A signed limited edition of the Bradbury classic, this is limited to 500 copies, signed by Ray Bradbury. The front cover is by Bradbury's favorite artist, Joe Mugnaini and appeared only on the original U.K. edition. The back cover is a never before published painting by Bradbury which Mugnaini used as a guide for his cover. Bradbury provides a new introduction. Also included is 7 pages of Bradbury's original typed screenplay for the Disney version of the film, complete with handwritten corrections and notes to himself.
A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a "dark carnival" one Autumn midnight. How these two innocents, both age 13, save the souls of the town (as well as their own), makes for compelling reading on timeless themes. What would you do if your secret wishes could be granted by the mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark? Bradbury excels in revealing the dark side that exists in us all, teaching us ultimately to celebrate the shadows rather than fear them. In many ways, this is a companion piece to his joyful, nostalgia-drenched Dandelion Wine, in which Bradbury presented us with one perfect summer as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, he deftly explores the fearsome delights of one perfectly terrifying, unforgettable autumn. --Stanley Wiater