[Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury] “Something Wicked This Way Comes” follows two boys who happen to witness the arrival of a sinister troupe of traveling circus people in the middle of the night. They immediately sense the malicious intent of the group and have Cassandra-esque difficulty in convincing the town of what they know.
The story, at first a simple supernatural tale that resembles any local legend, takes a turn for the unexpected as the focus of the tale shifts from the two boys to one of their fathers.
You soon find that the story is loaded with meaning, both as a wild twist for the seemingly invincible child heroes of this genre, as well as an insightful take on growing old with dignity and the role of a caring parent to protect a child simply by believing them.
Compared to the wildly creative allegorical scope of Ray’s “The Martian Chronicles” (hands down amazing book), this intimate portrait of two friends and the father makes a case for the a very specific story, altered slightly, having a profound universality