Long-talked about by Bradbury enthusiasts, MASKS was to be Ray Bradbury’s second novel (he considers THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES his first novel). In the late-forties Bradbury applied for a Guggenheim grant and submitted an early version of MASKS. While he didn’t get the grant, Bradbury continued to tinker with it until 1952 or 1953. Editor Donn Albright has assembled fragments into a cohesive story so the reader can compare Bradbury’s first draft with later thoughts on the proposed novel. This is a signed limited edition signed by Ray Bradbury. There will be no other edition of MASKS.
Besides the MASKS, the book contains 5 never-before-published stories Bradbury wrote during this period, chosen by Donn Albright and Ray Bradbury. Our lettered edition contains variations on two of the stories. As always we will keep prices for this signed limited edition reasonable.
The six of the previously unpublished stories appearing in this publication are:
“Walker in the Night”
“The Dancing Magician” (aka “Gallagher the Great”)|
“In the Eye of the Beholder”
“The Face of Natalie”
“They Never Got Mad”
For the lettered of Masks there is:
(1) An alternate version of “Walker in the Night”
(2) The previously unpublished “A Study In Bronze” – fragments of a short story by Bradbury written in 1948-49
Available to purchase for this title:
500-copy signed numbered edition
“Although the stories (in Masks) are purely fiction there is a disturbing reality to them which is brought out in the masterful way that only Ray Bradbury can do…” — Zack’s Picks
“(Masks) is, arguably, a unique admixture of psychological drama and Magical Realism, with just a pinch of very dark black comedy added for seasoning. The book is well worth reading for the insights into the young and budding genius of Bradbury’s literary advancement, and for the very unique plot devices and socio-psychological arguments Bradbury advances.” — Horror World
“From a consummate professional who has thrilled us all for more than half a century, comes this real gift, a genuine find for any Bradbury collector or aficionado. — Fangoria
“All in all, Masks is a highly recommended book apt to delight any fiction lover. ” — SF Site
“This collection illuminates for the reader the working mind of a master of fantasy with blazing turns of imagination pivoting upon a single subject: MASKS.” — The Tomb of Dark Delights
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