This a more modern story, by comparison, having appeared in a compilation originally published in 1943. Many know Ray Bradbury as a Sci-Fi author, but his roots are as a horror writer. In the Introduction to the collection (called The October Country) he wrote that he got his start publishing in Weird Tales. Sigh. Anyway, I found this story slightly easier to read, but what it gained by becoming more readable, it lost in terms of style excellence. I did not stop once while reading to re-read or chew on a particularly wonderful word, phrase, or sentence. Something I’ve done at least once in the other stories. This story was very good, but not particularly scary. Though I dare say if it happened in real life, it would be terrifying.
Summary: A young boy witnesses a drowning as a child at a popular lake where the deceased was a friend of his. The body is never recovered. Years later he returns to the lake with his bride-to-be and reminisces with some shocking results.
Personal Fright: 4/10
General Horror/Oppressiveness: 6/10