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Illustrated classics for adults! Here, Collins Design's WISP series pairs two legendary creators-writer Ray Bradbury and artist Dave McKean-to create an irresistible package perfect for Halloween and all year 'round.
The WISP series (Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) represents an ingenious marriage of two creative forces: the artistry of today's foremost illustrators and the literary legacy of beloved authors of popular short works for adults. The resulting offspring of this union are captivating, full-color illustrated editions of timeless classics that readers will want to savor and collect.
For the first time ever, the series makes selected popular short works previously offered only in collections available in a unique, stand-alone format. Also for the first time, WISPs harness the talents of top illustrators for the benefit and delight of a new, older audience.
This WISP presents Ray Bradbury's The Homecoming, a little boy's tale of his family reunion of vampires. This story was initially published in 1946 and later refashioned into further stories. Bringing this story to life are the wondrous illustrations of Dave McKean, whose delightful artwork perfectly matches the tale.
These one-of-a-kind, attractively priced and invitingly formatted illustrated editions will make a great impulse buy and appeal to a broad audience.
Ray Bradbury's classic short story The Homecoming has been a literary Halloween treat since its publication in Mademoiselle in 1946. The tale of an ordinary boy in an enormous family of ghouls attending a special reunion on All Hallow's Eve, it is at once haunting, humorous, and heartfelt. Enhanced by the illustrations of and designed by world-renowned multimedia artist David McKean, this unique collector's edition will thrill readers of all ages.
About the Author
In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451
, The Martian Chronicles
, The Illustrated Man
, Dandelion Wine
, and Something Wicked This Way Comes
. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick
, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater
, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree
. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
The Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces (WISP) series introduces classic short stories to a new generation of readers with award-wining illustrators and unique collectible packaging.