Ray Bradbury is known mostly for his sci-fi works, so it was a surprise for me to find that he had written a collection of scary stories. Each one, it turns out, is a complex little jewel that burrows under your skin.
Like all story collections, The October Country has some very good stories and some which are not quite so good. However, even the ones that are a bit less interesting are well written and full of suspense. The ones I enjoyed most were the ones that have an otherworldliness to them, with a deep sense of isolation. Those, for me, were the ones that made the most impact. In particular, I loved “Jack-In-The-Box”, since it felt like the protagonist really was completely alone in a strange world.
If you love short story collections that leave a chill in the air, then I highly recommend this book. Some of these stories will linger in your mind long after you’ve finished reading them.