- Aug 21, 2010
I'm pleased to finally read this comment, Extollager. The last time I read this story, just before The Weird came out in the U.S. and because I saw it was included, I thought it was Bradbury's Leiber story and wondered if that was intentional or not. There is something about the evocation of the city and of the people that seemed especially Leiberian. (Leiberesque? Leiber-like?) If I connected it to any particular Leiber story, I probably thought of "Smoke Ghost"; I know I didn't connect it to "You're All Alone" though, and that seems a stronger tie.Then we come to "The Crowd," an outstanding story in The October Country. As a creeper about the awakening to the alienness of the crowd, it belongs with Leiber's "You're All Alone." My reading of the Leiber, though, is that it's a gnostic fantasy (a thesis I should probably develop in a separate comment one of these days). The Bradbury carries no metaphysical burden. It's economical and haunting.