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Suntup Editions Reveals Fahrenheit 451 Jacket Cover Art By Michael Whelan

Suntup Editions has some exciting news to share with those who have purchased the Artist Gift edition of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and for those who haven’t there are still a few available for purchase HERE.

You may know artist Michael Whelan from the incredible work he has created for book covers over the past 30+ years. Fans of our Covers Collection will undoubtedly know him for his iconic first edition cover art for Stephen King’s The Gunslinger.

For the Suntup edition of Fahrenheit 451, Whelan spent a long time researching the book. He read the novel several times, looked at as many previous jacket covers as he could find, and then subsequently spent many months  creating this painting.

As part of his study, there was a sentence from the novel which he focused on the most. It was a description of Captain Beatty’s slicker.

“…his massive black slicker flapping out behind, so that he seemed a great black bat flying above the engine…”

He took this as representative of what all the firemen wore because elsewhere the author describes all firemen as looking alike.

This description, along with Whelan’s vision of the firefighter’s military greatcoat as a symbol of dark and unforgiving governmental authority, combine to create what we believe is one of the most stunning covers of this book to date.

The Artist Gift edition of Fahrenheit 451 is $95, and is housed in a printed paper covered slipcase. The edition includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman, six full color illustrations by Julia Griffin, Ray Bradbury’s short story The Pedestrian and his novella The Fireman, which later evolved into Fahrenheit 451, and a 77-page bonus section on the history, context and criticism of the novel edited by Jonathan R. Eller. All copies are signed by Michael Whelan and Julia Griffin.

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Suntup Editions To Release Limited Edition of Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

This year marks the Centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, and to celebrate the life and work of this beloved and visionary author, Suntup Editions is delighted to announce a fine press limited edition of Fahrenheit 451.

Ray Bradbury

Highly regarded as Ray Bradbury’s masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451 depicts a dystopian society in which all books are outlawed and burned. The novel follows the personal evolution and journey of Guy Montag, from a fireman for whom it is a pleasure to burn books, to a man disillusioned with the censoring of knowledge and dedicated to the preservation of literature.

In a 1956 interview, Bradbury said, “I wrote this book at a time when I was worried about the way things were going in this country four years ago. Too many people were afraid of their shadows; there was a threat of book burning. Many of the books were being taken off the shelves at that time.”

Bradbury has also described the book as a commentary on resistance to conformity, and how mass media can create a lack of interest in reading literature.

Though considered one of the greatest science-fiction novels of all time, much of Fahrenheit 451 has become science-fact. The novel predicted earbud headphones, flatscreen televisions, and 24-hour banking machines.

In 1954, Fahrenheit 451 won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal. It later won the Prometheus “Hall of Fame” Award in 1984, and a “Retro” Hugo Award in 2004, one of only seven Best Novel “Retro” Hugo Awards ever given.

Suntup Editions will release limiteds edition of Fahrenheit 451 in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist Gift editions. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color illustrations by Julia Griffin, as well as an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, which originally appeared in the 50th Anniversary edition. The Artist Gift edition features an illustrated dust jacket by Michael Whelan.

Neil Gaiman

Also included is a 77-page bonus section on the history, context and criticism of the novel edited by Jonathan R. Eller; as well as Bradbury’s short story The Pedestrian and his novella The Fireman, which later evolved into Fahrenheit 451. The Lettered and Numbered editions are signed by Neil Gaiman, Julia Griffin and Jonathan R. Eller. The Artist Gift edition is signed by Julia Griffin and Michael Whelan.

Lettered Edition

Covers

The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies for sale and is a full goatskin binding. The edition provides a retrospective look at the publishing history of the novel. Each of the 26 copies feature a different original book cover, burned and encased behind an acrylic panel which is affixed to the front cover with stainless steel screws. Covers are allocated to orders randomly. The spine is hot stamped and endsheets are hand marbled. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine, and is housed in a quarter leather clamshell enclosure with Italian cloth boards.

Numbered Edition

The Numbered edition is limited to 250 copies for sale and is quarter bound in Italian cloth with decorative French marbled paper covers. The spine is hot foil stamped, and the edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine. The top edge is gilded in copper and the edition is housed in a dual cloth covered slipcase with hot foil stamping on the spine. Publication price: $2,950. Publication price: $595.

Artist Gift Edition

The Artist Gift edition is limited to 1000 copies with a dust jacket illustrated by multiple award-winning artist Michael Whelan. It is a full cloth smyth-sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping, and is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket. The edition is printed offset, and is housed in a printed paper-covered slipcase. The edition is signed by Julia Griffin and Michael Whelan. Publication price: $95.

Illustrations By Julia Griffin

Scheduled for publication in the Summer of 2020, you can get more information or pre-order the books HERE.

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Cemetery Dance Announces Seasons of Terror Featuring Stories By Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, And Robert McCammon

Cemetery Dance has announced Seasons of Terror featuring stories from the imaginations of Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon. Adapted by Richard Chizmar, these four classic tales are each set during a different season of the year, and the text has been adapted to graphic format by Richard Chizmar and lavishly illustrated by four talented artists.

Spring –  “The Man in the Woods” by Shirley Jackson with artwork by Ray Fawkes

Summer – “The Screaming Woman” by Ray Bradbury with artwork by Dennis Calero

Fall – “The Raft” by Stephen King with artwork by Francois Vaillancourt

Winter – “The Man from London” by Robert McCammon with artwork by Steve Wands

The book will be published in 3 editions: 

A beautiful oversized Limited Edition hardcover ($60) will be signed by Richard Chizmar and printed in full color on a special paper stock to preserve the vibrancy of the artwork.

A signed and slipcased Artist Edition ($125) signed by Chizmar and all four artists with a very low print run, and each copy includes a signed limited edition art print of a very special piece of artwork from the book.

A Lettered Edition ($750) that includes an original price of artwork bound into the book to make it unique.

For more information or to pre-order the book(s), please click HERE.

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The Folio Society Announces Something Wicked This Way Comes By Ray Bradbury

Described by Bradbury himself as the book he loved ‘best of all the things I have written’, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a timeless classic of fantasy horror. 

For this lavishly illustrated collector’s edition, Tim McDonagh has provided seven color illustrations dripping with carnivalesque menace. The eerie inhabitants of Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show are lit with the gaudy yellow and red lights of the funfair, while Mr Dark leers from the midst of his attractions, the faces of his victims tattooed across his palms. Like Bradbury’s prose, the images in this special Folio edition invite the reader to venture a little deeper into that dark tent, promising wonders and horrors and everything in between. Comedian and actor Frank Skinner lists the book as amongst his favorites, and in his incisive and affectionate introduction written for this edition he examines the many delicious flavors of fear in a novel layered with meaning and portents.

Production Details:

– Bound in blocked cloth
– Typeset in Columbus
– 272 pages Frontispiece and 6 color illustrations, including a double-page spread
– Blocked slipcase
– 9½˝ x 6¼˝

Order HERE for $64.95.

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Heat Sensitive Edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 That Can Only Be Read By Applying Fire to the Pages

Publisher Super Terrain is now offering an opportunity to pre-order one of one hundred and fifty signed and numbered editions of of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

Inspired by this dystopian fiction, in which firemen track and burn books, this limited edition of Fahrenheit 451 appears like a black and carbonized block, that has to be heated to temporary reveal its content.

You can pre-order the book HERE for 330 euros.

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Fahrenheit 451 Book Cover With a Match and Striking Paper

Designer Elizabeth Perez has created a unique copy of Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit that includes a match and contains striking paper along its spine.

Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. The story is about suppressing ideas, and about how television destroys interest in reading literature.

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