The October Country is Ray Bradbury’s own netherworld of the soul, inhabited by the horrors and demons that lurk within all of us. Renowned for his multi-million-copy bestseller, Fahrenheit 451, and hailed by Harper’s magazine as “the finest living writer of fantastic fiction,” Ray Bradbury proves here that he is America’s master of the short story. This classic collection features:The Emissary: The faithful dog was the sick boy’s only connection with the world outside—and beyond . . .The Small Assassin: A fine, healthy baby boy was the new mother’s dream come true—or her worst nightmare . . .The Scythe: Just when his luck had run out, Drew Erickson inherited a farm from a stranger; and with the bequest came deadly responsibilities . . .The Jar: A chilling story that combines love, death . . . and a matter of identity in a bottle of fear.The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone: A most remarkable case of murder—the deceased was delighted . . . Plus fourteen more unforgettable tales!“An author whose fanciful imagination, poetic prose, and mature understanding of human character have won him an international reputation.”—The New York Times
When her great-aunt Georgia dies unexpectedly, Katie Rogers leaves her dead-end life in Tennessee to inherit the family curios shop in the small town of Avery, Vermont where she learned magic in the summers of her youth. Now, Katie can barely cast a decent hangover spell, and with so little power left at her disposal, she’s running out of options. While her mother and sister pressure her to seek help from an old flame, Katie struggles to keep the business afloat by herself while fending off help from the mayor. But when a decades-old mystery makes a stunning return to town, the good people of Avery begin dusting off their torches and pitchforks, including the annoyingly handsome Sheriff Holte. For Katie, keeping the family shop intact will mean uncovering the secrets of Avery, and finding a strength within herself that goes much deeper than the botched love spell that got her into this mess.
On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious "spirit" Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween. Featuring the evocative prose and imagery of Ray Bradbury, the fine acting of the Colonial Radio Theater players, and atmospheric music and sound effects, this story will send shivers of delight (and spine-chilling terror) through listeners young and old, long after the last candle has died in your jack-o'-lantern.
The 10th anniversary edition of The Graveyard Book includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood as well as sketches from the illustrator, handwritten drafts, and Neil Gaiman’s Newbery acceptance speech.IT TAKES A GRAVEYARD TO RAISE A CHILD.Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.The Graveyard Book, a modern classic, is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) medals.
The Martian Chronicles, a seminal work in Ray Bradbury's career, whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage, is available from Simon & Schuster for the first time.In The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury, America’s preeminent storyteller, imagines a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor— of crystal pillars and fossil seas—where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a vanished, devastated civilization. Earthmen conquer Mars and then are conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race. In this classic work of fiction, Bradbury exposes our ambitions, weaknesses, and ignorance in a strange and breathtaking world where man does not belong.
When the carnival comes to town, two boys unearth the terrifying and horrible secrets that lurk within Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show and learn the consequences of wishes, as a sinister and evil force is at work in Green Town, Illinois. Reprint.