face to face.

"Halloway. Nightshade. No money, you say?"

The man, grieved by his own conscientiousness, rummaged in his leathery bag and seized forth an iron contraption.

"Take this, free! Why? One of those houses will be struck by lightning! Without this rod, bang'. Fire and ash, roast pork and cinders! Grab!"

The salesman released the rod. Jim did not move, But Will caught the iron and gasped.

"Boy, it's heavy!. And funny-looking. Never seen a lightning rod like this. Look, Jim!"

And Jim, at last, stretched like a cat, and turned his head. His green eyes got big and then very narrow.

The metal thing was hammered and shaped half-crescent, half-cross. Around the rim of the main rod little curlicues and doohingies had been soldered on, later. The entire surface of the rod was finely scratched and etched with strange languages, names that could tie the tongue or break the jaw, numerals that added to incomprehensible sums, pictographs of insect-animals all bristle, chaff, and claw.

"That's Egyptian." Jim pointed his nose at a bug soldered to the iron. "Scarab beetle."

"So it is, boy."

Jim squinted. "And those there -- Phoenician hen tracks."


"Why?" asked Jim.

"Why?" said the man. "Why the Egyptian, Arabic, Abyssinian, Choctaw? Well, what tongue does the wind talk? What nationality is a storm? What country do rains come from? What color is lightning? Where does thunder go when it dies? Boys, you got to be ready in every dialect with every shape and form to hex the St. Elmo's fires, the balls of blue light that prowl the earth like sizzling cats. I got the only lightning rods in the world that hear, feel, know, and sass back any storm, no matter what tongue, voice, or sign. No foreign thunder so loud this rod can't soft-talk it!"

But Will was staring beyond the man now.

"Which," he said. "Which house will it strike?"

"Which? Hold on. Wait." The salesman searched deep in their faces. "Some folks draw lightning, suck it like cats suck babies' breath. Some folks' polarities are negative, some positive. Some glow in the dark. Some snuff out. You now, the two of you ... I --"

"What makes you so sure lightning will strike anywhere around here?" said Jim suddenly, his eyes bright.

The salesman almost flinched. "Why, I got a nose, an eye, an ear. Both those houses, their timbers! Listen!"

They listened. Maybe their houses leaned under the cool afternoon wind, Maybe not.

"Lightning needs channels, like rivers, to run in. One of those attics is a dry river bottom, itching to let lightning pour through! Tonight...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    lovers of mystery.....Something Wicked This Way Comes!!!!

    If you like something creepy, out of the ordinary, scary, freaks and freak shows, and complicated books, then you are going to like Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. This book is pretty interesting but really complicated at the same time!!!!!!! It takes place in Greentown, Illinois 'a smallish town', somewhere in the present around October, the time of Halloween! The author describes the setting really good that it actually makes you believe you are experiencing the same thing all of the characters are at the same time, which sometimes can be a little bit confusing¿..he also uses a lot of metaphors in the whole book!!! The book it¿s mainly about the issues Jim and Will, the main characters, have, and yes everything has to do with ¿freak shows¿ and its ¿freaks¿ they are called ¿Mr. Dark and Mr. Crooger¿ a freak show parade that comes into town and its Will¿s and Jim¿s problem resource. This book it¿s also about saving a precious friendship and the lives these two boys love the most and really care about. Even the verse in Proverbs 4:16-17 describes the plot pretty good¿ says ¿They sleep not, except they have done mischief, and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness. And drink the wine of violence.¿ I know this is kind of confusing but if you don¿t understand this then please don¿t, please don¿t read this book because this is the kind of complicated Im talking about. Now if you do like this kind of books then I totally recommend it to you!!!!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    If you like mystery and suspense I recommend Something Wicked This Way Comes

    If you like fiction, friendship, mystery and suspense I strongly recommend for you to read Something Wicked This Way Comes. I enjoyed this book so much. When you think something is going to happen, something else actually happens.They setting took place in strange and various places. The setting I most enjoyed was the carnival. All the spooky things going t on there were nice to read.Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway are the main characters followed by Charles Halloway, Mr. Dark, and Mr. Cooger. While you read this book you will find out about other characters that during the story they oddly disappear. Jim and Will face the most unpredictable things you have ever seen. My favorite character in the story is Jim because he is brave, older than Will, and always wants to know more in everything he sees or does. The plot is full of suspense. The author, Ray Bradbury did a great job explaining it. The most important plot took place at the carousel. The carousel is where the most important events take place and where the mysterious things happen. My favorite setting of the plot was in the library. That is where Jim and Will are hiding from Mr. Dark because Mr. Dark found out something about them.The book might get kind of weird and freaky, but you will really enjoy it. I really like this book. There is a lot of exciting things that go on in this book and I know you would not want to miss them. I hardly recommend it!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Something Wicked This Way Comes Book Review

    Donovan Berry
    Per: 5/ Sautner
    Book review
    Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Ray Bradbury is an amazing author and his book Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of his most impressive books. The story is about a carnival that comes to Green Town, Illinois. Two boys whom live there, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway have a bad feeling about the carnival and its owners, Mr. Dark and Mr. Cooger, however they can't prove it to anyone and no one is listening to them. They eventually tell Will's dad, a janitor at the local library, and he believes them. The three of them fearing that if they don't do something soon the carnival will take over Green Town and its inhabitants, must fight the carnival and its owners. Ray Bradbury does an amazing job of keeping the suspense in this book and making you want to read more. On the other hand the book can get confusing at parts and is sometimes difficult to read. I liked the book for its suspense and for the fact that it makes people look inside themselves to discover if they could in essence be like Mr. Dark and Mr. Cooger. I believe the message to take from this book is that life is full of obstacles and it's just a matter of overcoming them. I also believe that the author is trying to tell us that there is a way to overcome any challenge and that you can never give up or you won't succeed. I will take away from this book the message that just because you don't think you can do something doesn't mean you can't and it is important to keep on going. "By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes." I believe ray Bradbury did an amazing job writing this book and I encourage all people to read it.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Classic Bradbury

    Bradbury began his career (and his paychecks as a writer) with an emphasis on horror - see The October Country - and this wonderful novel can be considered the apex of his early work. It weaves into the horror the strong nostalgic thread of his boyhood memories - see Dandelion Wine. I read this book when I was 10, now I'm 50 and this is the 4th or 5th time I'm reading this magical tale.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2008


    Wow.... I thought this was supposed to be good but it stunk. From the beginning i could barely tell what was going on and i was just clueless the whole way through.

    4 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    The plot of Something Wicked This Way Comes is about two boys that know about a haunted carnival. The carnival kills anyone who rides any of the rides. It turns them younger and they eventually die. The two boys which are Will and Jim have to stop Mr. Dark, the evil carnival owner, from causing chaos around the town. The setting of the book seems to be a while back because in this book carnivals are very popular and there isn¿t as much technology as we have today. The three main characters of Something Wicked This Way Comes are Jim, Will, and Mr. Dark. Jim and Will get involved with Mr. Darks¿ carnival because they wanted to get on a ride. There was a man that went up first and when he did Jim and Will started to see him turn younger and younger. At first Jim and Will were too afraid to face Mr. Dark and his freak show, but after the fear went away they tried as hard as they could to stop Mr. Darks plan. I enjoyed this book because I¿m the type of person that really likes mystery books that have a lot of fiction. I don¿t really know what the message was in the book but since I had to read a book for the summer then I had to get something that I liked reading. When I first read this book I thought to myself ¿wow, it¿s just another book¿ but when I got further into the reading I couldn¿t stop. It was a really good book and I would recommend this book to people that like reading fictional stories about ghosts. I liked the book a lot but it was kind of difficult for me to comprehend. It was difficult because the characters were very different then I am so I couldn¿t really find any connections. I connected my friends to some of the characters which really helped me out with the book. In conclusion this book was really fun to read. The mood throughout the story was whimsical. It made the book a lot more enjoyable to read and I didn¿t get bored of the book. It was a really good book for me since I had to read it I chose this because I thought I might enjoy it and I did.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    Something Wicked

    Ray Bradbury's book, Something Wicked This Way Comes, is one of the most mysterious and suspenseful, yet confusing book I have ever read. Although, it takes many unexpected twists and turns.
    It is about two boys, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, from the town of Green Town, Illinois. They live right next door to one another, and Will was born a minute before midnight, while Jim was born one minute after midnight on Halloween day. In one day of October, a carnival came to their town. The carnival is an ordinary fun park with many attractions such as the merry-go-round, a mirror maze, and many side show tents. Soon people they knew started vanishing just days after the arrival of the carnival. Along with the mysterious vanishings, some people that go on the attractions start seeing things as they. Jim and Will start noticing something weird going on. So, just as every teenager would do, they had to figure out what was going on. They discover more than what they bargained for. The carnival freaks, as they are called, find out about the deeds of the teenage investigators, and they too know that they have been discovered. The boys must now find their ways out of the mess they have gotten themselves into. With the carnival people looking at every corner of the town, they must use the intelligence of Will's father to help with their problem. But when the boys are captured, Will's dad is to get them back with his intelligence. You just have to pick this book up and read it.
    Something Wicked This Way Comes was a very interesting book for me and was written well. In my opinion, it was a very confusing book filled with many big words for any person that wants a challenging read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    A Good Read!

    My favorite chapter in Something Wicked This Way Comes is chapter 54. I liked this chapter because it is sad, shocking, suspenseful, and a little scary.

    The author uses a lot of imagery throughout the entire book. I liked this because it gave you a real feel for everything going on. It helped you feel what the characters were feeling in the book.

    The author, Ray Bradbury, didn't do a lot that I didn't like in this book. It wasn't my favorite book, but it was a good read.

    I liked this book. It has a very unique style, and it made me want to keep reading.

    I think this book is appropriate for ages 14 and up.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    This was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo dumb

    i haye this book. I never want to even look at it again. Im in Honors language at my high shcool, and i was forced to read it. i couldnt get through it so to write my report, i went to to get the info i needed. i will never recommend this book to no one!~!~!~!~!~!~!

    2 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    If you like mysterious books this is for you.

    I read the book Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. It starts of freaky or weird from the first page and starts to build up as you read along. The genre of this book is a fantasy/mystery book. Personally I didn't like that the characters would come up randomly playing different roles, that confused me. There weren¿t that many characters, but it was confusing because the characters played more than one role that I thought that the character had changed, but it was the same one. The tone to this book is odd, strange, or also known as whimsical. I think that this book would interest someone who likes mystery/fantasy books, someone who likes to figure out problems, someone that has a pretty good imagination, or someone that is open minded because this book was pretty confusing, well at least to me it was. This book isn¿t what I usually read, or it¿s not the type that I like to read but I read the summary and it sounded interesting. When I was first reading this book, I thought to myself ¿this is confusing but maybe I¿ll get into the book and it won¿t be so confusing as I read it¿ but I as wrong. The book kept on getting more confusing and less interesting. It wasn¿t what I thought it would be. Most of the books that I read introduce the problem. It doesn¿t really introduce the problem but it gives you ideas/hints about what the problem is going to be about, it doesn¿t just through it in there in the beginning of the book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    This book is O.K

    Peer Book Review Will, James, and Charles are the stars in this fiction and mystery packed tall. James and Will are best friends and have been for ever. Charles Halloway (Will¿s dad) joins them in their action packed adventure and helps defeat the evil Mr. Dark. Ray Bradbury really made Something Wicked This Way Comes a very excellent fantasy book. He emphasized Will and James friendship. They acted like twin brothers and could never leave each others sight. I can relate to that because I have a twin sister that I could never let out of my sight, but now that she is gone to a boarding school in Dallas, I have gotten used to it. I like this book and would give it and 4 out of 5. If you like reading about historical facts and biographies or journals, this book is not for you. This is more of an adventure book. This text is not that difficult at the end but I was a little confused at the beginning. This is a great book and I give it a TWO THUMBS UP!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    Loved it

    Creepy, compelling, and all-in-all a good read. Highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Good...BUT definitely not Great

    The Science fiction/fantasy novel of "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is a slightly odd story of Common cause, Age, And Acceptance. It is about two friends (James Nightshade & William Halloway) from Green Town, Illinois who find themselves battling the forces of darkness! And an evil carnival. In this novel you the reader will find that when a strange man selling lightning rods (Mr. Fury) comes to town so do all of the problems within the story. Such as a Dust witch,a deadly carousel,and the notorious "Mr. Dark". You will find the boys being assisted by non other than Charles Halloway (Wills father). Also you will find the boys being encountered by the evil Mr. Cooger who is in charge of the carnival, a unhappy woman named miss Foley, the boys mothers, a barber named Mr. Crosetti, Mr. Tetly who owns the United Cigar Store, and Robert who turns out to be Miss Foley's real nephew who never really appears in the book. When you enter this tale of danger and fright you to will want to be part of the battle...BUT...This story isn't what it seems. Although it may be intriguing at first it is just as confusing as well. Ray Bradbury expresses the wonder of friendship and the magic of belief in this tall tale of adventure. Truly I did not enjoy the book as much as I intended to. I found it overwhelmingly confusing and awkwardly hard to understand. As I predicted the story ended to my liking,Even though it was as I felt,"uninteresting". I recommend this story to anyone who is a lover of mystical magic, dangerous frights, and the wonder of all. I would also like to add, to anyone who intends to read this wonderfully interesting and crazily confusing peace of literature...Beware the WITCH!!! - Christopher Allen

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    I did not like this book

    Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury is a book about two boys trying to stop an evil carnival from taking over their small town of Green town Illinois. The carnival has been traveling around the United States for two hundred years. Will and Jim, the main characters, go to the carnival thinking they will have a lot of fun, but instead they find all kinds of weird things. One strange thing they find is a woman, Miss Foley, saying strange things about how she lost her nephew in the mirror maze, but later she leaves like he never even exist. However, they find something that is a lot more interesting. They find a carousel that is out of order. Jim and Will didn't listen to the sign and still tried to get on the ride. Right when they are about to get on, two men named Mr. Dark and Mr. Cooger show up. Mr. Dark is tall and has tattoos all over his body, he is also known as the Illustrated Man. When Mr. Dark tells them to leave, they wait until he isn't looking and then hide in a tree to see what's so special about the merry-go-round. They soon find out that the carousel isn't really broken, but for some reason it goes in reverse, and plays "The Funeral March" backwards. They see Mr. Cooger, on the ride, but for some reason he looks as if he is melting every turn he goes around. It takes them a while to realize that Mr. Cooger was actually getting one year younger for each turn he went around. Soon they realize that he is her nephew and they quickly run to warn her that she is in danger. This book is an okay book that has a few twists and turns. I would only recommend it to someone that has absolutely nothing else to do.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Great read!

    Introduction- My book was about two boys that live in the country. Things get suspicious when the evil carnival comes to town. This is a great book and if you like mysterious story about ghouls and ghost, well get another book because this book is one of a kind that will rock your world!

    Description and summary of main points- When the two boys go investigate, they get caught up in a bunch of creepy madness. With the help of their dad, they all take down the evil man that runs the carnival.

    Evaluation- I thought this was a interesting, mysterious thriller. Ray Bradbury is a great author, but uses way to many details and metaphors. He knows how to keep the reader interested in finding out what's going to happen next.

    Conclusion- I think that this book is a good read. It is filled with creepy, mysterious parts that will get your heart pumping. There may be times that you will be frightened. So if you like scary book I would by this book.

    Your final review- I think that if you are a teen that likes to read mysterious, thrilling book, then you should go right now to the book store and get your own copy so you can get the excitement that Ray Bradbury put into this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2010

    A great find!

    Something Wicked This Way Comes is a journey filled with morals and adventure. Each page will have you in complete wonder for what the next will hold. This was a great book, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone below eighth grade due to its complexity and vocabulary.

    Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway's lives are turned from ordinary to extraordinary when Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show comes to the small Green Town. As they watch the train pull in during the night, they both feel the dark magic hiding behind all of the smoke and mirrors. The boys and Will's father, Charles, must work together to unveil the carnival for what it truly is-before it's too late!

    Ray Bradbury writes with a style that I've read nothing like before. Each paragraph is filled with poetry and metaphors that really make the story come alive. You really get a good taste for the personalities of the three main characters, Jim, Will, and Charles. Along with the characters themselves, you watch the relationship between the characters really change and strengthen. Although the first few chapters moved very slowly, one you get into this book, you won't want to put it down.

    I really enjoyed reading this book; it was a bit hard to comprehend, but very worth it. All of the characters are well developed. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good fiction book with lots of suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    Excellent Book!

    Book Review Outline
    Book title and author: Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
    Title of review: Excellent Book
    Number of stars (1 to 5):

    Most people who read horror stories constantly hear the folk lore about old carnivals and clowns. How they are usually haunted and creepy have two evil ringleaders that are either circus freaks or clowns. To illustrate that point perfectly, Ray Bradbury has conjured one of his best stories: Something Wicked This Way Comes. This excellent reader's choice book, though slow moving, has a very well played out plot.
    Description and summary of main points
    This plot, taking place by my guess in the late 80s or early 90s is set in an open field where the storm that never happens would've happened and where Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls in past midnight upon the rails of a freight. This carnival, as Jim Nightshade and William Halloway (the main characters), and Charles Halloway (Will's father) soon discover is controlled by some unknown omnipotent sinister force lurking just beneath the flesh of this circus madhouse. As Jim and Will take their first tentative step onto the carnival grounds, they soon begin to feel some dark and foreboding sensation (as I know you will) when they set foot beyond the Midway. As they pass by the ghostly hall of mirrors and haunted carousel they meet their first to circus freaks and evil entities in the carnival: Mr. Cooger and Mr. Dark (the Illustrated Man). Cooger and Dark come to mystify while stealing the very souls and life forces that they use to crush and morph into the own band of marauders. When Jim and Will realize this horror, they must run to save themselves and their own families from the ghastly Illustrated man and the impending doom.
    In this phenomenal masterpiece, Ray Bradbury has accomplished one of his best works as I've previously said. Though however great this book is, I would not recommend it to anyone beneath the eighth grade due to the difficulty of the read. Though, for those of you who commonly read in this category and are up to this challenge, this is a book you must read. I, and so many others especially in my family, have enjoyed this read. If you feel the same way we do, you'll love it too.
    Overall, the book has mostly good characteristics (except for the bad one I mentioned) including the character description, dialogue, plot, setting description, and so many others. If you are reading this now and looking for suggestions, that probably means you are ready to read.
    Your final review
    Once again, please know that you are ready to read at this level before buying it and read all the reviews you can to help your benefit; and as a line from Shakespeare states..
    'By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!'

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    ok if you like bradbury...

    I read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury because I needed to find a book for my highschool english class.

    This book has a very interesting plot with alot of twists and turns, but it was by far not my favorite book in the world. The only reason I feel this way is because I don't like Bradbury's writing stile; I find it difficult and bizzar.

    The story is about two thirteen-year-old boys who were born just minutes apart, one on October 30th, the other on Octber 31st. When an evil carnival comes to town the boys get caught up in the mysteries.

    I cannot compare this book to another fairly because I have never read another book like it.

    Bradbury yet again uses this book to show the difference between youth and age.. it was alright.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    For any Bradbury fan. I was totally hooked.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

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    Good Frightening Fun

    Perhaps the best book of its kind ever written. It is just plain spooky without the violence like you see in so many horor book today (such as Stephen King e.g)

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