A Memory of Murder

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A Memory of Murder
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First edition cover
Author Ray Bradbury
Country United States
Language English
Genre Mystery short stories
Publisher Dell Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 192 pp
ISBN 0-440-15559-2
OCLC 10466614
LC Class CPB Box no. 2935 vol. 20

A Memory of Murder (1984) is a collection of fifteen short stories by Ray Bradbury. They were originally published from 1944 to 1948 in pulp magazines owned by Popular Publications, Inc. that specialized in detective and crime fiction. Bradbury tried his hand in the genre but found the results unsatisfactory. He referred to the stories as "the walking wounded" in his introduction to A Memory of Murder.

Although Bradbury would acquire the reprint rights to "The Small Assassin" and "Wake for the Living" (retitled "The Coffin") for his first collection, Dark Carnival, Popular Publications held onto the reprint rights for the remaining stories after Bradbury became a successful author in the 1950s, and none of those thirteen appeared in collections of Bradbury stories over the years. When Bradbury learned that they would be published in a collection in the 1980s, he offered to write an introduction, and to add the two stories he owned, under the agreement that the book would appear in paperback only, and that no subsequent editions would be published after the first edition sold out.


  • The Small Assassin (1946)
  • A Careful Man Dies (1946)
  • It Burns Me Up (1944)
  • Half-Pint Homicide (1944)
  • Four-Way Funeral (1944)
  • The Long Night (1944)
  • Corpse Carnival (1945)
  • Hell's Half-Hour (1945)
  • The Long Way Home (1945)
  • Wake for the Living (1947)
  • I'm Not So Dumb (1945)
  • The Trunk Lady (1944)
  • Yesterday I Lived (1944)
  • Dead Men Rise Up Never (1945)
  • The Candy Skull (1948)

Bradbury returned to the mystery genre more confidently in 1985 with the publication of his novel Death Is a Lonely Business, and its two sequels, A Graveyard for Lunatics and Let's All Kill Constance.


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