Ray Bradbury and The Halloween Tree

Famed fantasy and science fiction author Ray Bradbury died on Tuesday night at the age of 91. His works have penetrated our consciousness, the mere mention of their titles, "The Martian Chronicles", "The Illustrated Man", "Fahrenheit 451", "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Dandelion Wine", evoke a range of emotions and memories. Like many, I absorbed his works, in school, on television, in movies, and even in the town which I used to live. For a time I lived in Waukegan, Illinois, the birthplace of Bradbury, and his living spirit haunted that once prosperous place, a city he called "Green Town.""I do not use my intellect to write my stories and books; I have a gut reaction to the thi … [Read more...]