I don't think anyone has posted about this book, so I thought I would mention it. The latest release (Number 45) in the McSweeney's series is HITCHCOCK AND BRADBURY FISTFIGHT IN HEAVEN, and has a very odd but funny cover of Ray and Alfred Hitchcock slugging it out together, halos overs their head and surrounded by clouds and sky. I laughed when I saw the cover because, while not close friends, Ray and Hitchcock knew and mutually admired each other (Ray worked on the ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS series) and they definitely would not have engaged in a slugfest! The book itself is composed of stories taken from some of the short story anthologies edited by Hitchcock and Ray, such as STORIES NOT FOR THE NERVOUS (Hitchcock) and TIMELESS STORIES FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW (Ray), as well as stories by a few contemporary authors that were considered to be in the same spirit (such as China Mieville). Here is a link to information about the book, including that very interesting cover:
Actually, I did post this previously (but perhaps it was elsewhere, like my blog or Facebook).
My objection to the cover is not that there's a fist fight, but that the resemblances are so poor!
I bought a copy last week, at the only place in Cape Town where you can buy McSweeney's quarterlies.
I paid several body parts for it (a paperback at about 30% more than the hardcover would have cost, had I ordered it online). But to me, there's still a certain magic in actually seeing a book in a bookstore, so I got a bit over-excited and bought it. To be honest, I didn't even look at the price (paid with plastic) and only noticed it later.
My objection is not to the cover, but to the selection of stories. How could they leave out Robert M. Coates's wonderful "The Hour After Westerly"?
Just ordered it. I agree that the likenesses on the cover are a bit off...okay, maybe more than a bit. The title is referencing Sherman Alexi's "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven." I admit, it's a bit odd in this context, but it is attention-getting.
Really hope that this will open new readers to these types of stories. The first books I really, really got into on my own were science fiction, horror, and fantasy anthologies from that era--specifically the Hitchcock anthologies. Great to see that some of lesser known writers from the time may reach a new audience.
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