Thirteen-year-olds Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade are the best of friends, despite their contrasting personalities. A week before their fourteenth birthdays around Halloween, a carnival
comes rolling into town. Even though carnivals aren't uncommon in their time, October is a very late month for them to be still running in. That isn't the only odd thing about this carnival, as Will and Jim soon find out that its freaks are offering
townspeople more than cotton candy and amusement rides - offers that turn out to be more than their receivers bargained for
Things become a lot more dangerous for the boys when the circus folk, led by the tattooed Mr. Dark
, get wind of them knowing too much
and plan to make sure that their secrets remain secret by bribery or trickery. Fortunately for Will and Jim, Will's father Charles Halloway proves the exception to the Adults Are Useless
rule and becomes a valuable ally. Even so, the carnival has more up its sleeve than the regular parlor tricks, and the lure of its offers may be too great for one of the boys to resist...
A novel by Ray Bradbury
, somewhat of a remake of Dark Carnival
, one of his earlier short stories. The story is more fantasy/horror than science fiction but still has his Signature Style
all over it. Disney produced a film adaptation from a script written by Bradbury himself.
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