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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.
Autumn is the season that draws me back to my central-Kentucky childhood. Back then, the daytime temperature would hover just above freezing point, the sun a warm disc in the chill blue sky. Leaves would slowly shift to orange and ochre and brown before cascading down in piles that reached your knees. The air smelled of cider, and you could always find pumpkins -- lined for purchase in fields, in stacks at the grocery, by every front door. Nights were different. The cold came down like a hammer. It stiffened the leaves into parchment and brittled the grass with frost. Wind would moan around the eaves like an afflicted spirit. As the season crawled near to winter, I'd wake to find the water in the horses' paddocks frozen like a stone. Autumn was a thing of beauty and eeriness, as is Ray Bradbury's short-story collection The October Country.
Nearly all of the material tilts toward horror, although it's an older kind that's unafraid to commingle sentiment and scares. Many of the stories are one-weird-idea tales, throwing an intentional kink in the order of things. In "The Scythe," a migrant farmer inherits a field of grain from a stranger, along with a sickle on which is engraved "Who Wields Me -- Wields the World!" He discovers too late why the wheat ripens in patches, why there's just enough for him to cut each day, and why it springs up again soon after he slices it down. "Skeleton" features a nervous hypochondriac whose bones might be rebelling against him or who may be in thrall to a sinister physician. Another doctor inadvertently aids "The Small Assassin" -- a newborn with the facilities of an adult and murder on his mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good stories - poor Kindle implementation. Where is the table of contents? Due to no navigation step to the table of contents you're not able to get to a specific chapter without... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kevin Hobson
I enjoyed this anthology of stories. It was like watching the Twilight Zone.Published 28 days ago by EZ1980
An anthology of early short stories by Ray Bradbury is bound to be a delight, right? Here's my thoughts, story by story....
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Truly, Bradbury's greatest collection of stories. Dark, wonderful, thought provoking, and unforgettable. One if not my favorite book of all time.Published 1 month ago by A.POW
This is a really good book. It's a very nice size. It's big enough to read, but small enough to travel with. It smells really good too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic early Bradbury tales, mostly in the Weird Tales mode, but with a few outliers.
One of the outliers, a long story (for Bradbury) called "The Next in Line"... Read more
I always start reading Bradbury around September, and The October Country is no exception. This is made up of a handful of short-stories, all of which revolve around a central... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justin L.