Something Wicked This Way Comes | Study Guide

Ray Bradbury

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Something Wicked This Way Comes | A Brief Afterword | Summary



The author's Afterword explains how Gene Kelly's "films and his friendship were a catalyst" for the novel. Bradbury met Kelly in 1950, and the two became friends. In 1955, Kelly invited Bradbury to a screening of his movie Invitation to the Dance. After the screening, Bradbury expressed a desire to work with Kelly on a movie. Bradbury found a short story, "The Black Ferris," and turned it into an 80-page screenplay called Dark Carnival. Kelly shopped it around to obtain financing, but with no luck. Over the next five years, Bradbury turned the screenplay into the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes.


The story presented in the Afterword underscores one of the messages of the novel: the power of working together, making friends, building relationships. Wickedness isolates, while goodness unifies and connects. Bradbury attributes this novel to a friendship with Gene Kelly, and as he describes what occurred to bring it to fruition, it becomes clear that Bradbury's wife Maggie also played an important role: It was her idea that Bradbury find an old piece and rework it into a screenplay. So the power of collaboration, encouragement, and relationship are shown both in the novel and in the story of its writing. It couldn't be more fitting.

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