Classics: Something Wicked This Way Comes

To try something new, we'll tie our next classic to the July discussion of the graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.  Moving on from Bradbury's dystopian novel, for August we will discuss Bradbury's tale about a diabolical carnival.

A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a “dark carnival” one Autumn midnight.  
For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope 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 boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Bradbury excels in revealing the dark side that exists in us all, teaching us ultimately to celebrate the shadows rather than fear them. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, he deftly explores the fearsome delights of one perfectly terrifying, unforgettable autumn.  Read more about the novel on .

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  • Colleen S.

    People may trivialize the theme, or the way the theme is presented because it has been done by other authors, but the fact remains that recurring themes exist because of the truth they tell. Discontent does create an opening in our lives that can let the bad stuff come in and take over. So, I really appreciated the message in the story.

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Sarah R. K.

      I like the theme, and agree it is an important one!

      August 8, 2013

  • Julie B.

    Have to be in a loan closing, next time!

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice, interactive discussion, good points brought out, nice folks.

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Sarah R. K.

      It was great meeting you Lois - hope to see you at the next meeting.

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Jennie... fat fingers I think. I really appreciate you confirming.

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is August 8th with "Something Wicked This Way Comes" off? I'm confused. Really enjoying the book though.

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for clarifying, Kate. I'm looking forward to meeting.

      July 21, 2013

    • Jennie

      Hi Lois, just wanted to mention that the meetup is on the 6th, not the 8th. We wouldn't want to miss you!

      July 21, 2013

  • Rick G.

    I just joined. How do find the list of books for the discussions?

    July 18, 2013

    • Sarah R. K.

      Hi Rick - Welcome to the group! We've been kind of announcing the books month by month. The classics are mixed into our other books, so in August we will also be doing St. Lucy's home for girls raised by wolves by Karen Russell. The meeting should be announced shortly and will be the week of August 19th.

      July 19, 2013

    • Sarah R. K.

      Also, we are doing Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves in October (date TBD)

      July 19, 2013

  • Sarah R. K.

    Sorry for the confusion! The Picture of Dorian Gray has been bumped. We can either do that one in early November or February. I'm thinking with the October book being more of a challenge it might be better to do The Picture of Dorian Gray in early November and Wutherin Heights in early February. We can take a vote at the Something Wicked meeting

    June 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just started it and find it very interesting. Looking forward to the meeting.

      July 16, 2013

  • Christina Lawson H.

    Also looking forward to my first meeting, though I fear I won't be able to make it until the end of August as I will be headed back home for 3 weeks

    July 15, 2013

  • brian

    looking towards my first meeting!

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to meeting you all... You sound like a GREAT group.

    June 25, 2013

  • dannielle i.

    Can't wait to see you there!

    1 · June 19, 2013

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