The October Country
on the outskirts of a little, drowsy town.”
The October Country is a rare, shadow dusted blossom with multicolored petals, each tale a tiny wonder or terror intoxicating the reader with mysterious pollens. There is everything you’d expect from a collection of weird tales, yet Bradbury has that magic touch that transforms even common myths and fears into something completely his own.
From the backwoods night terrors of The J...more
Granted, Bradbury's style does take some getting used to - the man is emotionally honest and as people everywhere become more emotionally gua...more
The October Country is a collection of Ray Bradbury's macabre stories, I hesitate to label them as "horror stories" because they are not particularly horrifying, but they are mostly odd and unsettling, almost "new weird" but disqualified on the "new" part! I will just run through them quickly:
Frontspiece: Fifteen of the stories included in this collection were written before my twenty-sixth birthday and published in August Derleth's Arkham House edition of my first book DARK CARNIVAL.
What I really enjoy about Bradbury, aside from the exquisite prose, is the size of his heart. In a modern world full of deceit and backstabbing, dissimulation and partisanship, it is possible that we are already liv...more
This first collection is fabulous, showcasing Bradbury's sentimental side as well as facility with darker emotions, especially loneliness. It doesn't seem to matter how many times I read about that sea monster calling back to the foghorn or...more
Bradbury is at his best in short stories and every one in this collection doesn't disappoint. If you like the man at his most eerie, weird, disaffected and dark, this is essential reading.
Welcome to a land Ray Bradbury calls "the Undiscovered Country" of his imagination--that vast territory of ideas, concepts, notions and conceits where the stories you now hold were born. America's premier living author of short fiction, Bradbury has spent many lifetimes in this remarkable place--strolling through empty, shadow-washed fields at midnight; exploring long-forgotten rooms gathering dust behind doors bolted years ago to keep strangers locked out.. and secrets locked in. The nights ar
There are two "Family" stories in here and I must go find more. At some point.
And just...not a bad story in here, or even a mediocre one. Because they're all Bradbury. And the details are just...mmm. So good I have to let the taste linger and come back for the next taste. (That is to say, it took me a w...more
So, to mark the passing of the summer season into winter, here is Ray Bradbury's The October Country, his "netherworld of the soul", stories from the heart of one of the greatest writers alive today. As Bradbury says, despite his renown for Science Fiction and Fantasy he is "for better or worse th...more
OCTOBER COUNTRY ...that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal bins, closets, attics, and pantries fa...more
The Dwarf: A good start. Reminded me of Something Wicked This Way Comes, which I read earlier this month. Questions the power of illusion, and how it affects how we can see ourselves. Okay, but there are better...more
DARK CARNIVAL, Bradbury's first book, came out in April, 1947. It was published by Arkham House, best known for preserving the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Most of the stories in it first appeared in "Weird Tales", the pulp horror magazine for which Lovecraft wrote. In other words, the Ray Bradbury of DARK CAR...more
Bradbury's true talent is short fiction, as demonstrated by all of the 19 short stories here. I don't think a single one was badly written, or anything remotely close to it.
The author writes his tales in a genius blend of irony, horror, science fiction, and wit. Each story touches briefly into the unnatural, the eerie, the ethereal.
The Next In Line - The longest of the shorts, but well worth the read. In typical Bradbury fashion, a woman questions her mortality after a close encounter with mummies in Mexico. Like any good story, you find...more
I really enjoyed this book. All of Bradbury's stories are unique in style and story, and I always enjoy his strange yet incredibly accurate description and am compelled by the characters. However, this book has a lot to stand up to when compared to the books I have already read, and I'm not sure this quite stands up. While each story is beautifully writte...more
Non tutti i racconti sono allo stesso livello.
Alcuni sono perfetti per la vecchia serie "Ai confini della realtà" e a dire il vero esisteva anche "The Ray Bradbury Theater" e probabilmente alcuni li hanno girati ma io purtroppo non li ho mai visti.
Il barattolo Ha sapore di Erskine Caldwell. ****
L'emissario Tim Burton ne farebbe una spledida versione animata. *****
Il sacro fuoco ****
And his fantastical elements -- they're like something out of a dream, and Mr. Bradbury knows exactly whic...more
Bravo for the October Country and praise to Ray Bradbury for this amazing collection of short stories. The best collection of stories I have read to date by any author, both because of content and emotional investment I have in the stories. Having something that allows me to reread over and over and remember the first time I ever picked up a Bradbury book. What fond memories flow back into my brain.
The collection contains 19 stories ranging from the bizarre, th...more