Remembering Ray

I am by nature a short story writer, but short collections are difficult to sell. Taking a leaf from Ray’s The Illustrated Man I connect several of my new shorts into a novel, “The Card Game.”  Fate, Chance, Destiny and Luck play cards beneath a new October moon. As the wind destroys their game and bad omens threaten. The cards begin to move. Each card and tells a tale. These stories of the now and distant future are woven together into a tale of death and hope as the night unfolds.

“The Card Game,” was accepted is being published in February 2013

I wish Ray knew. He would have been so excited for me. It was the last book of mine that I will get to share with him.

Ray did not believe in rewriting… “Throw it up in the morning and clean it up in the afternoon and get it out there,” He’d say.

Interesting though, when reading to him some of his early letters about his very first works, he talks about rewriting and rewriting… So I wonder if that was a change.

Ray insisted that he was a science fantasy writer, not a science fiction writer and he was right. He did not worry about the mechanics of space but the imagination. Though his works might be on mars or magic carousel there were finally, ultimately about us. About love, hope fear, dreams desire and death. That is why they are so universal. In his tales, his language, though poetic, was simple. His essays, though were written in a thick, scholarly style and the depth and breadth of Ray’s knowledge came through.

The problem with death, Ray Bradbury once said to me, is that “it is so damned permanent.”

There were some stories that Ray so delighted in he’d tell them again and again.

His two favorite childhood stories were of circuses.  more on that later.


About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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