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Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation by Ron Wimberly

August 3, 2011

Author: Ron Wimberly

Title: Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation

Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel

Publication Date: July 19, 2011

Number of Pages: 130

Geographical Setting: Green Town, Illinois

Time Period: Late October in the 1920’s

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Something Wicked This Way Comes is about two 13-year-old boys, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, who have a harrowing experience with a nightmarish traveling carnival that comes to their Midwestern town one October. The carnival’s leader is the mysterious “Mr. Dark” who bears a tattoo for each person who, lured by the offer to live out his secret fantasies, has become bound in service to the carnival. Mr. Dark’s malevolent presence is countered by that of Will’s father, Charles Halloway, who harbors his own secret desire to regain his youth. Jim and Will recognize the dark magic at work and have to come up with a plan to stop this ancient evil. As a graphic novel, the addition of dark/light pages and detailed illustration add to the ambiance of the story.

Subject Headings: carnival, boys, fathers and sons, magic, male friendship, the Illustrated Man, good vs. evil.

Appeal: fantastical, nostalgic, vibrant, classic, creepy, suspenseful, imaginative, entertaining, dark.

3 terms that best describe this book: mysterious, disturbing, phantasmagorical.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?)

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

American Sideshow by Marc Hartzman. (A fascinating look into the history of the American sideshow and its performers. Learn what’s real, what’s fake, and what’s just downright bizarre.)

Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder. (Offers practical instructions for the Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation, which resemble yoga postures.)

The Fortune Telling Book: Reading Crystal Balls, Tea Leaves, Playing Cards, and Everyday Omens of Love and Luck by Gillian Kemp. (Filled with practical advice, gypsy folklore, and both ancient and modern divinations, this lavishly illustrated primer reveals the future to all those who believe and shows how to employ crystal balls, tea leaves, and playing cards to predict the future.)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Bloody Carnival by Matt Kurtz, Darren W. Pearce, Neal Levin, and Mindy MacKay, etc. (Freak shows, rusted rides, demonic ring mistresses, demented clowns, melting beauty queens, flesh-eating fun-seekers, ghosts, gremlins and other terrors haunt the pages of this bloody collection of thirty-four short stories.)

The Dreaming Jewels by Theodore Sturgeon. (A eight-year-old boy runs away and joins the carnival only to realize that a threat far greater than his cruel father inhabits the carnival and has been searching for him longer than he has been alive.)

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. (Odd and creepy with dark secrets. This is another graphic novel that features a carnival, in this case a mini one, a traveling Punch & Judy show.)