Monday 24 April 2017


As any regular reader of this blog will testify, there can be few more dedicated devotees of the late Ray Bradbury than I. We were friends for 30 years and I have several binders filled with his correspondence and a huge collection of his books, but even my reverence has its limits....


“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."Ray Bradbury 

When you're ready to get and stay drunk on writing, seek blessings from Saint Ray.

Your candle will feature the “sainted” writer’s image on the front, and a prayer or other message on the back. Currently available prayers:
✑ prayer for essay writers
✑ prayer for readers
✑ prayer for creative writers
✑ prayer for prelims exam success
✑ prayer for dissertation writers 
✑ prayer for thesis writers
The top of your candle will be tied with a ribbon and a charm that's related to writing, the writer's work, and/or the prayer you’ve chosen, usually a pen nib or book.

Candles are made from hand-poured, unscented, non-GMO soy wax. The wicks have cotton cores. They are approximately 8.5” tall and 2.5” in diameter. Each can burn for up to eighty hours depending on the environment. Safety instructions are included. 

£12.14 plus shipping  

Note: Sainted Writers candles are not official merchandise of the authors or publishers. I seek trademark- and copyright-free elements for every design. 

There are lots of sainted writers awaiting your petitions including Tolkien and Rowling...

You can view the entire company of saints (from Douglas Adams to Jeanette Winterson) here


Michael G. said...

Brian - What do you think Ray would have thought of this?

Brian Sibley said...

Ray's attitude to religion was unorthodox, but he had his own idiosyncratic belief in human spirituality.* Whilst he would have been unlikely to have endorsed the concept of praying to our favourite writers, I think he would have been hugely amused at his 'canonization' –– but, also, quite cross that whilst there are candles to Shakespeare and Poe, there isn't one to Melville!

*He once said: "My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God, I believe in the universe. I believe you are god, I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We’re all god."

Val said...

just had to check the date on this post ...was rather surprised it was not the 1st. There's nowt so strange as they say...

Brian Sibley said...

No, Val, no foolin'!

Anonymous said...

And as he was a serious Roman Catholic, one can imagine Tolkien's reaction.