The 85 Weirdest, Day 61: Ray Bradbury
PLUS: Win free weird theatre tickets!
The 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!
With The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes, RAY BRADBURY (1920-) confirmed forever the ineffable link between the fantasy crowd and the tattoo crowd. With Fahrenheit 451, he unsettled us all with the repugnant vision of firemen whose job is to set things on fire — the fact that said things were books just made it all the more horrific. His storytelling genius was cultivated in Weird Tales; it’s gone on to profoundly affect humankind for generations thereafter.
WIN FREE TICKETS TO WEIRD THEATRE THIS WEEKEND! Weird Tales is proud to be a media sponsor of the new play “Without Whom,” inspired by the life of and his late wife Marguerite. Written by Toronto playwright R.J. Downes and onstage now at the Toronto Fringe Festival, “Without Whom” draws upon elements of the Bradburys’ lives to ask the question: “What if we could make death wait — even if only for a little while?” The play runs through Sat., July 12 ( and again next month at the Hamilton Fringe Festival) — and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for the show this Saturday at 5:15 pm! If you’re in the Toronto area and want to see the show, just email events at weirdtales dot net with the subject line “Weird Theatre Tickets” and give us your name and address. On Wednesday we’ll randomly select two winners from all the entrants and notify you by email!
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