Now and Forever. By Ray Bradbury. William Morrow. $24.95.
Wicked Dead #1: Lurker. By Stefan Petrucha and Thomas Pendleton. HarperTeen. $7.99.
The closer Halloween comes, the more reason there seems to be to contemplate the fearfulness, the frightfulness, and perhaps the gent
Lesser books with a more distinct focus on fear, Lurker and
Nightmare Academy is lighter fare, as befits a book for a younger audience, but it too is essentially a variation on a tried-and-true plot – in this case, the loner-finds-a-place-to-fit-in story. The loner here is Charlie Benjamin, and like many such fictional protagonists, he has a compensating power for his loneliness – one that he can’t control and doesn’t want. His dreams – specifically his nightmares – are so strong that they open Netherworld portals and let monsters through. Luckily, it turns out that Charlie is not really alone – there are other loners, and there’s a place for them: the