by Ray Bradbury
Dustjacket and slipcase paintings by Ray Bradbury
Signed Limited Edition - $350.00
Fine in fine dj and metal slipcase; new and unread, direct from the publisher
OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER
Gauntlet Press, 2005; 494 pp.; limited to 750 numbered copies, signed by the author, of which this is copy 151; includes special metal slipcase with printed artwork (see image at right)
For the first time, the Gauntlet edition carries Bradbury's preferred text to this classic novel. Whole pages and paragraphs that were deleted by the publisher are restored in this edition.
Edited by Jon Eller, this signed limited edition contains a typeset version of Bradbury's preferred text, the original manuscript (complete with handwritten corrections) Bradbury sent to Knopf, a screenplay Bradbury wrote before he wrote the novel (in manuscript form) and the typeset version of his Hanna-Barbera screenplay. The front and back covers are Bradbury oil paintings of Halloween trees. The dustjacket was designed by Bill Walker and Donn Albright.
The novel originated in 1967 as the screenplay for an unproduced collaboration with animator Chuck Jones. In 1993, Bradbury wrote and narrated a feature-length animated version of the novel for television, for which he won an Emmy Award.
A group of eight boys set out to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, only to discover that a ninth friend, Pipkin, has been whisked away on a journey that could determine whether he lives or dies. Through the help of a mysterious character named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, they pursue their friend across time and space through Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, and Ancient Roman cultures, Celtic Druidism, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Medieval Paris, and The Day of the Dead in Mexico. Along the way, they learn the origins of the holiday that they celebrate, and the role that the fear of death, ghosts, and the haunts has played in shaping civilization. The Halloween Tree itself, with its many branches laden with jack-o'-lanterns, serves as a metaphor for the historical confluence of these traditions.
I. First Revised Screenplay (1967)
II. Novel in progress (1971)
III. Final Novel Submission (1972)
Table of Galley Changes for the First Edition, 1972
Notes to the text
IV. The Teleplay (1992)
V. Companion Materials
Bradbury interview 2004
Bradbury's promotional essay