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From the Dust Returned is a fix-up fantasy novel by Ray Bradbury published in 2001. The novel is largely created from a series of short stories Bradbury wrote decades earlier, centering on a family of Illinois-based monsters and ghosts named the Elliotts. The 6 previously published stories originally appeared in the magazines The Saturday Evening Post, Mademoiselle and Weird Tales as well as Bradbury's earlier collections Dark Carnival and The Toynbee Convector. Two of the stories, "Homecoming" and "Uncle Einar", were also anthologized in The October Country.[1] Three new short stories are included, as well as several chapters to help connect the stories.

From the Dust Returned
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Author Ray Bradbury
Cover artist Charles Addams
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher William Morrow and Company
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 205 pp
ISBN 0-380-97382-0
OCLC 45505966
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3503.R167 F76 2001

The novel features a cover illustration by Charles Addams, originally created to accompany the publication of the first of the Elliott stories, "Homecoming", in Mademoiselle in 1946. The Elliotts bear a strong resemblance to Addams' own Addams Family characters. Bradbury once discussed collaborating with Addams on an Elliott Family history, although that project never came to fruition.[2]



  • "The Beautiful One Is Here" (Prologue)
  • "The Town and the Place"
  • "Anuba Arrives"
  • "The High Attic"
  • "The Sleeper and Her Dreams"
  • "The Wondering Witch" (Previously published as "The April Witch")[3]
  • "Whence Timothy?"
  • "The House, the Spider, and the Child"
  • "Mouse, Far-Traveling"
  • "Homecoming" (Previously published in Mademoiselle and The October Country)[3]
  • "West of October" (Previously published in The Toynbee Convector)[3]
  • "Many Returns"
  • "On the Orient North" (Previously published in The Toynbee Convector)[3]
  • "Nostrum Paracelsius Crook"
  • "The October People"
  • "Uncle Einar" (Previously published in Dark Carnival 1947 and The October Country)[3]
  • "The Whisperers"
  • "The Theban Voice"
  • "Make Haste to Live" (new)[3]
  • "The Chimney Sweeps"
  • "The Traveler" (Previously published in Weird Tales, 1945)[3]
  • "Return to the Dust" (new)[3]
  • "The One Who Remembers"
  • "The Gift" (new)[3]


In 2012, MGM acquired the rights to create a film adaptation of From the Dust Returned.[4]


  1. ^ Brown, Charles N.; William G. Contento (2001). "The Locus Index to Science Fiction (2001)". Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  2. ^ Bradbury, Ray, From the Dust Returned: A Novel. William Morrow, 2001.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Grant, John. "Review of From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury". Infinity Plus. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Jr, Mike (2012-05-10). MGM Acquires Ray Bradbury’s From The Dust Returned, About An Orphan Who’s Adopted By Monsters. Deadline New York, 10 May 2012. Retrieved on 2013-02-22 from


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