I seriously hate this cover; I’ve never seen a worse cover for a book. But, I’m a huge fan of Ray Bradbury and that is the only reason I would’ve read such a hideous book. Bradbury is most known for Fahrenheit 451 and his short story collection about Mars, The Martian Chronicles. The October Country is another collection of short stories that tend toward the creepy side, looking at what lurks in the shadows of the world and the human heart, as well as the immense joy of life in the face of darkness. The stories reminded me a lot of The Twilight Zone, which is fitting because Bradbury wrote for the show. Bradbury was a master storyteller. He had a great talent for crafting tales that endear the characters to the reader in such a short medium, and left you with deep thoughts to mull over. It’s a great collection to work through if you enjoy bizarre stories that flout expectations and question reality. And, oh thank goodness, there are other covers available.