The Halloween Tree

By Ray Bradbury
Compiled by Donn Albright

The Halloween Tree

By Ray Bradbury
Compiled by Donn Albright


Published 2005

For the first time the Gauntlet edition carries Bradbury’s preferred text to this classic novel. Whole pages and paragraphs were deleted by the publisher and are restored for our 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.

Table of Contents

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
Bibiograhical checklist

The 52 copy Lettered edition is full of bonus material: several previously unpublished Halloween poems and the previously unpublished short story “The Elevator” (a version was produced for the second incarnation of The Twilight Zone, but the script didn’t adhere to the story). Bradbury drew an original tipsheet drawing which appears in each edition, but on only the Lettered Edition will one find a Bradbury thumbprint on one of the pumpkins.

Table of Contents: Lettered Edition Only

VI. Trick or Treats
Why Do They Keep Saying “happy Halloween”? (Bradbury essay)
Halloween / Halloween 1965 (remembrances in poem/essay form about Bradbury taking his daughters out on Halloween
Attic (one page atmospheric piece)
Evening (one page atmospheric piece)
“The Elevator” (previously unpublished short story)

The Lettered edition is housed in Gauntlet’s first metal traycase, which includes a pop-up Halloween tree taken from Bradbury’s cover art (with pumpkins cut out and dangling like a wind-chime). Each tree is engraved with Bradbury’s signature.

The chapbook, available only through Gauntlet (FREE with the purchase of either edition of the book) is called “Fragments.” It contains fragments of 8 unfinished Bradbury short stories, compiled by Donn Albright and approved by Bradbury, dealing with the Halloween theme. Some are just a paragraph or two, others are longer. Cover art by Bradbury.

“Fragments” Table of Contents

“This Is The Time Of Year That Carnivals Come”
“Tell Me A Story”
“Shade Of The Old Apple Trees”
“The Barber”
“Pumpkin’s Eye”
“Addams Idea”

“This is a beautiful book, a must-have for every Bradbury aficionado.” — Publishers Weekly

Additional information

Halloween Tree

CD $25, Lettered leather binder


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