Visit the Dread Central offices, and you’ll find quite a bit of artwork by illustrator Gris Grimly. Now he’s added his special ghoulish touch to a classic autumn tale, Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree, which was just re-released in early August by Knopf Books for Young Readers.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, don’t let that “Young Readers” tag scare you away; as one of the book’s reviewers on Amazon wrote, “Make no mistake- this is not a children’s book. Nor is it an adult book. Rather, THE HALLOWEEN TREE is a book for everyone.”
We second that enthusiastic endorsement, even more so now that Grimly’s whimsically sinister work graces its pages.
In The Halloween Tree master of fantasy Ray Bradbury takes readers on a riveting trip though space and time to discover the true origins of Halloween. Originally published in 1972, this striking new hardcover edition features dramatic illustrations throughout by Gris Grimly, giving a new generation of readers a chance to discover the magic.
Enough chit-chat. Be sure to grab your copy, and give the Halloween season a proper kick-off by reading The Halloween Tree with a gathering of friends and family around a nice roaring fire when you feel that first hint of fall chill in the air.
A group of eight boys set out to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, only to discover that a ninth friend, Pipkin, has been whisked away on a journey that could determine whether he lives or dies. Through the help of a mysterious character named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, they pursue their friend across time and space through Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, and Roman cultures, Celtic Druidism, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Medieval Paris, and el Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) in Mexico. Along the way, they learn the origins of the holiday that they celebrate and the role that the fear of death, ghosts, and haunts has played in shaping civilization.