Ellison Wonderland

Ellison Wonderland

by Harlan Ellison
     
 

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Originally published in 1962 and updated in later decades with a new introduction, Ellison Wonderland contains sixteen masterful stories from the author’s early career. This collection shows a vibrant young writer with a wide‑ranging imagination, ferocious creative energy, devastating wit, and an eye for the wonderful and terrifying and tragic.

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Originally published in 1962 and updated in later decades with a new introduction, Ellison Wonderland contains sixteen masterful stories from the author’s early career. This collection shows a vibrant young writer with a wide‑ranging imagination, ferocious creative energy, devastating wit, and an eye for the wonderful and terrifying and tragic. Among the gems are “All the Sounds of Fear,” “The Sky Is Burning,” “The Very Last Day of a Good Woman,” and “In Lonely Lands.” Though they stand tall on their own merits, they also point the way to the sublime stories that followed soon after and continue to come even now, more than fifty years later.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759298149
Publisher:
EReads
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

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So I'm sitting up here on this magic mushroom, minding my own beeswax, when along comes the most righteously ugly caterpillar I've ever laid eyes on; and he's wearing an all-weather plastic rain poncho, eight pairs of scuffed saddle-shoes, dark glasses, and a suspicious-looking hand-rolled cigarette never sold by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. 'Get off my turf,' the creep says to me. 'Like hell,' I reply. 'I was here first,' he says, in a fit of pique. 'That's what the Indians said,' I answer, 'and look what happened to them!' So he settles down to give me rotten looks, and I figure the only way I'm going to get this hairy bug to mellow out is to tell him some stories, which is what I'm known for, so I tell him the following: about the guy whose next-door neighbor raises flowers with eyeballs; about the actor who was so much into the Method that he became the characters in the play; about the aliens that came to Earth to burn up in our atmosphere; and about what happens to the guy who used to say 'rain, rain, go away, come again another day.' But it didn't do a bit of good, he took me to the Housing Commission and tried to get me evicted. So I stepped on the little green sonofabitch."

What People are saying about this

Leslie Charteris
Ellison writes with sensitivity as well as guts---a rare combination.
—Leslie Charteris, (creator of The Saint)
Pete Hamill
Harlan Ellison is the dark prince of American letters, cutting through our corrupted midnight fog with a switchblade prose. He simply must be read.

Meet the Author

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 won more awards than any other living fantasist. Ellison has written or edited one hundred fourteen books; more than seventeen hundred stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns; two dozen teleplays; and a dozen motion pictures. 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 Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice; the Georges Melies Fantasy Film Award twice; and two Audie Awards (for the best in audio recordings); and he was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by PEN, the international writers’ union. He was presented with the first Living Legend Award by the International Horror Critics at the 1995 World Horror Convention. Ellison is the only author in Hollywood ever to win the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Teleplay (solo work) four times, most recently for “Paladin of the Lost Hour,” his Twilight Zone episode that was Danny Kaye’s final role, in 1987. In 2006, Ellison was awarded the prestigious title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Dreams With Sharp Teeth, the documentary chronicling his life and works, was released on DVD in May 2009.

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