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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Something Wicked This Way Comes "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." - A line shared with Macbeth Ray Bradbury Author Bio Ray Bradbury was born on August 22nd, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, and passed away on June 5th, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. His wife, Maggie, passed away in 2003, and the two of them had four daughters and eight grandchildren together. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451, and The Martian Chronicles were his most famous works of fiction, among many other fantastic and well-praised novels. Bradbury had his first paying job as a writer when he was fourteen. He began to write short stories shortly after. By 1942, he had started his writing career. His inspiration came from a circus act done by ‘Mr. Electrico’ who told him to “live forever”, which he made sure to carry out through his large amount of timeless literature. Even when he could not write well into his old age, he had his daughters help him write down what he wanted. He wrote mostly fiction, with Fahrenheit 451 as his only science fiction novel, but also wrote essays and nonfiction pieces for magazines and other companies, dystopian novels leading in the rank of his most cherished works. Through his many years of writing, he’s written hundreds of short stories, along with close to fifty novels, many essays, plays, and poems, many of which are still very popular in the world today. Bradbury’s work was not limited to just writing, however; He also worked with screenwriting and animated pieces. There is an award named after him, The Ray Bradbury Award, for screenwriting. He’s also won as Emmy and had an asteroid named in his honor. Time Line of Events 1.) The Lightning rod salesman gives a lightning rod to Jim and Will for the approaching “storm”.
2.) Jim and Will learn of the carnival.
3.) The boys sneak out at night to watch the carnival arrive, only to get scared and return home.
4.) They visit the carnival the next day, and find the lightning rod salesman’s bag in the Mirror Maze they were previously afraid of.
5.) They meet Mr. Cooger and Mr. Dark, the founders of the carnival. Mr. Cooger rides the mysterious carousel backwards and becomes younger with every turn.
6.) Mr. Cooger pretended to be Miss Foley’s nephew and watched Jim and Will after they thought he killed the barber. “The nephew” made it look like Will and Jim stole from Miss Foley.
7.) Mr. Cooger returned to the carnival to become older again with the carousel, only for it to malfunction because Jim messed with the control box. He is assumed to be dead of wildly old age.
8.) The boys entered the freak tent, along with some police officers. Mr. Dark brings Mr. Cooger back to life with the electric chair. The police think it’s only an act/illusion.
9.) The blind Dust Witch from the carnival rode in a hot air balloon to Will and Jim’s house to mark their houses. Will chased after and managed to pop her balloon with arrows.
10.) Will and Jim find Miss Foley in town, only to find that she’s been made into a child.
11.) Mr. Dark approached Will’s father. He now has tattoos of Jim and Will on his palms.
12.) Will and Jim go to talk to Will’s father about the circus in the library. The circus apparently comes around every thirty years or so.
13.) Mr. Dark caught the boys and attacked Will’s dad. He brought them all to the carnival.
14.) Will’s father discovered that happiness and laughter could kill the freaks, and killed the dust witch with a bullet which had a smile carved into it. The mirror maze was destroyed by laughter and Will’s father killed Mr. Dark by hugging him.
15.) The freaks ran away, but Jim had been killed on the carousel. Will and his father sang to Jim until he was revived. Will’s father destroyed the carousels control box and the three returned to town. Tweets Will Halloway @thebestfriend
Drats. I lost Jim again today. That's the third time! Jim Nightshade @morbidtoyou
Snuck outta the house with @thebestfriend Going to see the carnival ride into town. Mr. Dark @illustrated_man
Little brats. Looking for @morbidtoyou and @thebestfriend. Let me know. Jim Nightshade @morbidtoyou
@illustrated_man So far gone that you'll never catch us! Old man! Ride the carousel some more! Mr. Cooger @notaginger
Think I rode the carousel too much #old Jim Nightshade Henry Thomas Will Halloway Freddie Highmore Charles Halloway Jeff Bridges Mr. Dark Jon Hamm Mr. Cooger Corbin Bernsen Salesman Christopher Walken Childhood friends, two boys born near an October midnight, one of light and imagination, one of darkness and reality. Both young, both good, both changed by the arrival of a fatal storm, lightning and rain and curiosity. Unknown adventure, town full of sights, full of belief and of deceit, lonely even when together. Books, wisdom, family. All countered by childish ignorance, running from time through Green Town. Halloween comes early, horror and supernatural and evil become a fatal chorus of fright and chaos. A circus, a carnival, a carousel, a musical calliope, breaking the silence, tempting all with mirrors and magic. Mysterious carousel of life and death, reigning over the young and the old, a deceiving puzzle. Aging is not what it seems. Relationships are tested in the pursuit of happiness, of survival from the pandemonium. Abusive insanity from the illustrated maze of darkness puts them to the test. All it takes is a smile, a laugh, to cure the town, to kill the intruders, to revive friendship, and reign victorious over them.

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