Ray Bradbury

Like so many great horror writers, Ray Bradbury was utterly without fear. He wasn't scared of optimism or innocence or sentiment. He didn't give a damn if the literary lions accepted him, though they did. "If I'd found out that Norman Mailer liked me," he once said, "I'd have killed myself." Though best known for science fiction, he wrote in every genre and form, from fantasy to poetry, and he wrote beautifully enough for adults and clearly enough for kids. He faced up to parts of human nature most people don't see, even in their nightmares. His advice to writers was...

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