Amazon lists the following description for A Pleasure to Burn, a new Bradbury release for 2010;
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is one of the undisputed classics of modern science fiction. Its title has become part of our common language. Its portrait of an increasingly soulless society in which books and ideas are anathema has become part of our cultural heritage.
A Pleasure to Burn is the ideal companion to Bradbury s great novel. Edited by Bradbury authority Donn Albright, this generous volume gathers  vintages stories and novellas. Some of the stories, such as "The Pedestrian" and "Pillars of Fire," will be familiar to the author s long-time fans. Others, such as "The Bonfire" and "The Reincarnate," are more obscure. The true heart of the collection are the long novellas "Long after Midnight" (which has only appeared once in an expensive limited edition) and the 25,000-word tale, "The Fireman," the immediate precursor to the final, full-length novel. These independent, brilliantly original tales are a significant publishing event.
Together, these stories chart the evolution of the images, ideas, and social concerns that found their purest, most potent expression in Fahrenheit 451. A Pleasure to Burn is at once surprising, illuminating, and hugely entertaining. Intended equally for scholars, aficionados, and casual readers, it is both an invaluable Bradbury sourcebook and a unique, intimate glimpse into the mysteries of the creative process.
Interesting, that sounds like a re-titling of MATCH TO FLAME which came out from Gauntlet Press. Amazon identifies the publisher as Subterranean Press, but I haven't seen any announcements directly from them yet.
That's exactly what it is. Sub Press is releasing some of the short stories from "Match to Flame" in a new collection called "A Pleasure to Burn". There's nothing new, but if you couldn't afford Match to flame this should be a cheaper alternative.
Re: A PLEASURE TO BURN. Subterranean Press posted this today.
Thank You Subterranean!
I ordered mine yesterday. And at the bargain price of $23, it was a pleasure to do.
I should clarify a bit. A PLEASURE TO BURN will include all of the completed stories from both MATCH TO FLAME and the chapbook THE DRAGON WHO ATE HIS TAIL. Our title will not include the manuscript facsimiles, as it's intended for a more general audience than the Gauntlet edition.
We've also taken the opportunity to correct a lot of typos that were in MATCH TO FLAME, and one story, "The Garbage Collector" which for some reason Gauntlet published without any paragraph breaks to indicate different speakers.
Donn Albright has to stop using those cheap 'Learn to Spell' books from the thrift store.
Donn and I were talking about the Gauntlet Dark Carnival one time, and he mentioned an error in the editing, and pointed out that "Bill Nolan, of all people, caught the mistake."
Thanks for posting this. I really wanted "Match to Flame" (just like I wanted "Masks") but could not afford either.
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The cover design looks great. Really nice job by Bill and Gail at Subterranean.
I'm looking forward to this one as well. Never did pick up the Gauntlet book and it's fairly pricey (it's a signed limited it must be pointed out) I'll be happy to have it at a bargain price...part of the 50% pre-order deal they were running. Very cool...
I never picked up the Gauntlet edition either but already have this one on order with Subterranean already. Not to beat a dead horse but (to me) Gauntlet's books generally are not very appealing from a art direction - production value standpoint so this volume is MOST welcome. I wonder if Sub could do a "trade" edition of DARK CARNIVAL....now THAT would be something!
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