The Dragon (short story)

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"The Dragon"
Author Ray Bradbury
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Fantasy Short story
Published in Esquire
Publication type Periodical
Media type Print (Magazine)
Publication date August 1955
The Dragon
Dragon bradbury.jpg
dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Ray Bradbury
Illustrator Ken Snyder
Cover artist Ken Snyder
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy short story
Publisher Footsteps Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 15 pp

"The Dragon" is a short story by author Ray Bradbury. This story was originally published in 1955 in the magazine Esquire. A limited edition (352 copies, signed and numbered or lettered) of the story was published by Footsteps Press in 1988. It appears in A Medicine for Melancholy (1959), R is for Rocket (1962), Classic Stories 1 (1990), and Bradbury Stories (2003).


The story concerns two knights who have a mission to slay a dragon. They describe the dragon as huge, fire-breathing, and horrific, having only one eye. They charge the dragon but fail, presumably dying in the attempt.

The "dragon" is then revealed to be a steam train, and its single eye is the train's head light. The operators discuss the event, but go away without attempting to find the knights.


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