Written by: Scotty
Over the years, I have always found that family reunions are anything but dull. Uncles sitting back and talking about football, or what the government is doing wrong. Aunts enjoying catching up on the latest gossip from their different states and young cousins playing basketball in the back yard, talking about nothing of any importance. You think that these days could be the worst of times on occasion while growing up, but as you get older you learn to appreciate all that your family has to offer, make sure to treasure these times.
The same thing is happening in a small house in Illinois, the Elliot Family is planning a large family reunion for All Hallows Eve. Not being a normal family by any means, young Timothy is talking to his Great Grandmere about his family history after arising her from an ancient slumber. Although this may seem normal, Timothy’s Grandmere is a mummy who stays in the attic of the house and is only to be awakened upon special occasions. Knowing this, Timothy is allowed to bypass this rule, since the family is coming to town and they must all prepare for the festivities ahead.
A family of Witches, Mummies, Gargoyles, Ghosts and anything else that goes bump in the night is coming to Illinois to celebrate this Halloween and all must be made perfect before their arrival. Timothy, a normal child who was left on the door step of this house years ago is still looking for his gift, not being able to slumber for too long, walk through walls or jump from body to body is excited to see his extended family and hopes to find his true calling in this undead family. Problems persist as the family arrives, an Uncle that is not willing to put his wings away, cousins that are looking to visit insane asylums along with his Grandmother and Grandfather who will not put up with any mischief that family will bring to town with them.
From The Dust Returned is a fantastic telling of how family chooses to stay together as everything starts to hit the fan. Trying to find ways to keep the undead from being lost in a purgatory of sorts, the elders take the lead to find a place for any of the lost souls to survive and carry on. Cecy, a wandering witch seems to take over the great tale as she is able to jump from person to persons mind, controlling them, offering suggestions, along with teaching them to dance. Cecy also has the ability to house the minds of lost spirits for a time, which comes in rather handy as fires take place on Hallows Eve.
Another glorious read from Ray Bradbury. Taking the family dynamic and introducing a way of how the ‘others’ live just makes it fun. This novel takes you on several different stories of how the family arrives, what happened in the past and what is happening in the present, by each character. Not being able to hit on everything that this novel goes through, and just hitting on what I took to heart, Bradbury seems to have a love for his family gatherings, along with traditions. Two of the greatest things that should always be remembered. One, your family loves you and will do anything to protect you. Two, tradition is more than love, it is one of the ways you can honor yourself, your family and most of all, others.