Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Hey Frightners!

So as most of you know I am a big comic book fan and though I stick mainly to reading my super hero stories I always keep my eye out for anything horror related and luckily today I came across the authorized graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes!"

Now I haven't actually read the actual book (shame on me!) but I have read The Halloween Tree and own the VHS animated version of it so I figured it was a no brainer to pick this adaptation up and give it a whirl. The introduction was written by Mr. Bradbury so that told me he must have given this adaptation his seal of approval.

Now if you don't know the story of Something Wicked This Way Comes it goes a little something like this:

"Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show howls into Green Town, Illinois, at three in the morning, a week before Halloween.Under it's carnival tents are a mirror maze that steals wishes; a carousel that promises eternal life, in exchange for your soul; the Dust Witch, who unerringly foresees your death; and Mr. Dark, the illustrated Man, who has lived for centuries off the misery of others. Only two boys, Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, recognize the dark magic at work and have a plan to stop this anchient evil if it doesn't kill them first!"

Since I am adding a dark carnival of sorts to my haunt this year I saw this book as the perfect read for me. I am interested in what Mr. Dark's carnival has in store for both Will and Jim and what Dark illusions they will experience. Maybe the story will inspire some ideas for my haunt?

Since this is a graphic novel it is fully illustrated in comic book fashion. The drawings remind me slightly of the animated Halloween Tree, special simple clean lines. There is no color as it is all in black and white but that doesn't bother me much. I am less then half way through the book and will give a full review when complete but if you are a fan of Ray Bradbury and his works then I think you will like this adaptation.

To purchase the graphic novel adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Come you can go to either AMAZON or the publishers website FSG Books.

I intend on picking up the full book once I have read through this to compare but overall I am looking forward to what seems like another cool and creepy Halloween Story by Ray Bradbury!

Stay Frightful!


Justine's Halloween said...

I feel like I mentioned this earlier to you, but 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' is my favorite book. I'd love to see what the graphic novel is like!

Grimlock Manor said...

You probably did at one point Justine hehe! So far the Graphic Novel is pretty good! I am going to have to read the book once I am done to compare the two.

The Frog Queen said...

Definitely read the book!!! Thanks for the heads up on the graphic novel, I will definitely check it out.


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