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The October Country

I have written about the origin and history of this book on my blog - click here to read.

This table lists the contents of The October Country (UK edition), and links to adaptations of the stories in various media

Story
Film/TV
Audio
Details of First publication
(and other notes)
The Dwarf   First appeared in Fantastic magazine, Jan/Feb 1954.
The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse     Beyond Fantasy Fiction, March 1954
Skeleton   Weird Tales, September 1945.
The Jar Alfred Hitchcock Presents   Weird Tales, November 1944.
The Traveller     Weird Tales, December 1945
The Emissary     Dark Carnival (1947)
Touched with Fire Alfred Hitchcock Presents   First published as "Shopping for Death", Maclean's, June 1 1954
The Scythe     Weird Tales, July 1943
Uncle Einar     Dark Carnival (1947)
The Wind     Weird Tales, March 1943.
There Was an Old Woman     Weird Tales, July 1944
Homecoming     Mademoiselle, October 1946
The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone     Charm, July 1954

Other editions of The October Country include the following additional stories:
The Next in Line, The Lake, The Small Assassin, The Crowd, Jack-in-the-Box, The Man Upstairs, The Cistern. In the UK, most of these stories were instead collected as The Small Assassin.

The October Country

First published by Doubleday in 1955.

Much of its content was reprinted from Dark Carnival.

Picture shows New English Library paperback edition (1973).

Gauntlet Press edition (1997): limited edition of 500 signed by Bradbury, Dennis Etchison, and Robert R. McCammon. Illustrated by Joseph Mugnaini; cover art by Ray Bradbury.

 

Avon paperback (1999).

 

Ballantine paperback (1993).

 

Ballantine paperback, 17th printing June 1979. Cover art by Whistl'n Dixie.

 

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