This really is a sad day, Ray Bradbury, has passed away.  Ray truly was one of the giants of the genre, a writer whose importance and legacy is beyond compare.

 On a more personal note, Ray’s The Halloween Tree, was the first proper book I ever read with my son.  It became a yearly tradition to read it at Halloween.

You will be greatly missed Ray, thank you for all the wonderful times I and my son have had reading your books.  It truly was a pleasure.

“It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state. There wasn’t so much wilderness around you couldn’t see the town. But on the other hand there wasn’t so much town you couldn’t see and feel and touch and smell the wilderness. The town was full of trees. And dry grass and dead flowers now that autumn was here. And full of fences to walk on and sidewalks to skate on and a large ravine to tumble in and yell across. And the town was full of…
Boys.And it was the afternoon of Halloween.And all the houses shut against a cool wind.And the town was full of cold sunlight.But suddenly, the day was gone.Night came out from under each tree and spread.” ― Ray BradburyThe Halloween Tree


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