Something Wicked This Way Comes
Introduced by Frank Skinner
Illustrated by Tim McDonagh
‘The writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream’
Step into the sideshow tent and witness the wonders – and horrors – of Ray Bradbury’s dark fantasy masterpiece. Described by Bradbury himself as the book he loved ‘best of all the things I have written’, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a timeless classic of fantasy horror. For this, the first illustrated edition, Tim McDonagh has created seven spectacular colour illustrations dripping with carnivalesque menace. The eerie inhabitants of Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show are lit with the gaudy yellow and red lights of the funfair, while Mr Dark leers from the midst of his attractions, the faces of his victims tattooed across his palms.
Like Bradbury’s prose, the images in this special Folio edition invite the reader to venture a little deeper into that dark tent, promising wonders and horrors and everything in between. Comedian and actor Frank Skinner lists the book as amongst his favourites, and in his incisive and affectionate introduction to this edition he examines the many delicious flavours of fear in a novel layered with meaning and portents.
A darkly poetic tale of smoke and mirrors, temptation and lost innocence, Something Wicked This Way Comes continues to influence the modern masters of horror. Echoes of the sinister carousel move through the heart of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning American Gods, while Stephen King, who wrote extensively about the book in his non-fiction work Danse Macabre, advises that it is: ‘one of those books about childhood … that adults should take down once in a while … not just to give to their own children, but in order to touch base again themselves with childhood’s brighter perspectives and darker dreams.’
Other Ray Bradbury titles available from The Folio Society include The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451.
Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by Tim McDonagh Set in Columbus. 274 pages; 7 colour illustrations including 1 double page spread. Pictorial slipcase. 9½˝ x 6¼˝
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