In 1951, American writer Ray Bradbury’s science fiction short story collection, The Illustrated Man, was published. The collection of 18 short stories was one of the first short story collections I ever read.
The premise of the collection is based on “a vagrant former member of a carnival freak show with an extensively tattooed body whom the unnamed narrator meets. The man’s tattoos, allegedly created by a time-traveling woman, are individually animated and each tell a different tale.”
In 1969, Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom starred in the movie version.
In 1984, Mark of the Devil, which reminded me of the Illustrated Man, was broadcast as the first movie in the Fox Mystery Theater television series, produced by Hammer Films.
“A desperate gambler (Dirk Benedict) in debt with a gangster robs a Chinese tattoo artist (Burt Hwouk), getting stabbed and killing the man in the process. A black spot appears on his chest and begins to spread. Day by day, it gets bigger and bigger and forms into a tattoo. The tattoo then starts to spread all over his body and he has to go into seclusion.”
Written by Rosa L. Griffin