Gauntlet is continuing to firm up additional contents for Ray Bradbury’s Dawn To Dust: Cautionary Travels. To the left you can see the cover art for the book, a Joe Mugnaini painting. This was the first Mugnaini painting Bradbury saw and while he wanted to purchase it he didn’t have the funds. He and Mugnaini came up with a payment plan, the two became friends, and the rest is history. Mugnaini illustrated many of Bradbury’s early books with wonderful cover art and interior illustrations. This is the painting that started it all and Bradbury is thrilled we’re using it for this book.
This new Ray Bradbury volume edited by Donn Albright, Dawn to Dusk – Cautionary Travels, is constructed around two unpublished and un-produced screenplays.
Dark Carnival (1955-59) was written with Gene Kelly in mind. It would later be reshaped into the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962) This version is much darker. Catacombs is an integration of two of Ray’s stories, “The Next in Line” (Dark Carnival, 1947) and ”Interval in Sunlight” (Esquire, March 1954).
The unpublished short story “You Must Never Touch the Cage” serves as an interesting bridge between the two screenplays. It was originally planned for the 1955 edition of The October Country, but was emitted prior to publication.
The lettered edition contains facsimiles of fragments and Bradbury sketches the were done in preparation for The Illustrated Man, but never used.
The cover art is a painting by Joe Magnaini. This cover was Bradbury’s introduction to Magnaini’s art and the beginning of five decades of close collaboration and friendship.
To learn more and/or order: Dawn To Dusk