First edition cover
|Cover artist||George Burrows (photo montage)|
|Genre||Science fiction, fantasy, horror|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
Dark Carnival was Bradbury's first published book. 3,112 copies were printed by Arkham House, under the editorial direction of August Derleth. All but six of the stories had been first published elsewhere, although Bradbury revised some of the texts.
Fifteen of the 27 stories were reprinted in The October Country in 1955, some in revised form. Those stories are "The Next in Line", "Skeleton", "The Jar", "The Lake", "The Emissary", "The Small Assassin", "The Crowd", "Jack-in-the-Box", "The Scythe", "Uncle Einar", "The Wind", "The Man Upstairs", "There Was an Old Woman", "The Cistern" and "The Homecoming".
Of the remainder, eight have been reprinted in one or more collections.
"The Night Sets", "The Maiden", "Reunion" and "Interim" have not been anthologized as of 2010.
For many years, Bradbury did not permit Dark Carnival to be reprinted, since updated versions of many of the stories were collected as The October Country. However, a limited edition of Dark Carnival, with five extra stories and a new introduction by Bradbury, was printed by Gauntlet Press in 2001.
On August 22, 2006, "The Homecoming" was published as a stand-alone short story with illustrations by Dave McKean.
Dark Carnival may refer to:
Dark Carnival (short story collection), a 1947 collection by Ray Bradbury
Dark Carnival (novel), the fourteenth book in the Deathlands series
Dark Carnival (Insane Clown Posse), the mythology of a concept album series by Insane Clown Posse
Dark Carnival (wrestling), a stable of professional wrestlers in WCW
"Dark Carnival", a song by Vanessa Carlton from the video game Spy Hunter 2
"Dark Carnival", episode 4, map 9 in the FPS video game Blood
"Dark Carnival", a campaign in the video game Left 4 Dead 2
Dark Carnival, a Detroit band whose members included Niagara, Ron Asheton, and Scott Asheton