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Guillermo del Toro on the Death of Ray Bradbury

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08:  Producer Guillermo del Toro attends the "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" premiere at the Walter Reade Theater on August 8, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Upon hearing of the death of Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, director Guillermo del Toro e-mailed Vulture a brief note. "I feel lonelier. The world is vast and barren: Bradbury was one of the titans of fantastic fiction and a unique voice in American literature. The lyricism of his prose influenced many generations across the globe. A humanist before anything else, Bradbury nurtured my youthful hopes, my flights of fancy. His soul was gentle but his imagination was fierce."

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