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Dark Carnival Limited Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1887368506
ISBN-10: 1887368507
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Once to be titled The Child's Garden of Terrors, Bradbury's first story collection rolls back into town, spinning stardust and cobwebs in its wondrous wake. Originally published by Arkham House in 1947, this deluxe reissue features historical notes by John Eller, an introduction and individual story notes by the master himself and a glowing afterword by Clive Barker. Obsessed with death, old age and a longing to retain the eternal child in all of us, Bradbury once described himself as the "quasi god-son of Edgar Allan Poe," though Poe lacked the gift of humor that has helped shape Bradbury's seductive shadows. "You are only eight years old, you know little of death, fear, or dread," writes Bradbury in "The Night" as he powerfully encapsulates in a neat eight pages a child's first discovery of the unknown. Other standouts include the penultimate scary carnival story, "The Jar"; the Elliot family tales, "Uncle Einar," "The Homecoming" and "The Traveler"; "The Small Assassin," a sinister story far more frightening than Rosemary's Baby; the stunning "Jack-in-the-Box," one of the best parental abuse stories ever written; the harrowing "The Next in Line"; and "Reunion," which uses the simple metaphor of a washing machine in its probing depiction of the grieving process. Magazine covers precede each story with the exception of "The Lost Stories," four pieces rescued from pulp oblivion, while reproductions of manuscript errata illuminate the gestation process of the legendary first edition. Well worth the price of admission and certain to be on discerning Christmas lists. (Dec.)published a collection of poems and essays, A Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis, and Ministers (Forecasts, Mar. 19), and a novel, From the Dust Returned (Forecasts, Aug. 27).

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

There's no way to describe this unique undertaking. Story notes explain the genesis of each story. Each story will be preceded by the Weird Tales (or other magazine cover) in which the story first appeared. Clive Barker wrote an afterword. All of these was made possible by editor Donn Albright whose archives are a treasure trove. He provided all of the bonus material and convinced Bradbury to allow us to use that material. A unique look at this author's first collection, as well as the book itself which is near impossibly to find (and cannot be found at an affordable price). See our website for a complete Table of Contents.

Note: This book will not be signed by the author, as previously noted. -- Gauntlet Press, 10/23/2001.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Gauntlet Press; Limited edition (November 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887368507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887368506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,426,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Ray Bradbury's work from 1969. To see this book, with autographs, and in a limited edition was very exciting for me.
I think the magazine covers, reproduced with the stories, should have been full page and in color. I also think the reproductions of the old letters was of a pretty poor quality. On the other hand, it was really good to see the covers of each magazine in which the story originally appeared, and I loved the inclusion of the letters at the end.
My other disappointment was that I apparently did not read the fine print that would have informed me that my copy, ordered through Amazon.com, would NOT be numbered or autographed by either Bradbury or Cline -- contrary to Gauntlet Press's information. I have purchased through Amazon.com for years with GREAT satisfaction, but feel this caveat should have been much more prominent.
There should have been a price for the numbered, autographed editions, and a lower price for the one that is, essentially, a general-run book.
But, while I feel [the price] is too much for a book that is NOT a signed, numbered limited edition book, I am glad I have the book.
Bradbury's writing is awesome and this re-issue should have been out a long time ago.
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Format: Hardcover
Stories receive 5 Stars. Book Value Regarding Asking Price Receives No stars! I ordered this new limited edition book of Dark Carnival. While the stories are some of the best ever from one of our greatest living writers, this book is a complete RIPOFF! When I ordered this book for a whopping $...I thought this book was supposed to be signed by Bradbury and Clive Barker and come with a slipcase and a CD. I found neither signature in the book (no signature page) and no slipcase or CD. Only a printed facsimile of a letter to Bradbury's parents from 1947. I later found out that I would have to shell out another $...for a slipcase and the CD. Pricing an unsigned book with no slipcase at $... on a book that should be priced as a trade edition for about $...-$... is outrageous. Although I love the stories, Gauntlet is overpricing this book, especially when they are misleading as to what customers are actually getting for this money. Of the handful of signed limiteds I own, many have much higher production value for a lot less money. I would hope that more writers would take caution when allowing their books to be published here, and they should know what customers are getting for these signed limiteds. This prohibitively priced book that lacks a lower priced trade edition means that only 700 people will be able to own the book. What about the 1000's of other Bradbury fans?
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Format: Hardcover
After waiting most of a lifetime to find a copy of Dark Carnival, I was afraid to read it (and diminish its "value") when I did. Now I will sell it. Because this new edition represents a beautiful IDEA for a book, beautifully executed, with beautiful results. Just a beautiful book. This is not a blast from the past -- this is the future of bookmaking!
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Format: Hardcover
Just a few words about this timeless classic. I have just received this deluxeedition of what is probably one of the best collections of dark tales ever. But i have to admit that i am just a little bit disappointed about the overall look of the book. Sure it is printed on good paper, has a smythsewn binding and nice typography. Compared to the standard american/english hardback this one is definetely a lot better and will look good on your bookshelves in many years from now. But hey, [$$$]!!! Thats a whole lot of money, and when you think about what other smallpress publishers can make for only half or less of that price, then i find it too be just a tiny bit too expensive. The extras are nice, especially the old letters, which unfortunately are badly reproduced here. I had also hoped that the magazinecovers that preceed each story had been bigger and in color, as they are too small and blurry.
I know that the publisher will say that the book could not have been made any cheaper, especially taking in consideration the low printrun of about 700 copies, but why not have doubled/tripled the printrun which would surely have lowered the price, or made it possible to use colors inside the book. I know that mr. Bradbury probably wouldnt want to sign this many books, but then a certain part of them could have been sold unsigned. I personally would not have minded if it have meant that i would have a more beautiful book!
Just my thought, and maybe i am just used to seeing better produced books here in denmark. The firsteditions here are often much more nicely produced than even expensive american limited editions!
But anyway, great book and its fantastic to finally seeing it back in print!
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Format: Hardcover
As a Ray Bradbury fan, this is so far the best addition to my collection yet. Beautiful cover, so much bonus material... In relation to the concern the other reviewer had, you can order it straight from the publisher for the same price and it is autographed (by Clive Barker too).
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I received my copy of this book today, and contrary to the above notice it IS signed by Ray Bradbury, right above Clive Barker's signature. Beyond that, I can't think of another book that has been compiled with such care and artistry. This edition is absolutely BRIMMING with extra goodies, most of which are mentioned in the publisher's description. It's fantastic to be able to return to Bradbury's early classic stories, a few of which have been out of action since the original edition went out of print half a century ago (there were half a dozen or so that were never reprinted in "The October Country"). One of my favorites is "Interim," a nasty little zinger just a page and a half long. Plus, there are five "lost" stories that are, for all practical purposes, new to the world, although composition-wise they date back to the 1940's. Check this one out, folks. You'll love it.
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