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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 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]

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 April Witch"
  • "Homecoming"
  • "West of October"
  • "On the Orient North"
  • "Uncle Einar"
  • "The Traveler"
  • "From the Dust Returned"


In 2012, MGM acquired the rights to create a film adaptation of From the Dust Returned.[3]


  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. ^ 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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