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Dr. Lao and Bradbury

If I remember correctly, this might interest fulguritus and achild.

In 1956, Bradbury edited the paperback anthology The Circus of Dr. Lao and Other Impossible Stories, and in 1962 published his own, thematically very similar, Something Wicked This Way Comes. Recent sources suggest that Bradbury very much admired Finney's work, some commentators suggesting that Something Wicked This Way Comes was written in homage to Finney's The Circus of Dr. Lao. Interestingly, Finney grew up in Arizona, where Bradbury also spent part of his childhood. What is even more interesting, considering the Finney-Bradbury link (but never mentioned), is Finney's largely forgotten children's novel Past the End of the Pavement (1939). Unlike Finney's The Circus of Dr. Lao or his creepy fantasies The Unholy City (1937) and The Magician out of Manchuria (1968), his Past the End of the Pavement shows little if any of these horror elements and is a humorous, presumably semi-autobiographical, account of a young boy growing up and discovering Nature in small town America.
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