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The October Country Mass Market Paperback – April 12, 1985
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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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Excellent book! Owned it years ago but it disappeared. Happy to have it back!Published 1 month ago by J. Meyers
Scary stuff. The kind of scary that gets in your bones and hangs out for awhile after you close the book each day.Published 3 months ago by Kathleen W
Ray Bradbury's short stories are designed for the thinking person who enjoys fantasy/science fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. E. Kurtz
I mean, I'm a bit biased. Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors, if not my favorite. But I really did enjoy the book!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer