Bradbury’s sample noun list. Write a new piece using at least five of the nouns from Bradbury’s sample list, above: The lake. The night. The crickets. The ravine. The attic. The basement. The trapdoor. The baby. The crowd. The night train. The fog horn. The scythe. The carnival. The carousel. The dwarf. The mirror maze. The skeleton.
The night was alive with the sounds of the carnival. ‘The fog horn heralded the arrival of the night train. The dwarf knew that the crowd would soon descend, scurrying and consuming like a plague of crickets. The attractions which drew the initial numbers were the carousel and the mirror maze but by the end of the night it was the ghostly trip down the ravine and around the lake to the haunted house. The first scary event to confront the crowds was the man chasing them in the mist, brandishing his scythe above his head, letting out blood-curdling cries. The frightened crowd would run to the apparent safety of the house where they had no choice but to proceed upstairs to the attic. Here in darkness they would grope their way along the walls terrified by the intermittent frights, such as skeletons suddenly appearing and groping blubbery hands, given along the way. Once they had negotiated the attic suddenly a trapdoor opened and they slid down giant slides all the way to the basement. Their screams were loud and shrill. Once there they had to find a way out through obstacles which turned and blew air and vibrated. The sound of a baby crying in the distance was the goal they knew they had to aim for. The first person to find the baby each night had a free second visit to the haunted house and they all strove to achieve this goal, although, getting through the challenge of the basement was not easy. The dwarf normally enjoyed his work in the house but tonight he just wanted the crowd gone. He had his own work to do. Tonight he would replace the real skeleton with a plastic one.