Thursday, July 7, 2011
The Playground, by Ray Bradbury
Barnes & Noble (unavailable)
The Playground: Ray Bradbury's terrifying short story, one of the great stories of childhood-as-nightmare, appeared originally in Esquire in October l953; it first appeared in book form in the Ballantine first issue of his famous novel, Fahrenheit 451.
Charles Underhill, seeking to protect his young son from the agonies of schoolyard bullying in the playground makes a deal with the playground's mysterious manager but only at the end discovers the true nature of the pact.
Ray Bradbury has an amazing way of painting a picture for the reader.
In this short story, he depicts what a Playground might look like from a different (scary) perspective.