Fri, 4 June 2021
Will Lantry succeed in creating an army of living dead? Ray Bradbury, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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App users can hear a reading of The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe. The story is reference several times in Bradbury’s story, as well as many works by Ambrose Bierce and H.P. Lovecraft.
Today’s story originally released in the Summer issue of Planet Stories in 1948.
Last week, William Lantry awoke from his coffin in a graveyard. He was dead, yet he could move and speak. The year was 2348 or so, and he’d been dead around 350 years. The new world had no graveyards, and all bodies were burned in a great Incinerator, which made a pillar of fire to the heavens. Along with the graveyards, fear, superstition, and macabre imagination were also sterilized in this new world. So Lantry came up with a plan – to destroy the Incinerators, and create an army of living dead “friends”.
And now, Pillar of Fire, Part 2 of 2, by Ray Bradbury.