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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Novel, 1962.

I have written about this book and its origins on my blog. Click here to read.


Bradbury's classic novel of an evil carnival that comes to a small Illinois town began life as a short story, "The Black Ferris", first published in 1948. Bradbury later developed the story as a screen treatment for Gene Kelly, but the film was never made.

However, some twenty years after the novel was published, Bradbury wrote a new screenplay which was filmed by Jack Clayton.

In 2003, Bradbury mounted his first stage production of Something Wicked. His stage script was used as the basis for the 2007 Colonial Audio Theatre full cast dramatisation of the story.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

First published in 1962.

Picture shows 1980 Panther paperback edition. Cover art by Peter Goodfellow.

Avon Books hardcover edition (June 1999).Cover art by Tim O'Brien.


Alfred A. Knopf hardcover edition, April 1983. Cover art by Gray Foy, originally designed for the 1962 edition..


Bantam paperback, December 1979.


Bantam paperback (movie tie-in), June 1983.


Avon paperback, 1998.


Center Point hardcover, 2001.


Bantam paperback, 1990. Cover art by J.K.Potter.


Denoel edition, France 1993. (The literal translation of the title is "The fair of darkness" - which would make it a reasonable translation of Dark Carnival!)


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