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Read this week: “The Crowd”, a short story by Ray Bradbury, from his classic collection The October Country. Bradbury is typically considered a science-fiction author, but his work in the horror field is extensive; he, Harlan Ellison, and Richard Matheson probably constitute some kind of Trinity of short-story horror writers. The October Country is a seminal collection of Bradbury’s work, and “The Crowd” is a brilliant and disturbing work that asks the question: just how does that crowd that always gathers around a horrible accident always form so quickly? Good stuff, this. Bradbury is an essential writer of horror.

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