Something Wicked This Way Comes, at least this time of year

Thank the gods the good folks at American Folkloric Witchcraft have finally started blogging once again after a three month hiatus. I really like what they post and encourage you to explore their whole archives.

Anyway, their recent post on The Season of the Witch introduced me to a quote by Ray Bradbury’s novel and movie Something Wicked This Way Comes (title from a quote by Shakespeare – “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”) which I reproduce below. I think I saw this movie decades ago, and since it is once of those “evil carnival” movies that kinda freaked me out as a child I decided to watch it again.

The Autumn Witch – Ray Bradbury

“… Beware the autumn people …
For some, autumn comes early, stays late, through life, where October follows September and November touches October and then instead of December and Christ’s birth there is no Bethlehem Star, no rejoicing, but September comes again and old October and so on down the years, with no winter, spring or revivifying summer.
For these beings, fall is the only normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond.
Where do they come from? The dust.
Where do they go? The grave.
Does blood stir their veins? No, the night wind.
What ticks in their head? The worm.
What speaks through their mouth? The toad.
What sees from their eye? The snake.
What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars.
They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth. In gusts they beetle-scurry, creep, thread, filter, motion, make all moons sullen, and surely cloud all clear-run waters. The spider-web hears them, trembles—breaks.
Such are the autumn people.”

Here is the trailer to the movie:

And here is part one of seven parts running about 15 minutes each. Enjoy!