Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Writer Wednesday: The Halloween Tree
Ray Bradbury is an icon of twentieth century writing. The first Bradbury I read was The Martian Chronicles. Last year, at Halloween, I read Something Wicked This Way Comes. This year, it was The Halloween Tree. Bradbury is enchanting and his stories are transportive into a realm of science fiction, horror and intrigue. In an interview about Universal monsters, Bradbury relates his early experiences with the Universal horror movies of the 1920s and 30s and their impact on his writing. I too have drawn from the appeal of the Universal classic monsters in my writing.
The Halloween Tree is especially interesting as it delves into the meaning of Halloween symbols. Historic time periods that have given their traditions to current celebrations from ancient Egypt to modern Mexico are explored. Bradbury's imagery is captivating and both its beauty and simplicity work to deliver an effectively scary atmosphere. Bradbury's work is infused with love for genre, words and the light of humanity striving in a troubled world.
My best to you all,