Saturday, September 26, 2020

Bradbury 100 - episode 10

On this week's Bradbury 100, I talk about Ray Bradbury's long-running TV show, The Ray Bradbury Theatre. And my interview guest is the composer of the theme music for that show, John Massari.

I've often referred to The Ray Bradbury Theatre as Ray's own personal Twilight Zone, and I guess there's some irony in that. Ray did actually write for The Twilight Zone, both the original 1950s/60s version and the 1980s revival. But even if he hadn't written for it, TZ would still have felt quite Bradburyan. There are so many episodes which either take ideas from Bradbury, or situations, or inspiration. And so it shouldn't be too surprising to learn that Bradbury was more than once invited to do his own show. Listen to the podcast, and I'll tell you more about how it came about.

And John Massari - composer for Ray Bradbury Theater and Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Prison Break, to mention just a few - will also let you in on how his music demo ended up being used at the official theme for RBT for the whole seven years. John is pictured below with Ray Bradbury.

Show Notes

Read more about John Massari.

John Massari's music can be found on Soundcloud

You can also find a lot of his work on his Youtube channel.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Bradbury 100 - episode 9

Time for episode 9 of my Bradbury 100 podcast. This week, we look at Ray Bradbury's popular "Elliott family" stories - you know, his characters Cecy, Uncle Einar, Timothy and so on. Ray started writing these stories way back in the 1950s, and returned to them periodically until he eventually wove the stories into a novel, From the Dust Returned (2001).

My guest is Miranda Corcoran, who is co-editor (with Steve Gronert Ellerhoff) of a new book called Exploring the Horror of Supernatural Fiction: Ray Bradbury’s Elliott Family.

Until now, scholars and critics have paid little attention to the Elliotts, but their time has come! This book is from an academic publisher, so the cover price is high. It's the sort of book you need to persuade your local friendly librarian to buy...

Exploring the Horror of Supernatural Fiction : Ray Bradbury’s Elliott Family book cover

Show Notes

Exploring the Horror of Supernatural Fiction: Ray Bradbury’s Elliott Family on Amazon UK, and on Amazon US.

From the Dust Returned on Amazon UK, and on Amazon US.

The Charles Addams connection - how the Elliott family met the Addams Family.

Miranda Corcoran's blog, Miranda the Middle-Aged Witch.

Follow Miranda on Twitter.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Bradbury 100 - episode 8

Time for another episode of my podcast Bradbury 100. This week, a topic very close to my heart: radio drama. I continue my interview with dramatist Brian Sibley, and we talk mostly about adapting Ray Bradbury for radio.

Brian talks about adapting to different media, and the need for compression (and occasional expansion) of stories in the process. We cover especially The Illustrated Man, "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl" and "The Next in Line".

Show Notes

See my list of Bradbury's radio credits.

I've written a number of articles about Ray's work on BBC Radio. Read them here and here.

Brian contributed many scripts to the 1990s BBC series Ray Bradbury's Tales of the Bizarre, which continues to be repeated periodically on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Brian's own Soundcloud channel includes a vast amount of his work, including his episodes of Tales of the Bizarre.

Friday, September 11, 2020