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It’s All Hallow’s Eve, and Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to town.

Hear the music, see the lights, shrug off life’s worries and enter a place where dreams are not dreams, and wishes can be real.

All this awaits two boys trembling on the brink of manhood. But entering the smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will discover that not all dreams are worth the cost that must be paid . . .

Ray Bradbury’s seminal tale of life in small-town America is as prescient today as it was sixty years ago.


A darkly poetic tale . . . probably Bradbury's best work
Stephen King
Ray Bradbury's most poignant evocation of the hopes and frustrations of smalltown life
The Encylopedia of Fantasy
A timeless rite-of-passage book
Washington Post
The novel is drenched in darkness, every character a slice of night
A brilliant story brilliant executed. A must-read for fans of dark fantasy or horror, especially horror
SF Site
One of our eminent dreamers . . . the Hans Christian Andersen of the jet age
Brian W. Aldiss