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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sam Weller  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Lake Forest, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Weller was born in Lake Forest, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sam Weller is two-time Bram Stoker Award winning writer and the authorized biographer of the legendary Ray Bradbury. Weller’s book, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Awards for “Best Biography.” The companion book, Listen the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, was published by Hat & Beard Press in 2017. Weller has written for The Paris Review, NPR's All Things Considered, Slate, Huffington Post, and many others. He has given over 400 presentations around the world on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury and on the mystery of the creative process.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

Dark black :
ISBN: 1732734542. OCLC Number: 1133128149

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"In this haunting debut collection of short stories, Sam Weller ... blurs the boundaries between the weird, outré, paranormal, Gothic, and old school punk rock. Dark Black features 20 tales, at turns chilling, melancholy, hilarious, and full-on macabre."--Back cover

Listen to the echoes :
ISBN: 9780996744799. OCLC Number: 955313485

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Acclaimed biographer and Bradbury scholar Sam Weller spent more than a decade interviewing Ray Bradbury, who admitted, 'Sam Weller knows more about my life than I do.' Revealed in Weller and Bradbury's conversations, collected in Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, is a vivid portrait of the author. A creative genius, an opinionated and occasionally contrarian thinker, 'and a nostalgic futurist,' Bradbury longed for yesterday even as he looked toward tomorrow. During the process of conducting research for the book, noted Los Angeles photographer Zen Sekizawa photographed Bradbury's home and decades of his accumulated possessions. Her photographs present an alternate portrait of Bradbury--one that is more poignant now that his personal possessions have been sold at auction and his home of more than half a century razed. Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews is the definitive collection of interviews with this American icon, illustrated with Sekizawa's stunning color photographs (including previously unpublished images). Originally issued as a paperback in 2010 by Stop Smiling Books and Melville House Publishing, Listen to the Echoes is now available as a full-color, larger-format hardcover edition with a new final chapter by Weller about Bradbury's legacy since his death in 2012, and dozens of new photographs from the Bradbury archive. Also new to this edition are essays by Margaret Atwood and Frank Darabont. Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), the poetic and visionary author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Bradbury's sway over contemporary culture is towering--Mikhail Gorbachev, Alfred Hitchcock and David Bowie all counted themselves as fans, to name only a very few--Publisher's website.

Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview
ISBN: 1612194214. OCLC Number: 878023907

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"Ray Bradbury was long the most influential sci-fi writer in the world, the poetic and visionary author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man But he also lived a fascinating life outside the parameters of sci-fi, and was a masterful raconteur of his own story, as he reveals in his wide-ranging and in-depth final interview with his acclaimed biographer, Sam Weller. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an inveterate fanboy of movie stars, spending hours waiting at studio gates to get autographs. He would later get to know many of Hollywood's most powerful figures when he became a major screenwriter, and he details here what it was like to work for legendary directors such as John Huston and Alfred Hitchcock. And then there are all the celebrities--from heads of state like Mikhail Gorbachev to rock stars like David Bowie and the members of Kiss--who went out of their way to arrange encounters with Bradbury. But throughout that last talk, as well as the interviews collected here from earlier in his career, Bradbury constantly twists the elements of his life into a discussion of the influences and creative processes behind his remarkable developments and inventions for the literary form he mastered. Mixed with cheerful gossiping about his travels and the characters of his life, it makes for a rich reading experience and a revealing collection of interviews"--

SECRET CHICAGO :
ISBN: 1459654846. OCLC Number: 972240138

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Shadow show :
ISBN: 9780062122681. OCLC Number: 792934783

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"An anthology of short fiction by 26 authors, each of whom was inspired by the legendary work of Ray Bradbury, including Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret Atwood, and more"--

The Bradbury chronicles :
ISBN: 006054581X. OCLC Number: 56590874

William Morrow,. .

A biography of the highly regarded science fiction author of Fahrenheit 451 and numerous other books, covering his childhood, first publications, and eventual literary success.