Happy Halloween! If you have time to read only one story today then I suggest it is Ray Bradbury’s haunting short story, The Homecoming. Though it has appeared in a few collections of Bradbury’s work, it was republished in 2006 as a stand-alone hardcover book with illustrations by Dave McKean. If you can get your hands on this version you’ll be glad you did. It is quintessential Bradbury – chock full of metaphors that leave you spinning with dark imagery, cold autumn wind, and mysterious characters. I can’t help but feel sympathetic and even akin to the lonely main character, Timothy. He longs for something he can’t have, and may never have, despite reassurances that he’s better off without it.
I know I’ve felt that way before, have you?
“And the wind began…As Timothy leaned out, a flesh-and-blood gargoyle, the vast armada of tomb dust and web and wing and October leaf and graveyard blossom pelted the roofs even as on the land around the hill shadows trotted the roads and threaded the forests armed with teeth and velvet paws and flickered ears, barking to the moon.” – Bradbury, The Homecoming.