Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury

Post by ScarecrowJack » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:22 am

Since there were Poe and Lovecraft posts thought I might put a Bradbury one for discussion.

I just watched "Something Wicked This Way Comes" yesterday for the first time in years and was pleased how well it held up. It's not a perfect adaptation, and the effects are obviously dated, but I was really pleased with it. I'm sure it helped that Bradbury wrote the screenplay.

I'm very impressed with his dark fantasy. I've read Something Wicked, The October Country, and the October Game. I actually read the October Game years ago w/out knowing who wrote it. It stuck with me for years. Last year I read a Halloween anthology where the story appeared and was pleased to find it again.

I think Bradbury has a knack for capturing that Halloween mood. What do others think?
We're the farmer's scarecrows
We scare away the birds,
We keep the farmer's corn safe
Without any words.
But when Halloween comes
We jump out of the ground
And we scare the boys and girls
When they come walking 'round.

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Re: Ray Bradbury

Post by NeverMore » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:37 pm

I've always been a sci-fi fan and he was one of my favorite authors. Even better when I found out he was a Halloween freak like us. When I saw this post I was gonna watch 'The Halloween Tree' on youtube but I see it's been taken down. Oh well.. can always listen to it.




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Re: Ray Bradbury

Post by adrian » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:56 am

His book "the Halloween Tree" is one of my favorite all time reads!
Last night 'twas witching Hallowe'en
Dearest; an apple russet- brown
I pared, and thrice above my crown
Whirled the long skin; they watched in keen;
I flung it far; they laughed and cried me shame
Dearest, there lay the letter of your name!

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Re: Ray Bradbury

Post by Murfreesboro » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:55 am

Ray Bradbury spoke at the Univ. of Richmond years ago when I was teaching there. He was a fascinating speaker, and the place was packed. A very optimistic man, full of energy and excitement about life, even though he was already old back in the late '80s.

He and Walt Disney were friends, and one of the things he told us about was a brain-storming session he and Disney had had about Walt Disney World. Disney did not live to see that park built, of course, but Bradbury had been in on the creation of it.

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Re: Ray Bradbury

Post by ScarecrowJack » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:40 pm

Actually, I've never read The Halloween Tree. I keep thinking I should, as I love his writing, particularly the Halloween writing. But I read that he included Sam Hain in part of the history and ol' Sam is just a huge pet peeve of mine. Even so, it's probably an amazing book.
We're the farmer's scarecrows
We scare away the birds,
We keep the farmer's corn safe
Without any words.
But when Halloween comes
We jump out of the ground
And we scare the boys and girls
When they come walking 'round.

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Re: Ray Bradbury

Post by adrian » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:40 pm

ScarecrowJack wrote:Actually, I've never read The Halloween Tree. I keep thinking I should, as I love his writing, particularly the Halloween writing. But I read that he included Sam Hain in part of the history and ol' Sam is just a huge pet peeve of mine. Even so, it's probably an amazing book.
I would HIGHLY recommend reading it. His poetic style of writing really shows itself off in that book. It's a short read but a goody. Plus the chapters are short which make it a perfect Bathroom Reader! :wink:
Last night 'twas witching Hallowe'en
Dearest; an apple russet- brown
I pared, and thrice above my crown
Whirled the long skin; they watched in keen;
I flung it far; they laughed and cried me shame
Dearest, there lay the letter of your name!

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