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The October Country Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 7, 1999
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A lonely dwarf finds a personal use for the mirrors in a carnival funhouse, until someone makes a cruel practical joke out of it. A man becomes obsessed with the bones beneath his skin. A new mother is convinced that her child is trying to kill her. A poor family inherits a farmland and a terrible duty as well. An obstinate old woman simply refuses to die. A neurotic man fears the wind.
With all the modern horror I read I find it refreshing to pick up Mr. Bradbury's work from time to time and travel back to a quieter, simpler era, and this anthology satisfies. The stories are no less chilling for being over fifty years old. If you like tales in the vein of 'The Twilight Zone' this is just the sort of thing you will like.
This edition contains an introduction by the author in which he talks about the origins of some of the stories, and illustrations by Joe Mugnaini.
Bradbury's affection for small-town Midwestern United States - so readily apparent in his "The Martian Chronicles" - is an underlying theme in his book, especially in tales such as "Uncle Einar" and "Homecoming", which are, in part, inspired by his own youth. But yet another underlying theme is Bradbury's penchant for psychological horror, that is as terrifying as some of his best science fiction short stories (e. g. "The Illustrated Man"); three classic examples in this collection include the tales "The Next in Line", "The Small Assassin", and "The Scythe". Overall, Ray Bradbury's prose and storytelling skills certainly place him alongside Edgar Allen Poe as two of the United States' foremost masters of highly literate tales of horror. I certainly regard Bradbury as one of the finest writers of our time.
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This book came just like it looked like here nice new and my daughter was happy to get it even though it took awhile to get here,Published 12 days ago by WANDA
One of the best books I have ever read and the first time was in the 8th grade.. Kudos
If anyone is interested in writing this book is sure to get you into the mood. Read more
Anything by Ray Bradbury is excellent. Also, the artist who did the illustrations was exceptional. Check out "The Wind" and "The Scythe".Published 2 months ago by Nojokes
These short stories are perfect reads for autumn nights. The simple, emotional beauty of Bradbury's "The Lake" alone is worth the price of this book.Published 2 months ago by John H. in Canton, Ohio
A really excellent collection of spooky short stories.
If you were wondering, these stories are more in the line of horror than sci-fi.
It took me a long time to get to Ray Bradbury, for no real good reason. I think maybe I was nervous that the hype surrounding him was a sure sign he was going to let me down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bedeviled Haberdasher