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The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Updated on August 30, 2017

I have Seen the Movie, Now it's Time to Read the Book

The Illustrated Man was written by Ray Bradbury in 1951. The movie, didn't come out until 18 years later.

Being one of my favorite movies, I have never read the book. I have always wanted to and now I have pledged that I will. Hopefully, there is something in there that was not in the movie. Most books usually have more detail than the movies.

Ray Bradbury items have become part of my collection including his response to a letter I wrote to him (below) and the movie poster of the Illustrated Man shown that is in my private collection.

I really enjoyed films and other books by Ray Bradbury. Now it is time to read this book.

Have fun with this website and please leave some comments below.

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Ray Bradbury and the Illustrated Man

Ray Bradbury passed away in 2012 at the age of 82. He kept up with fans and with modern technology. He even had a Twitter account that he posted on up until the day he died.

When I was a child, I remember the movie "The Illustrated Man" by Ray Bradbury. The movie was released in 1969 and it was a scary flick!

While I read Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury in school, we didn't read the Illustrated Man. My Mother actually got me interested in Ray Bradbury. She loved Science Fiction.

In the movie, "The Illustrated Man," Rod Steiger was the main character. He was cursed with tattoos on his body that moved and told different stories. He spend most of the time during the movie telling those stories as the tattoos began to spin and he also searched for the woman who cursed him.

It was a pretty scary flick for a child and it really got me into Bradbury and his other stores, such as "The Martian Chronicles."

The movie is one of my favorites. It is a strange movie but in my opinion, is right up there with Rod Taylor and "The Time Machine."

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A Letter I received in 1982 after writing Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury Letter

This interesting letter that I received from Ray Bradbury himself, shows a depiction of his residence in Los Angeles, California.

The interesting aspect of this image is that it is his residence, without walls. It reminds you of a dollhouse, where you can see inside the rooms. This shows Bradbury's very active imagination as well as giving you a tour of his home, without you actually being there.

It all makes the response feel more personal!

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The Illustrated Man - The Original 1969 Movie Starring Rod Steiger

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The Illustrated Man

I saw this movie and have not read the book, as of yet. It was way ahead of it's time for 1969 and the imagery is fantastic.

Rod Steiger plays the part very well and there is quite a bit of psychedelic imagery. This is partially due to the actual novel and what makes it seem realistic and also due to the era that the movie was produced.


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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: Yes. You are correct. I have heard many stories about him. He also wrote a lot of stories that people have never read, quite the imagination! Thanks for the visit!

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      5 years ago

      I love listening to old radio programs and have been he Ravine and Here There be Tigers. I also picked up a book of his short stories. He seemed like a very interesting person.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @paperfacets: I was always impressed that he took the time to write me back. A friend of mine got the same letterhead, but Bradbury drew a little self-caricature on it also. I wish he'd done that on mine but I do think the letterhead is really cool. He was very popular and nice. I know Stephen King is the same. I sent him a couple of books years ago and he signed them for me! I still have 'em somewhere.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Jo-Jackson: Just the opposite of me...and live on the other side of the world and are in Summer while I am in Winter...hmmm...ha!

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @SciTechEditorDave: Not sure about the masterpiece part, but thanks for visiting and the compliment!

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Heather426: Oh yeah! Thank you for the like and the blessing, I appreciate it!

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @OhMe: Thank you for stopping by. Keep in touch!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I sure enjoyed this very interesting page and getting acquainted with Ray Bradbury and The Illustrated Man. I am not a fan of Science Fiction but did enjoy this. Thanks.

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      Heather Burns 

      5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      huge fan of Ray Bradbury!

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      David Gardner 

      5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens! Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      5 years ago

      I've read the book but haven't seen the movie!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I am not surprised at all that you received a thank you in Ray Bradbury's own hand. I saw him speak at a local community auditorium in 2005. I will always remember that talk. He signed books afterward. He seemed so personable. When he died the LA Times had an article about him everyday for a week. He certainly was a man about town in LA, though he never drove a car. For neighborhood tasks he rode a bicycle.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Gypzeerose: Wow, thank you. What did I do to deserve this? I am humbled. Thank you for the visit.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Board-Game-Brooke: I hadn't read the book but the movie was creepy. I remember that Fahrenheit was required reading. I think I read the Martian Chronicles, my Mom had all of his stuff.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      Bradbury was a genius, and you ain't so bad yourself! As a matter of fact - I think I will read this book! Digg-ed and blessed. And my vote for the challenge for all your hard work.

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      C A Chancellor 

      5 years ago from US/TN

      I read The Illustrated Man when I was in college, but that's been many years now. From what I remember, I didn't like it as much as Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Magda2012: Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      The book looks good, but I am more impressed by the way you illustrate it :)

      Voted up.


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