Wishing ‘happy birthday’ to a dead person always seems odd – they’re dead, they are probably not having a happy birthday – but we feel that we should mark the day that Ray Bradbury arrived on Earth in 1920.
The author of 27 novels and over 600 short stories – not to mention working as a screenwriter and critic – Bradbury is best known for his science fiction work – the likes of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and others. But he was also a remarkable horror author – his horror shorty stories and Something Wicked This Way Comes are extraordinary – and could transcend genre in works like Dandelion Wine. He was also adept at turning short story collections into novels, the tales working as a whole despite being initially unrelated.
Here’s a small gallery of some of the more interesting Bradbury paperback editions.
And of course, we can’t let this occasion – or any occasion, to be honest – pass without enjoying Rachel Bloom’s glorious, salacious 2010 tribute, Fuck Me Ray Bradbury. If by some chance you haven’t seen this already – enjoy.