File 770 shared this lovely tribute to Ray Bradbury! John King Tarpinian visited Bradbury’s grave, saying:
Every Halloween I pay a visit to the Westwood Cemetery where Ray Bradbury is at rest. I had the custom trick or treat bag made and filled it with Clark Bars, Ray’s favorite. The little pumpkin shaped stone I luckily found yesterday from a bead shop I was dragged to by a visiting out of town friend. The pumpkins were brought by one of Ray’s theatrical actors, Robert Kerr.
This seems like a perfect use of Halloween to us. Now click through to find a roundup of publishing news, and an excellent literary Halloween costume!
- Story of Your Life author Ted Chiang and his editor, Ellen Datlow, talk about the upcoming film Arrival!
- Uncanny Magazine talks to Magonia author Maria Dahvana Headley about fairy tales, Christmas, and the concept of mercy.
- We exult in this list of cinema’s greatest occult bookshops.
- Junot Diaz talks about SFF’s particular ability to discuss “extreme human realities that realistic fiction doesn’t handle very well.“
- So Halloween’s over, so what? This Cat Valente-inspired costume deserves to be celebrated no matter what day it is:
- Haruki Murakami accepted the Hans Christian Andersen Prize with a stellar speech about welcoming outsiders and living with your own darkness.
- Seeing Doctor Strange this week? Here are some supernatural books you might enjoy.
- Obviously Deadpool and Howard the Duck needed to merge at some point.
- Open Culture shared a diary excerpt in which Anaïs Nin talks about the joy of letterpress printing.
- And finally, maybe we should rethink The Hero’s Journey?