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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Open Road Media
Publication date June 3, 2014
Pages 346
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781497642959
ISBN-10 1497642957
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $14.99
Summaries and Reviews
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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”


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781596060852
 
With Harlan Ellison | Deluxe edition from Subterranean (March 15, 2011)
9781596060852 | details & prices | 394 pages | 7.25 × 10.00 × 1.50 in. | 2.35 lbs | List price $45.00
About: Harlan Ellison's masterwork of myth and terror as he seduces all innocence on a mind-freezing odyssey into the darkest reaches of mortal terror and the most dazzling heights of Olympian hell in his finest collection.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780020283614 Book cover for 9781497642959 Book cover for 9781587541018
 
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With Harlan Ellison | from Open Road Media (June 3, 2014)
9781497642959 | details & prices | 346 pages | 5.00 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $14.99
About: 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).
from Olmstead Pr (October 1, 2000)
9781587541018 | details & prices | List price $18.95
About: 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).
from Collier Books (August 1, 1993)
9780020847458 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $9.00
With Hyatt Howe Waggoner | Reprint edition from Collier Books (August 1, 1990)
9780020283614 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $9.00
This edition also contains Emerson As Poet
About: A collection of nineteen allegorical stories exploring the powers and vulnerabilities of the gods and demons of the computerized, polluted, and violent modern world
Reprint edition from Collier Books (August 1, 1990)
9780020283614 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $9.00
This edition also contains Emerson As Poet
About: A collection of nineteen allegorical stories exploring the powers and vulnerabilities of the gods and demons of the computerized, polluted, and violent modern world

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