Hello Bradburyans!  Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Bradbury Beat, a monthly newsletter from your fellow Autumn People over at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. Each month the Bradbury Beat will treat your inbox to insights and edifications from Bradbury Center staff and friends, curios and curiosities found lurking in the archives, potent and poetic words from the Rocket Man himself, and upcoming events sponsored by the Bradbury Center. The Bradbury Center and its programs operate on generous support from Bradbury enthusiasts like you. Consider supporting our work with a donation and Live Forever! If you already donate: THANK YOU! 

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Golden Apple Picks

Sarah Whaley
My name is Sarah Whaley and I joined the Bradbury Center as the Museum Studies intern and Coordinator of Preservation, Exhibits, and Archival Processing in August. Like many others, I first became familiar with Ray Bradbury when assigned to read Fahrenheit 451 in high school. Until joining the Center staff, I hadn’t read many of Bradbury’s other works, but dove right in while planning our October exhibit. Reading The October Country transported me back to childhood campouts telling scary stories around the fire and the blood-pumping thrill of haunted autumn corn mazes. I’ve now fully leaned into this October Country mood, and am reading, watching, and listening to anything marvelous and macabre I can get my hands on. 


The October Country by Ray Bradbury, of course!  

Whether you’ve read it before or never explored this side of Bradbury’s imagination, revisit or visit October Country to set the mood for this month. If you’re commuting, I highly recommend listening to the collection on audiobook. There’s a great recording by Recorded Books, Inc., read by David Aaron Baker and available through Hoopla.  


Only Murders in the Building on Hulu 

Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez star in this wacky new series where unlikely friends come together to solve the mystery of a murder in their shared building–by producing a true crime podcast. 


The Other Stories Podcast by Hawk & Cleaver 

This podcast takes an unusual form: bite-sized horror, sci-fi, and wtf stories that thrill you by monthly theme. This month’s theme is “space,” and we know Bradbury would be here for it. 


In the spirit of October, the Bradbury Center staff has selected the following passage from Ray Bradbury’s introduction to the Rare and Limited 40th Anniversary edition of The October Country where he shares his inspiration for his creative concepts about that country and its residents—“the Autumn People.” 

I was a boy, my grandfather mentioned October Country. 

“October Country?” I said, “What’s that?” 

“Well,’ said grandfather, “It’s just over the hill and beyond the forest. Only go there by moonlight, you’d miss it in the dark. And in that country the people are conceived in the autumn of one yare and born in the autumn of the next. It’s always a dark season in that country, it’s always fall. And the October people there, if they don’t live in garrets and attics, then they live in cellars and basements, or dim storage pantries facing North. They live in closets and coals-bins. They smell of burnt leaves, and cut pumpkins and Guy Fawkes’ fires. Oh, it’s a far country, and strange.” 

“Can anyone go there?” I asked. 

“Mostly children, and writers, who stay a few years and come away, and never go back.” 

“May I go there?” I asked. 

“Why, boy,” said grandfather. “By the sound of you, middle of the night, you live there now, from dusk to dawn.” 

I thought about that and nodded, “How long must I stay?” 

“As long as need be, till you know all the October folks so well they set you free and wave you on your way. By the look in you eyes, that may be many a year.” 


Fun Facts From the Archive

The Jar & Other Hitchcock Doodads

Ray Bradbury and Alfred Hitchcock had a lengthy collaborative relationship that began with a mutual respect for one another. This lead to multiple adaptations of Bradbury short stories for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and even an offer for Bradbury to write the script for the horror classic The Birds. While Bradbury declined the offer in order to continue working on his novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes, he did write the teleplays for many episodes including "Shopping for Death," "Design for Loving," "Special Delivery," and "The Life of Juan Diaz." 

One famous Bradbury story -- “The Jar” -- has had THREE television adaptations! The original episode aired in 1964 for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and James Bridges, who wrote the teleplay, earned an Emmy nomination. In the 1980s, Alfred Hitchcock Presents was rebooted and Tim Burton produced a new adaptation of the story. The final television episode aired for The Ray Bradbury Theater in 1992, featuring a screenplay written by Bradbury! 

Oh, did we mention we made our own video on “The Jar” with the original prop from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour?

Pictured above is the prop jar and a photo of Bradbury, Hitchcock, and Pat Buttram on the set of “The Jar” for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

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