When green leaves turn to red and gold. When night winds blow secrets down deserted streets and the scent of burning fills the air – even in the city – you know that it’s the Bradbury time of year.
Dia De Los Muertos, All Hallows Eve… the time that spirits wander and visit their favorite haunts.

October and November are the months that Ray’s genial ghost I’m sure will be visiting his favorite bookstore, The Mystery and Imagination on 238 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.

It will probably be yours too if you m & i

live in Los Angeles. Everyone’s seen a bookstore like the M & I, at least in their imaginings.
Narrow aisles so tightly packed with books, characters rub elbows with you. Fat patrons get wedged between the shelves and have to survive on a diet of short fiction until they can squeeze free. It’s organized, but so jam packed with ideas and fancies it makes one’s head spin.
All the best bookstores are haunted – haunted by characters that live on long after pages flutter shut. Haunted by the writers who have read there… and the Mystery and Imagination has had many.
The reading room is up a stairway so narrow and steep you may need to grab a tank of fiction just to breathe the rarefied atmosphere. The walls are colored by signatures of so many scribblers, greedy autograph hounds have been tempted to steal them, but they are protected by the best – Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlow and Hercule Poirot. Besides, it’s difficult to fit walls into autograph files or scrapbooks.

Most bookstores have vanished now, so when you are lucky enough to find one, dusty with ideas, and smelling of secrets, I recommend wandering among the narrow aisles.

Listen to the voices whispering tales from between closed covers… And if there’s a book launch and part going on all the better,
I invite you to join me, at the launch and party for a new and massive Collection of Fiction –






DARKE PHANTASTIQUE -with greats Greg Bear, William F. Nolan and many, many more. (I have three “fables in it)
LOS ANGELES, CA on NOVEMBER 6 (Thursday), 5pm at MYSTERY & IMAGINATION BOOKSTORE (link:http://www.mysteryandimagination.com ).

I promise you cake, wine, and laughter, supplied by the incredible writer, publisher, and editor Jason V Brock of 
JaSunni Productions, LLC

And if you keep your eyes and mind and heart open, you might just see Ray wandering among the shelves, embracing everyone with his warmth and laughter just as he did not so very long ago.


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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