God, how we get our fingers in each other’s clay. That’s friendship, each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of each other.
What tongue does the wind talk? What nationality is a storm? What country do rains come from? What color is lightning? Where does thunder go when it dies?
But three, now, Christ, three A.M.! Doctors say the body’s at low tide then. The soul is out. The blood moves slow … And wasn’t it true, had he read somewhere, more people in hospitals die at 3 A.M. than at any other time.
— Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
I finished another Bradbury book last week. I can add another check on my list of reading all of his work. It’s a great read for Halloween/fall/getting you in the Halloween spirit. Bradbury writes great fantasy, and has some scary description and action in this novel. If you like American Horror Story: Freak Show, I feel like this book might be up your alley (though I admit I haven’t watched the show).
The book focuses on Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, two boys almost 14. They’re best friends and live in houses next door to each other. Their friendship is tested, as are their lives, when a dark carnival comes to town, bringing an assortment of freaks and strange beings. Some of Bradbury’s most well-known characters come from this book, including Mr. Dark/the Illustrated Man.
Can’t wait to watch the movie based on Bradbury’s screenplay next!