The Bradbury Scene

(1)  Mystery Scene #141 has an article about Ray Bradbury – available only to subscribers. According to the Table of Contents

Death is a Lonely Business: The Mysteries of Ray Bradbury

Surprisingly, the celebrated author of The Martian Chronicles and Dandelion Wine began his career in crime pulps and went on to write several well-received mystery novels. by Michael Mallory

Some of the magazine’s articles eventually get posted as free reads – no way of knowing if this article will be one of them.

Halloween tree poster CROP

(2) Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Tree screens at the South Pasadena Public Library on October 29.

On Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. a very special Film and Author Night for all ages will present a screening of Ray Bradbury’s “Halloween Tree,” in the Library Community Room. It will also showcase Gris Grimly, a “mad creator” and illustrator of the newest edition of the Ray Bradbury “Halloween Tree” book, and T.E. Grau, a local author whose new book of spooky stories, “The Nameless Dark” was recently published. Refreshments will be provided and autographed books will be available for purchase.  A brief introduction to the film, with insider insights to the genesis of the film, will be offered by Robert Kerr of the Ray Bradbury Pandemonium Theatre Company.  Robert was with Ray Bradbury during his last four Halloweens on earth. The free program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.

The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.

(3) Whiskey River posted this seasonal Bradbury quote:

“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coalbins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.”  – Ray Bradbury The October Country

(4) Here is a piece of Bradbury-related Halloween trivia bordering on the obscure.

In the opening number of the Rocky Picture Horror Show, “Science Fiction – Double Feature,” sf movies are mentioned. One is It Came from Outer Space, which was based on Ray’s story.

IMDB lists all the movies named in that song

The films referenced in the opening number, “Science Fiction, Double Feature,” are: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Flash Gordon (multi-film franchise), The Invisible Man (1933), King Kong (1933), It Came from Outer Space (1953), Doctor X (1932), Forbidden Planet (1956), Tarantula (1955), The Day of the Triffids (1963), Curse of the Demon (1957), and When Worlds Collide (1951).

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian and Will R. for these stories.]

4 thoughts on “The Bradbury Scene

  1. I am starting to get the notion that Our Gracious Host may be a fan of Ray Bradbury. More data is required.

  2. Definitely credit, yes. I’ve never commented on the Bradbury scrolls because of nothing to add, but then, thanks is a thing, right? that should be added, yes.

    Thank you.

    I haven’t been to Rocky since the1980’s, but I remember we groupies used to spend nights tracking down those references, and arguing about the relative merits of each.

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