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Dark Carnival


by Ray Bradbury

Signed limited edition of Ray Bradbury's first (and almost impossible to find) short story collection DARK CARNIVAL


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Published 2001


Gauntlet is proud to announce the publication of Ray Bradbury’s first (and almost impossible to find) short story collection DARK CARNIVAL. Anyone who has read any of our previous Ray Bradbury “classic-revisited” books knows this is not just a reprint of the original, but the DEFINITIVE edition.

The cover art for this book is the haunting Bradbury oil painting you see on this page, which Bradbury painted around the time he wrote DARK CARNIVAL. It was NOT painted for the book, but is a perfect cover for this lost classic. As we did with Richard Matheson’s HUNGER AND THIRST there is NO lettering on the cover. There is a lot of detail you can’t make out in this image that enhances the art, so the title appears only on the book’s spine. The jacket design is by Donn Albright and Buddy Martinez.

Clive Barker, a great fan of Bradbury’s work, wrote an afterword and signed the Lettered along with Bradbury.

Here is the Table of Contents of the original edition. We printed that edition as originally published (re-typeset, of course) and THEN added our many bells and whistles.

Table of Contents (from original edition)

  • The Homecoming
  • Skeleton
  • The Jar
  • The Lake
  • The Maiden
  • The Tombstone
  • The Smiling People
  • The Emissary
  • The Traveler
  • The Small Assassin
  • The Crowd
  • Reunion
  • The Handler
  • The Coffin
  • Interim
  • Jack-In-The-Box
  • The Scythe
  • Let’s Play “Poison”
  • Uncle Einar
  • The Wind
  • The Night
  • There Was An Old Woman
  • The Dead Man
  • The Man Upstairs
  • The Night Sets
  • Cistern
  • The Next In Line

Available to purchase for this title:

  • 500-copy signed numbered edition – SOLD OUT
  • Optional handmade bonded leather slipcase for the numbered edition – SOLD OUT
  • 52-copy signed traycased lettered edition
  • 10-copy signed Publishers Copy (PC) lettered edition (book only)


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10-copy signed Publishers Copy (PC) lettered edition is $500 (book only), 52-copy signed traycased lettered edition is $1000


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