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Saturday 02 February 2019

Brighton Artist Illustrates New Edition Of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes

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."

Like Bradbury's prose, the images in this special The Folio Society edition invite the reader to venture a little deeper into that dark tent, promising wonders and horrors and everything in between. 

Tim McDonagh is an illustrator (who has worked on 'Something Wicked This Way Comes') living and working in Brighton, England. 

He uses a mix of traditional media including brushes, ink and pens mixed with a digital finish to create his artworks. 


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:

"I want to tell you why I love this book but in a way that doesn't diminish your personal encounter with it. 

"I want, rather, to enhance the experience you are about to have. More foreplay than foreword. Let me be your ramp.

"The main reason I love this book is Bradbury's prose. It is so rich, so ornate, so perfect for this macabre tale. 

"The style reminds me, somehow, of Jack Kerouac's."

Ray Bradbury was a full-time writer from the age of twenty-three who was born in Illinois in 1920, and spent most of his life in Los Angeles. 

He released his seminal work of dystopian science fiction, Fahrenheit 451, in 1953. He died in 2012.

'Something Wicked This Way Comes' By Ray Bradbury. Introduced by Frank Skinner. Illustrated by Tim McDonagh. CLICK HERE to purchase.

by: Mike Cobley




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