Book review: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury⁠


It’s the week before Hallowe’en, and Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled . . .

And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark carnival’s smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will also discover the true price of innermost wishes…


I so wanted to love this book since it’s a wildly popular one within the horror community, but unfortunately I didn’t. I barely even liked it in some ways.⁠

The story itself sounded fantastic, a creepy carnival full of horrifying characters comes into town and wreaks havoc. Um, yes please?! And, to be fair, the story was the best part of the book. Wildly imaginative and super eerie in places.⁠

The issue I had with this book, which in turn kind of ruined the story too, was the writing. I’m happy to read a book written in a floaty dreamlike style, but this one took it too far.⁠

This is a reasonably short book at under 300 pages, however, it took me such a long time to read it as I was having to go over sentences 2 or 3 times to really take in what was being told. The roundabout was of describing things was unbearable a lot of the time and really ruined the whole experience for me.⁠

Underneath the complicated writing style there was a good and spooky story, the book had huge amount of potential, it was just a shame I couldn’t understand most of it.⁠

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Book Details:

Pages: 276
Edition Published:
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Fiction
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.93

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