Friday, April 30, 2010

Titans, Wounds

Ray Bradbury gets a mention in this Daily Telegraph interview with Ray Harryhausen. Bradbury and Harryhausen, of course, met in their teens. They shared a love of King Kong, dinosaurs and SF. In the 1950s they (sort of) collaborated on The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. In the 1990s, Bradbury fictionalised Harryhausen into a lead character in his novel A Graveyard for Lunatics.

Another friend of Bradbury and fellow dinosaur enthusiast is the artist William Stout. I don't know how I missed this at the time, but back in February Stout blogged about his visit to Pasadena to see one of Bradbury's plays. Stout was one of the illustrators for Bradbury's book Dinosaur Tales.

The writer Jonathan Walker has created an interesting looking book, which he is calling an "illuminated novel". He claims that the text, design and illustrations of Five Wounds have been concived together, and the website for the book makes it sound very intriguing. Walker's blog talks about many of the inspirations and ideas behind the novel, among which is Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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