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Ellison Harlan

Shatterday

Genre: fantasy
Annotation:
Mercurial, belligerent, passionately in love with language and wild ideas, Harlan Ellison has, for half a century, steadily gathered to himself and his thirty-seven books an undeniably fanatical readership. Winner of more awards for imaginative literature than any other living writer, he is the only scenarist ever to win the Writers Guild of America award three times for outstanding teleplay. Though his contemporary fantasies have been compared favorably with the dark visions of Borges, Barthelme, Poe and Kafka, Ellison resists categorization with a vehemence that alienates critics and reviewers seeking easy pigeonholes for an extraordinary writer. The San Francisco Chronicle writes, 'The categories are too small to describe Harlan Ellison. Lyric poet, satirist, explorer of odd psychological corners, moralist, purveyor of pure horror and black comedy; he is all these and more.' In this, his thirty-seventh book, setting down as never before the mortal dreads we all share, Harlan Ellison has put together his best work to date: sixteen uncollected stories (half of which are award-winners), totaling a marvel-filled 105,000 words and including a brand-new novella, his longest work in over a dozen years.

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  1. Harlan Ellison Shatterday
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. JAMES BLISH
  4. Introduction: MORTAL DREADS
  5. Jeffty is Five
  6. Introduction
  7. How ’s the Night Life on Cissalda?
  8. Introduction
  9. Flop Sweat
  10. Introduction
  11. Would You Do It for a Penny?
  12. Introduction
  13. (Written in collaboration with Haskell Barkin)
  14. The Man Who Was Heavily into Revenge
  15. Introduction
  16. Shoppe Keeper
  17. Introduction
  18. All the Lies That Are My Life
  19. Introduction
  20. Django
  21. Introduction
  22. Count the Clock that Tells the Time
  23. Introduction
  24. In the Fourth Year of the War
  25. Introduction
  26. Alive and Well and on a Friendless Voyage
  27. Introduction
  28. All the Birds Come Home to Roost
  29. Introduction
  30. Opium
  31. Introduction
  32. The Other Eye of Polyphemus
  33. Introduction
  34. The Executioner of the Malformed Children
  35. Introduction
  36. Shatterday
  37. Introduction
  38. i. Someday
  39. ii. Moanday
  40. iii. Duesday
  41. iv. Woundsday
  42. v. Thornsday
  43. vi. Freeday
  44. vii. Shatterday


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