1. Deathbird Stories

    Harlan Ellison

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    Masterpieces of myth and terror about modern gods from technology to drugs to materialism—“fantasy at its most bizarre and unsettling” (The New York Times).

    As Earth approaches Armageddon, a man embarks on a quest to confront God in the Hugo Award–winning novelette, “The Deathbird.”

    In New York City, a brutal act of violence summons a malevolent spirit and a growing congregation of desensitized worshippers in “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs,” an Edgar Award winner influenced by the real-life murder of Queens resident Kitty Genovese in 1964.

    In “Paingod,” the deity tasked with inflicting pain and suffering on every living being in the universe questions the purpose of its cruel existence.

    Deathbird Stories collects these and sixteen more provocative tales exploring the futility of faith in a faithless world. A legendary author of speculative fiction whose best-known works include A Boy and His Dog and I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream—and whose major awards and nominations number in the dozens, Harlan Ellison strips away convention and hypocrisy and lays bare the human condition in modern society as ancient gods fade and new deities rise to appease the masses—gods of technology, drugs, gambling, materialism—that are as insubstantial as the beliefs of those who venerate them.

    In addition to his Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Edgar, and other awards, Ellison was called “one of the great living American short story writers” by the Washington Post—and this collection makes it clear why he has earned such an extraordinary assortment of accolades.

    Stories include:
    “Introduction: Oblations at Alien Altars”
    “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs”
    “Along the Scenic Route”
    “On the Downhill Side”
    “O Ye of Little Faith”
    “Neon”
    “Basilisk”
    “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes”
    “Corpse”
    “Shattered Like a Glass Goblin”
    “Delusion for a Dragon Slayer”
    “The Face of Helene Bournouw”
    “Bleeding Stones”
    “At the Mouse Circus”
    “The Place with No Name”
    “Paingod”
    “Ernest and the Machine God”
    “Rock God”
    “Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W”
    “The Deathbird”
  2. Pub Date
    04/29/2014
    Publisher
    Open Road Integrated Media
    ISBN13
    9781497604773
    Format
    Ebook

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  • “Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.” —Robert Heinlein, 1973

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Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison has been called "one of the great living American short story writers" by the Washington Post. In a career spanning more than fifty years, he has written or edited 114 books and more than seventeen hundred stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, and has created two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures. He has won more awards than any other living fantasist. He has won the Hugo award eight and a half times (shared once); the Nebula award three times; the Bram Stoker award, presented by the Horror Writers Association, five times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996); the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America twice; the Georges Melies fantasy film award twice; two Audie Awards (for the best in audio recordings); and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by P.E.N., the international writer's union.