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- DescriptionYou will t find 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman in this book. Nor will you find I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, A Boy and His Dog, or The Deathbird, or any of Harlan Ellison's myriad masterpieces. What will you find herein? The front cover might give you a nasty clue: stories of crime and amorality, of sex and violence. What the cover might t have conveyed was that the award-winning tales enumerated above were forged in an imagination stoked for the preceding decade by the need to trade tales to the pulps and slick men's magazine to make the rent ($7 a week). You hold in your hands the work of a writer painfully crawling forward, tale by tale, honing his craft in an industry where every word counted...of course, you knew all that; you got it from the title. AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD kicks off with Typewriters & Pipe Lighters, a collection of anecdotes from Ellison recalling the writing of these stories, which span his first full year as a professional writer (1956) to 1968, when he still dashed off the occasional thriller while making his name with the iconic fantasies listed above. A further essay- Naked Deranged Psycho Thrill-Demon Or, Bitch-Slut Gun-Crazy Homicidal Rat (1996)-discusses pulp editor W.W. Scott's propensity for re-titling Ellison's works for publication in such publications as Guilty and Trapped. Most of the stories are straight-forward thrillers never-before collected in an Ellison anthology: Her Name Was Death (1957), Thirty Miles to Death Junction (1957), The Teaser with a Knife (1967), Don't Mind the Maid (1957), The Girl in the Red Room (1964), Hunchback (1957), Goodbye, Eadie (1956), The Clean Break (1956), Boss of the Big House (1957), Drive a Girl to Kill (1957), Hell's Holocaust (1957), Willie Just Won't Kick Off (1968), Mad Dog! (written with Henry Slesar, 1957), The Women in the House (1957), Taxi Dancer (1967). The Music of Our Affair (1963) features the author experimenting with style, to cacophous effect. Find One Cuckaboo (1960) is a never-before reprinted velette originally included in the paperback anthology THE SAINT MYSTERY LIBRARY, No. 11. Clobber Me, Moogoo! (1956) and McManus's Mental Mistress (1968) exhibit a fantasy-tinged approach to stories of sex. Only Death Can Stop It (1960) compelled Harlan to add a disclaimer to the table of the contents. The Final Push (1957) is one of the author's three Westerns. While Saddle Tramp (collected in HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD) was more tramp than saddle, this story has more in common with The End of the Time of Leinard in its evocation of a genre Ellison adores. Night on the Mug Beat is a never-before published cop story, appearing herein for the first time. The main body of the collection closes with The Steep Road to the Gutter (1965), an overlooked masterpiece of early Ellisonia that the editor is overjoyed to expose to a wider audience. But wait, there's more! In preparing AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD for publication, the editor stumbled across a file headed A WOMAN NAMED MIDNIGHT. After confirming that A Girl Named Poison (found in the author's 2013 collection PULLING A TRAIN) hadn't changed her name upon reaching maturity, the editor brought the forty-page typescript for an unfinished vel-credited to Ellis Daye on the first page, and written while Ellison lived in the treehouse on Bushrod Lane-to its author. Harlan read the story but had recollection of writing it, r why it had never been completed and published, but nevertheless gave his blessing for it to make its debut herein.
- Author BiographyHARLAN ELLlSON(R) has been characterized by The New York Times Book Review as having the spellbinding quality of a great nonstop talker, with a cultural warehouse for a mind. The Los Angeles Times suggested, It's long past time for Harlan Ellison to be awarded the title: 20th century Lewis Carroll. And the Washington Post Book World said simply, One of the great living American short story writers. He has written or edited 100 books; more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns; two dozen teleplays, for which he received the Writers Guild of America most outstanding teleplay award for solo work an unprecedented 4 times; and a dozen movies. Publishers Weekly called him Highly Intellectual. (Ellison's response: Who, Me? ). He won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award twice, the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker award 6 times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Nebula award of the Science Fiction Writers of America 4 times, the Hugo (World Convention Achievement award) 8 1/2 times, and received the Silver Pen for Journalism from P.E.N. Not to mention the World Fantasy Award; the British Fantasy Award; the American Mystery Award; plus 2 Audie Awards and 2 Grammy nominations for Spoken Word recordings. He created great fantasies for the 1985 CBS revival of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, traveled with The Rolling Stones; marched with Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery; created roles for Buster Keaton, Wally Cox, Gloria Swanson, and nearly 100 other stars on Burke's Law; ran with a kid gang in Brooklyn's Red Hook to get background for his first novel; covered race riots in Chicago's back of the yards with the late James Baldwin; sang with, and dined with, Maurice Chevalier; once stood off the son of the Detroit Mafia kingpin with a Remington XP-l00 pistol-rifle, while wearing nothing but a bath towel; sued Paramount and ABC-TV for plagiarism and won $337,000. His most recent legal victory, in protection of copyright against global Internet piracy of writers' work-a four-year-long litigation against AOL et al.-has resulted in revolutionizing protection of creative properties on the web. (As promised, he repaid hundreds of contributions [totaling $50,000] from the KICK Internet Piracy support fund.) But the bottom line, as voiced by Booklist, is this: One thing for sure: the man can write. He lives with his wife, Susan, inside The Lost Aztec Temple of Mars, in Los Angeles.
- Author(s)Harlan Ellison
- PublisherEdgeworks Abbey
- Date of Publication29/09/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintEdgeworks Abbey
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight445 g
- Width191 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Edited byJason Davis
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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