387 Days of Short Stories: Day 2: Story 2: The Whole Town is Sleeping by Ray Bradbury

Title: The Whole Town is Sleeping
Ray Bradbury
Taken From: Dandelion Wine
First Published: 1950s

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury always knows how to do it best. His stories are not all science fiction oriented and neither are they all based in fear or supernatural. He somehow knows how to evoke fear in simple words and plot. Bradbury’s stories evoke terror like no other. This was again the second time I was reading this story and it managed to have the same effect on me, like it did earlier.

“The Whole Town’s Sleeping” is about a town and a murderer who is haunting its women – the Lonely One they call him and it is the story of an evening where three single women head out to watch a film, knowing that the Lonely One is out and large and it is of the consequences of being out, while the whole town is sleeping.

As usual, with all his stories, Bradbury creates an element of suspense. The scene and the atmosphere are created till the very end of the story and bam, there is a punch-line waiting for the reader. The ravine and its monstrosity are depicted stunningly and so is the night and the scenes – the lonely clock, the moon, the drugstore and the cinema hall are macabrely described. The reader’s imagination goes on to a different level while reading this story and I would urge everyone again to read this story.


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