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Dark Carnival

I have written about Dark Carnival's origin and history on my blog - click here to read.

This table lists the contents of Dark Carnival, and links to adaptations of the stories in various media

Story
Film/TV
Audio
Details of First publication
(and other notes)
Homecoming     Mademoiselle, October 1946.
Skeleton Ray Bradbury Theater Tales of the Bizarre Weird Tales, September 1945.
The Jar The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Tales of the Bizarre Weird Tales, November 1944.
The Lake Ray Bradbury Theater   Weird Tales, May 1944.
The Maiden     (First appearance.)
The Tombstone Ray Bradbury Theater   Weird Tales, March 1945
The Smiling People     Weird Tales, May 1946
The Emissary Ray Bradbury Theater   (First appearance.)
The Traveler     Weird Tales, December 1945
The Small Assassin Ray Bradbury Theater
The Small Assassin
  Dime Mystery Magazine, November 1946
The Crowd Ray Bradbury Theater   Weird Tales, May 1943.
Reunion     Weird Tales, March 1944.
The Handler Ray Bradbury Theater   Weird Tales, January 1947.
The Coffin Ray Bradbury Theater   First published as "Wake for the Living", Dime Mystery Magazine, September 1947.
Interim     Weird Tales, July 1947.
Jack-in-the-Box   Tales of the Bizarre (First appearance.)
The Scythe   Tales of the Bizarre Weird Tales, July 1943
Let's Play "Poison" Ray Bradbury Theater   Weird Tales, November 1946.
Uncle Einar     (First appearance.)
The Wind Ray Bradbury Theater Bradbury 13
Tales of the Bizarre
Weird Tales, March 1943.
The Night     Weird Tales, July 1946.
There Was an Old Woman Ray Bradbury Theater Bradbury 13 Weird Tales, July 1944
The Dead Man Ray Bradbury Theater   Weird Tales, July 1945.
The Man Upstairs Ray Bradbury Theater   Harper’s, March 1947
The Night Sets     (First appearance.)
Cistern     Mademoiselle, May 1947
The Next in Line   Tales of the Bizarre (First appearance.)

Dark Carnival

First published by Arkham House in 1947.

Most of its contents were later republished as The October Country.

The "left-overs" were published (in the UK as The Small Assassin.

Picture shows Arkham House edition (the first edition, 1947). Cover art by George Barrows.

Gauntless press hardcover edition (2001): dustjacket design by Bradbury, limited edition of 700 signed by Bradbury and Clive Barker.

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