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by Ray Bradbury

Category: Science Fiction
Subcategory: Sci-fi
Author: Ray Bradbury
ISBN: 0671017918
ISBN13: 978-0671017910
Language: English
Publisher: Pocket Books; New Ed edition (October 5, 1998)
Pages: 288
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Ray Bradbury's The October Country is often held up as the closest Bradbury ever came to doing a horror anthology, and while not every story here is a dark one, there's no shortage of nightmares here.

Ray Bradbury's The October Country is often held up as the closest Bradbury ever came to doing a horror anthology, and while not every story here is a dark one, there's no shortage of nightmares here.

There was just Charlie, the horse timing his gray hoofs, and the crickets. And the jar behind the high seat. It sloshed back and forth, back and forth. Sloshed wet. And the cold gray thing drowsily slumped against the glass, looking out, looking out, but seeing nothing, nothing. Charlie leaned back to pet the lid.

The October Country book. Ray Bradbury's second short story collection is back in print, its chilling encounters with funhouse mirrors, parasitic accident-watchers, and strange poker chips intact. Both sides of Bradbury's vaunted childhood nostalgia are also on display, in the celebratory "Uncle Einar," and haunting "The Lake," the latter a fine elegy to childhood loss.

The October Country is a 1955 collection of nineteen macabre short stories by American writer Ray Bradbury. It reprints fifteen of the twenty-seven stories of his 1947 collection Dark Carnival, and adds four more of his stories previously published elsewhere. The 1955 hardcover and 1956 and 1962 softcover versions featured artwork by Joseph Mugnaini that was replaced in 1971 by an entirely different Bob Pepper illustration

The October Country is many places: a picturesque Mexican village where death is a tourist attraction; a city .

The October Country is many places: a picturesque Mexican village where death is a tourist attraction; a city beneath the city where drowned lovers are silently reunited; a carnival midway where a tiny man's most cherished fantasy can be fulfilled night after night. Each of the stories in Ray Bradbury's masterful collection is a wonder, imagined by an acclaimed tale-teller writing from a place of shadows.

She moved carefully, for the steps were hardly enough to contain a child's feet. It got dark and she heard the caretaker stepping after her, at her ears, and then it got light again. They stepped out into a long whitewashed hall twenty feet under the earth, dimly lit by a few small gothic windows high in the arched ceiling.

Books by Ray Bradbury. Homesteading the October Country. And THE OCTOBER COUNTRY is inevitable. When I finished my first short story in the seventh grade I knew I was on the right path to immortality. Or the sort of immortality that counts, being remembered here and there in your time while alive, existing a few years after your death beyond all that.

Ray Bradbury's THE OCTOBER COUNTRY is a land of metaphors that can chill like a long-after-midnight wind. as they lift the reader high above a sleeping Earth on the strange wings of Uncle Einar. Aimee watched the sky, quietly. Tonight was one of those motionless hot summer nights. The concrete pier empty, the strung red, white, yellow bulbs burning like insects in the air above the wooden emptiness. The managers of the various carnival pitches stood, like melting wax dummies, eyes staring blindly, not talking, all down the line. Two customers had passed through an hour before.

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Ray Bradbury's The October Country is often held up as the closest Bradbury ever came to doing a horror anthology, and while not every story here is a dark one, there's no shortage of nightmares here. There's "Skeleton," in which a man becomes horrifying aware of the bones within his body and becomes convinced that they're trying to take over his life; there's the surprisingly nasty ending of "The Man Upstairs," in which a young boy becomes convinced that the lodger living upstairs in a vampire; and there's "The Small Assassin," about a possibly murderous infant, and a story that has one of the nastiest last lines in memory. In other words, there's plenty of darkness here, and while Bradbury isn't going to be mistaken for the full-fledged horror of a King or a Barker, there's some wonderfully dark, Gothic material here.

But more than that, there's the imagination and heart that Bradbury was so known for, and no story better unifies those ideas than the wonderful "Homecoming." A favorite of Neil Gaiman's (and the influence on Gaiman's world is evident), "Homecoming" tells the story of a family of monsters - vampires, ghosts, and more - coming together for a family reunion, all told from the perspective of the one "normal" child in the family. It's sweet, heartbreaking, and ends on an optimistic and heartfelt note that made me smile. Or take "The Emissary," about a young boy, confined to his room because of sickness, who experiences the world entirely through his roaming dog and the visitors he brings home - a story that opens with wonder and heart, slowly turns to heartbreak, and then becomes terrifying. And that's not all - once you add to the collection some stories that show off Bradbury's rich sense of humor - the elderly woman who refuses to die in "There Was an Old Woman," or the ridiculous satire of trend followers that is "The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse" - and you have a wonderful collection that reminds you what made Bradbury so special.
I was missing some of the Bradbury stories I read as a child and picked this up, not remembering if it held any of my favorites. All of the stories were new to me, and completely delightful--in each, Bradbury chooses an imaginative theme and iterates on it with beautiful, visceral language. The stories are classic weird fiction/dark fantasy, and reminded me also of the Hitchcock curated stories I read as a kid. Of these 18 stories, many of my favorites were in the second half of the book.

The Dwarf--3 stars--a woman tries to help a little person being bullied by her coworker at the pier carnival, with disastrous results.

The Next in Line--4 stars--husband and wife on a vacation in Mexico visit the mummies in the local cemetery: people whose families can't afford to pay the rent on their graves. After seeing them lined up in the catacomb a rift grows between the husband and wife, and slowly undoes them. Classic descent-into-madness story.

The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse--3 stars--a short, comedic satire about one conventional man's obsession with the young intelligentsia.

Skeleton--5 stars--A man at war with his own skeleton. The ending is priceless, and though the premise is absurd, I found myself having had the same strange thoughts at one time or another in my own life.

The Jar--4 stars--A farmer buys a freakish specimen suspended in a jar to impress his neighbors at home, who gather nightly to speculate on what it might be. I loved that the different guesses of the townsfolk were stand-ins for our different ways of seeing the world. Also, Bradbury is such a master of descriptive prose.

The Lake--4 stars--Childhood friends separated, but not forever, by death. Poignant and beautiful.

The Emissary--5 stars--One of my favorite stories. The dog of a bedridden boy roams the outside world and brings back the smells of everything on his fur. Sometimes too, the dog brings the boy companions, both welcome and strange.

Touched with Fire--3 stars--Short story about two old men who try to help a cantankerous woman undesirous of interference. Funny and entertaining.

The Small Assassin--2 stars--I'm never a huge fan of stories about mothers and fathers whose babies are out to get them.

The Crowd--5 stars--Lovely, intriguing, creepy premise about the people who crowd around car accidents.

Jack-in-the-Box--4 stars--A recluse mother and her boy, who doesn't know that he's a recluse. She's raised him to think that the house is the universe, the different stories and rooms are countries and lands, and that out in the trees and beyond them, there are beasts who would rend the boy to pieces. More beautiful descriptions, though modern readers will probably feel that this story has been done many times.

The Scythe--3 stars--Bradbury's take on the Grim Reaper.

Uncle Einar--4 stars--A man with wings has a mid-life crisis.

The Wind--3 stars--A man is persecuted by the wind. (In this story as in all of Bradbury's stories, the speculative element is used to enhance the humanity of the characters--this story is actually about friendship, and the guilt of not being there for your old friend when he needs you most)

The Man Upstairs--4 stars--Delicious sinister story about a boy and the new mysterious boarder in his grandmother's house.

There Was An Old Woman--5 stars--An old woman who sees the man in black coming for her, and refuses to die. Aunt Tildy is a wonderfully drawn, hilarious character.

The Cistern--4 stars--A short but beautiful love story about two dead people in the sewer.

Homecoming--5 stars--This is the kind of story I remember loving Bradbury for. A family of vampires, (sort of, they drink blood but have other fantastic talents as well), has a reunion. Unfortunately for Timothy, the only human member of his family, the reunion brings to life all of his embarrassment and longing. Again, the story is about what it's like to be 14-years-old, couched in the great creativity of Bradbury's fantastic descriptions and characters.

The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone--4 stars--Not really speculative, but a meditation on literary success and failure. The characters reminded me of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and as always the imagery was vivid and beautiful.
I’ve been a fan of Bradbury for longer than I remember. His stories never fail to entertain. I had this book years ago in print and I don’t know what happened to it, so I am glad to now have it on my Kindle. There are so many great stories to revisit, many that I forgot about until I began to read them again. I highly recommend this collection of classic Bradbury, whether you are a longtime fan or a newcomer to his works won’t be disappointed!
I always start reading Bradbury around September, and The October Country is no exception. This is made up of a handful of short-stories, all of which revolve around a central theme of Fall/Autumn/Halloween/Spooky/Scary/Supernatural/etc. This is a great read not only to get into the Halloween spirit, but a great tone setter for Fall in general.
Unfortunately, spellcheck decided to “edit” this copy. I have always loved Ray Bradbury for his descriptive phrases, but this copy tore them to pieces. I wish I had paid more attention to some of the review comments regarding the spelling errors. Ruined the book for me. I will pay more attention to such comments in the future.
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