Seasonal Reads: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Do you ever find yourself coming back to a certain story at a certain time of year?  I often re-read books during a specific month or season that I feel is inextricably tied to the book.  Here’s what I’m reading right now to get in the spirit of the season.

 Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)

swtwcThis short novel, published in 1962, is basically the original “Goosebumps” book.  R.L. Stine has said it’s his favorite scary book and it had a big influence on him as a teen (here’s a cute video of him talking about it for Google Play.)  But even beyond the dark fantasy/horror genre, it’s really a classic in American literature.

SWTWC is the story of two 13-yr-old boys—Will and Jim, one light, one dark—who get caught up with Cooger and Dark’s Combined Shadow Shows when it comes to their small Midwestern town at 3am one late October day.  Will and Jim are curious boys, but the carnival will do anything to protect its secrets…and it’s always looking for new members.

The story’s horror aspects stay in “creepy” territory, and I like how psychological it is.  This is really a perfect book for teenagers, but at the same time stands up to multiple re-readings as an adult.  The prose is simply gorgeous and the book has so much to say about concepts like temptation and desires, growing up and then growing old, friendship, fatherhood, and conquering your fears.  Every time I read it I’m struck by new profound and beautiful phrases.  This is actually the only Bradbury I’ve read, and I have no idea why because this is the kind of writing that is sadly missing from a lot of popular literature.


5 thoughts on “Seasonal Reads: Something Wicked This Way Comes

  1. starwarsanon November 3, 2014 / 11:43 am

    I used to read the whole LOTR every autumn and Harry Potter every summer. LOTR is due to the fact that they start off on their quest in autumn and the Harry Potter books always came out in July so I would read all the previous ones leading up to the new one. Then it turned into a tradition.

    I have since stopped because now there are 7 HP books, which would probably take me into Sept/Oct and the LOTR novel is so large that it takes me all the way into Dec…which only leads 6 months of reading other novels. Not enough time! I read all the HP books again last year, but I think it’s been 6 years since I read LOTR 😦 I should get on it, but just haven’t found the time yet. So many other books to read…


    • Mei-Mei November 3, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      It’s so hard to balance re-reading your favorites with all those new books on the “to-read” list, especially when sometimes it’s hard to find time to read at all.
      Harry Potter in summer is a great idea! Maybe I’d just do one book per year though, lol.


      • starwarsanon November 3, 2014 / 9:32 pm

        I tried to do that but they’re so addicting that you can never just do one


      • Mei-Mei November 4, 2014 / 8:36 pm

        Ah, too true!


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