Announcing the ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Read Along

Something Wicked This Way Comes button

This is what happens when you talk-up scary books on social media. A read along is born! Sandy and I were talking about our Summer of King reads and scary books in general and somehow this book came up. I think I was looking up the scariest reads ever and Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes was on the list. I remember jotting down a few others as well but this one, this one I have NEVER read.

When I read the blurb for the book I immediate saw, small town, a carnival/circus like setting,  Halloween Eve and thought…YESSSSSS. Plus, for you busy folks, it’s a short read. (300 pages give or take depending on what version you pick-up).


-Hosted by Ti (Book Chatter) and Sandy (You’ve Gotta Read This!)

-The read along begins on October 1, 2014 and ends on October 31, 2014 (Halloween, muahahaha!)

-This read along will take place mostly on Twitter using the hashtag #EnterTheRingmaster. Use the hashtag to share your thoughts while reading. Search for that hashtag on Twitter to see what readers are saying.

-The book is short and broken down into three sections but with my Kindle version I don’t have page numbers so for those who want structure, here are some guidelines:

  • Finish Section 1 (Chapters 1-24) by Friday, October 10th
  • Finish Section 2 (Chapters 25-44) by Friday, October 24th
  • Finish Section 3 (Chapters 45-54) by Friday, October 31st

-On each of those dates, I will try to post a little update on the blog for anyone who’d rather chat there.

Sound like fun? I believe the book cover is being redesigned, at least, all of his other books have been redesigned so give yourself some time to either buy a copy or order it from the library so that you will have it for October. Right now, the Kindle version is very reasonable.


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25 thoughts on “Announcing the ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Read Along”

  1. Oh my god, I read this book when I was 12 or 13. That was many years ago and its haunted me ever since. I honestly can’t remember what it’s about other than there’s 2 boys, a ringmaster and a circus or carnival. I saw the movie afterwards but it was a disappointment. Please count me in! I have been meaning to reread this for years. In part, I’m scared that reading it as an adult will diminish some of the magic I felt as a child but what the heck, I’m in!

    1. I can’t recall if I commented back or not so I am going to again just in case.

      I love carnivals. Especially the dark side of carnivals. Another reason why I cannot wait for American Horror Story this October. It’s a freak show theme this time around and I am so there. 

      So glad you can join us. 


  2. Must be fate, I just picked this book up yesterday :D. I remember watching the movie when I was just a kid, but never got to the book. Great choice.

    1. I haven’t read it before so I can’t give you a scare quotient but carnivals can be creepy on their own. I imagine it will be good. 


  3. So very excited for this! I looked at the scary carnival movies, and only two are streaming Netflix. Boo. May have to defer to my pirating son.

    1. I was thinking that a “dark” carnival, if it ever came to town, would be pretty popular around Halloween. Let’s hit the road, Sandy!  You can be the ringmaster and our kids can provide the entertainment. I will be the hired lackey. 


  4. I’ve already read this one and it was a lot of fun but my library has the digital audiobook so maybe I’ll listen along with y’all. I’ve been looking for shorter audiobooks to listen to on my “commute”

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