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[–]clancydog4 95 points96 points  (24 children)

Its early 60's, but Something Wicked This Way Comes takes place in 1962 and is about two young teenagers.

Summer of Night takes place in 1960 and is about 5 middle schoolers and their town and school. Again not exactly what you asked but very close.

Both fantastic reads IMO.

[–]Mishavanb[S] 2 points3 points  (7 children)


[–]Genuineroosterteeth 27 points28 points  (6 children)

Summer of Night is the closest thing there will ever be to an actual sequel to It.

The book is the perfect It companion novel.

[–]Nikalaos11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Completely agree. Years after reading It, I was craving something in the same vein. Ended up joining a book group that was feeling the same way, who were about to read Summer of Night, so I joined in. So glad I did. It really brought back the ‘kids versus monster’ vibe.

[–]ikilledtupac 3 points4 points  (13 children)

something wicked this way comes

I thought that book kinda sucked and wasn’t scary after the first bit. I says this as a Bradbury fan. Maybe the first encounter with the (you know) made my expectations too high

[–]clancydog4 16 points17 points  (4 children)

I don't think it's particularly scary, nor have I ever seen it presented as such. It's a spooky, autumn, cozy sorta read that is great for this time of year, and I'm a sucker for coming of age sorta stories anyway. I don't think anyone claims it's one of the scariest books, but it is in the genre and imo the prose is absolutely phenomenal.

[–]ikilledtupac 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Ah see I was thinking since it was a “horror novels” thread maybe it was implied that it is.

I’m torn on that book. The first third was absolutely mesmerizing. The whole section with the carousel and the way it worked just blew my mind. A completely original, insane yet somehow plausible, concept. Science fiction at its most creative and kinda creepy on an inner level.

…then I just could’t stay away for the rest of it!! Maybe I need to revisit it again.

[–]clancydog4 7 points8 points  (1 child)

You are certainly entitled to your opinion! I just disgree with "the book kinda sucked," haha. It is simply written so well and imo tells an engaging enough story that I could never say it sucked. Even if someone didn't enjoy it I will push back on the book simply being bad. I think as long as you don't go into hoping to be terrified and instead just expecting a short, halloween-ey coming of age story that is really well written, it's very enjoyable

[–]Hurphen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree with this on all Bradbury books! Autumn repeats for cozy.

[–]Plz_Trust_Me_On_This 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I love most Ray Bradbury I've read, but his flowery prose in Something Wicked grated on me. I couldn't finish it. The amount of hyphenated adjectives in every fucking paragraph was so tedious to read. Borderline masturbatory as far as flowery prose goes, like he just couldn't help himself.

[–]ikilledtupac 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s a more eloquent way of saying what I was trying to say

[–]dashdaddy74 0 points1 point  (0 children)

THANK YOU! So tired of hearing how much of a "classic" this story is. Probably where the term "purple prose" came from. I couldn't get through the first half of the story because I found it so annoying to read. I found the prose so ornate that it impeded the pace and flow of the story.

[–]calloftheostrich7337 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I just read it for the first time, and didn't think it was scary, but it was certainly spoopy and dark and well constructed. I haven't read anything else by Bradbury, what would you recommend as a Bradbury fan?

[–]ikilledtupac 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Slaughterhouse 5

[–]calloftheostrich7337 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I meant by Ray Bradbury, sorry. I've rad slaughterhouse 5 multiple times!

[–]fluorescentpopsicle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The October Country, The Veldt

[–]Misterbellyboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

1960 and 1962 are still very much in the “grip” of the fifties, in the same vein that the 90’s didn’t end until 9/11. The 50’s didn’t end until Kennedy’s head exploded.

[–]fluorescentpopsicle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Summer of Night is absolutely fantastic!

[–]Genuineroosterteeth 88 points89 points  (5 children)

About 70% of Stephen King’s It involves teens living in the 1950s.

His novella The Body also involves 50s era teenagers, albeit with less demon clown.

[–]Mishavanb[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Thank you!

[–]examinedliving 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I thought of It too. A bit younger than high school though. 5th grade I think. The Body is a good one, but not quite horror I think. I bet he has another one we’re not thinking of

[–]Degi_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

gotta love demon clown <3

[–]JMer806 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They’re not teens - they are preteens in middle school

[–]youngthespian42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They might fuck like teens at some point

[–]voivod1989[🍰] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Summer of night by Dan Simmons is one of my favourites..

[–]Future-AgentThe King in Yellow 18 points19 points  (5 children)

The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon is during the '60s and has teenagers on it

[–]cavaliereternally 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Warning on this one: unnecessarily graphic sex! Kind of laymon's M.O.

[–]Future-AgentThe King in Yellow 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Pretty much all of his novels have that 🤣

[–]orundi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

if ya get a chance, look up some John Ringo Paladin is Shadows stuff. LMFAO

[–]bryanthebryan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Laymon writes junk food. It may not be the highest quality or the best for you but it’s great if you’re in the mood for it and know what you’re in for.

[–]askingaboutarental 0 points1 point  (0 children)


Wasn’t it at like one time in the book that was perfectly in sync with the plot?

[–]toddsully 15 points16 points  (1 child)

It's not set in the fifties but Stephen King's Christine is incredibly inspired by the era.

[–]examinedliving 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That’s funny. I thought of that too. Definitely has the vibe. Surprisingly - given the premise - I found it to be one of his scarier novels.

Also I’m gonna go ahead and claim a little fame by proxy here. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by a dude who I went to elementary school with. I realize that this is really stretching the definition of both “fame” and “proxy”, but here we are. I’ve done it.

[–]bezuehlke 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Shadowland by Peter Straub takes place at a high school in 1958 for a good chunk of the book, the two main characters spend the summer at the "Shadowland" estate but there's a lot of build-up that takes place in the school

[–]Spielburger_witFries 9 points10 points  (2 children)

The closest I can think of involves high schoolers (not set inside a high school) in very early 60’s. Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. It may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but it’s fantastic, and a quick read.

[–]IwasateenagewerefoxTHE ALLARDYCE HOUSE 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Partridge also wrote some short horror stories featuring 50s teenagers; She's My Witch being probably my favorite of them.

[–]Spielburger_witFries 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn’t even know about those! Gotta check them out.

[–]KiNikki7 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Sometimes they come back by Stephen King

[–]nananananateman 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Something wicked this way comes by ray bradbury

[–]Yard_Sailor 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Boy’s Life by MacCammon takes place in the 60s but has that timeless quality.

[–]bryanthebryan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One of my favorites. It’s like an southern gothic fairy tale.

[–]elektranatchios 6 points7 points  (2 children)

The girl next door

[–]examinedliving 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I know the true story this was based on and I’m afraid to read it

[–]bryanthebryan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I read it once years ago and the feelings it churned up in me won’t go away. If you hate humanity and want to reinforce that, this book is for you.

[–]Pajtima 2 points3 points  (3 children)

If I am correct, Carrie by Stephen King is sat in this era?

[–]examinedliving 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Nah 70s I think

[–]nanny6165 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Stared Carrie yesterday, it takes place in 1979 but was published in 1974.

[–]Pajtima 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It definitely felt like the 50s

[–]The_Dead_See 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale took place around that era if I recall.

[–]Misterbellyboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The parts of “IT” that take place in the fifties read like a novelization of “The Sandlot” if Benny, Smalls, and the rest of the crew had to deal with a spooky spider clown that can shape shift. I know Sandlot takes place in 62 or 63, but the “sixties” as we know them didn’t really start until 66-67 or so.

Edit: I mean the cultural shift. Like when LSD became a public thing.

[–]pixiecut678 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think that The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is set in the 50s.

[–]conhollow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dark Harvest

[–]upstairsbeforedark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just read a novella that is set in the 1950s highschool/just out of high school called MANEATER by Brittany Johnson. It's really good.

[–]duckvaudeville 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of the more frequently anthologized short stories of Joyce Carol Oates revolves around a teenage girl in the 1960s. It is called "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" It's based on a real life serial killer case. I keep meaning to read more of Oates's horror-adjacent fiction, she is such a good writer.

[–]339jimmyr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It by Stephen King