Deathbird Stories

Harlan Ellison, prolific and powerful writer for motion pictures and television, has been one of America s finest short story writers for than fifty years Deathbird Stories is his most daring collection of dangerous visions, each tale a gem that peels back layers of human emotions to reveal a dark dream inspired by the madness that finds us in unprotected moments FrHarlan Ellison, prolific and powerful writer for motion pictures and television, has been one of America s finest short story writers for than fifty years Deathbird Stories is his most daring collection of dangerous visions, each tale a gem that peels back layers of human emotions to reveal a dark dream inspired by the madness that finds us in unprotected moments From the nightmare stalking that inspires The Whimper of Whipped Dogs, to the glass and metal prison of Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes, as well as in seventeen other brilliant tales from the new pantheon of gods, Ellison paints incredibly vivid portraits of the human soul in all its infinite variety of torment and torture, courage and charisma.Contents Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans Latitude 38 54 N, Longitude 77 00 13 W 1974 Along the Scenic Route 1969 At the Mouse Circus 1971 Basilisk 1972 Bleeding Stones 1973 Corpse 1972 Delusion for a Dragon Slayer 1966 Ernest and the Machine God 1968 Neon 1973 O Ye of Little Faith 1968 On the Downhill Side 1972 Paingod 1964 Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes 1967 Rock God 1969 Shattered Like a Glass Goblin 1968 The Deathbird 1973 The Face of Helene Bournouw 1960 The Place with No Name 1969 The Whimper of Whipped Dogs 1973
Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison prolific and powerful writer for motion pictures and television has been one of America s finest short story writers for than fifty years Deathbird Stories is his most daring collecti

  • Title: Deathbird Stories
  • Author: Harlan Ellison
  • ISBN: 9780020283614
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Deathbird Stories”

    1. This collection, originally published in 1975, has recently been re-released by Open Road Media. Many thanks to them for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinion is solely my own."Introduction: Oblations at Alien Altars"*"The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" (Inspired by the Kitty Genovese murder.)This story is the crappiest, most offensive indictment of city life - specifically New York City life - that I've ever encountered.Apparently, Ellison (like others at the time) took the murder of Kitty G [...]

    2. I somehow discovered this book when I was a kid. As dark and violent as it was, I found it weirdly hopeful. Finally, I thought, an adult who won't fucking lie to you, someone who will just say yes, everything sucks and people are screwed up and the only thing you can do in the face of all this misery is fight, even though you'll probably fail. Fight, and remember that everyone else is in pain, and never lose your outrage or your compassion. Not to pile more melodrama onto this paragraph, but it [...]

    3. Περίληψη: Ξεπερασμένα έργα από έναν από τους πλέον νάρκισσους συγγραφείς που έχω διαβάσει. Δεν πήγε καλά.Δεν φταίει ο Ellison, εγώ φταίω, που ξέρω ότι έχω μια αλλεργία με τα φουσκωμένα εγώ.Πρώτ’ απ’ όλα, πριν φτάσει κανείς στην πρώτη λέξη του πρώτου διηγήματος, προηγούνται είκο [...]

    4. I've outsourced reviews of short stories to my blog. If you're curious, read it there or just follow the review-links belowSummary: Ellison linked 19 stories, which were previously published between 1960 and 1974, with a common topic: new gods of our modern society, like for city neighborhoods or cars, need to be worshipped or drop out of existence. The stories worked as a standalone narrations but must be interpreted differently in this new context. It is not a thematic link like Bradbury's Th [...]

    5. i remember when this came in the mail from the science fiction book club when i was twelve. it was like having someone tear out my stomach.

    6. 6.0 stars. Another superb collection of short stories by the greatest short story writer of all time. While all of the stories in this collection are excellent, I would mention "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" as one that particularly affected me when I read it. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!Winner: British Science Fiction Award for Best Collection (1979)Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Collection (1976)Nominee: Locus Award for Best Collection (1976)Voted to the Locus List of All Time Best [...]

    7. I've read a few of these stories before, but never like this. No, every story in this book is meant to be read this way, not just a story here and there over the years. Read 'em all back to back, start to finish. (He warns you not to do that in the intro, but he's just goading you to do it.) It's a different, powerful experience. I think that SF has two phases: Before Harlan Ellison and After Harlan Ellison. He's a visceral guy. He doesn't do gentle, folks. He screams his straight-from-the-guts [...]

    8. for me this books represents one of those rare moments in life where you can point to a single instant and say, "that moment changed me".i was around thirteen years old, and, as a lot of young teenagers, really struggling with Christianity, social expectations, parental smothering, etc. and so on. lets just say the box was feeling particularly small and i was feeling the squeeze. enter a fateful trip to the local flea market/second hand emporiumagine a flea market booth so full of worthless item [...]

    9. 3.5 starsDEATHBIRD STORIES, by Harlan Ellison is a collection of some of his varied short stories. I do love Ellison's literary style and writing in general; however, as in most story collections, some of the themes of the individual stories "worked" for me much more so than others. In general, I found that I prefered his horror and supernatural-style stories over those that reached into the fantasy and (to a lesser extent) the science fiction areas.The writing is brilliant all throughout, in my [...]

    10. I didn't know quite what to expect from this volume, especially after reading the author's caveat at the beginning:It is suggested that the reader not attempt to read this book at one sitting. The emotional content of these stories, taken without break, may be extremely upsetting. This note is intended most sincerely, and not as hyperbole.Not that this is an issue for me, I never read books in one sitting. But after finishing these stories I can see what the author means and agree that it is not [...]

    11. Harlan Ellison is a passionate writer with a unique style. I've have read many of his story stories, including these in this book.Like most of Ellison's work, these stories are aiming for an emotional effect. Ellison has a great deal of anger in some stories, also he has very little optimism.I often think of this child's poem when I read Ellison: "There once was a girl And she had a curl Right in the middle of her forehead And when she was good, she was very, very good And when she was bad she w [...]

    12. Harlan Ellison is one of my favorite short story writers but his output can be inconsistent. Deathbird Stories is easily his finest collection. These works are unflinchingly cynical and brutally honest about the human condition yet it is apparent that the writer hopes that mankind will rise and find something about it that is noble. If there is one repeating theme it is that man must create gods for itself even though those gods always fail us. Ellison's warning that these stories should not be [...]

    13. I think I'm might be in a minority on this book. It has had many good reviews on many venues and was a bookclub pick by one of our more adventurous members.While this may not be my cup of tea - there are a couple of things specifically that bothered me about the book.1. Many of the stories are firmly set in their era - the book was published in 1975 and you can tell by all of his branded references. Maybe this would be cool if you were reading it in 1975 and you could relate to the brands and tr [...]

    14. A masterpiece of bleak, modern not-quite-horror.The Deathbird is a series of short stories that I damn near required all my friends and lovers to read. They are bleak, bitter, angry and fascinating. Like a car wreck you can't help but rubberneck at as you drive past it, Deathbird left me a little weak in the knees and sometimes, a little sick to my stomach from the emotional wreckage of the characters-- and the window they opened into my own psyche.Read it alone, in a well-lit room.Wait and wat [...]

    15. Ignoring Ellison's caveat lector at the beginning on the book about "don't read this in a single sitting". I read the book in a single sitting. As such, I am not an emotionally "ok" person today, I'm slightly dead inside because this collection put me through one too many emotions, utterly confused me at times, and had me captivated by the wonderful prose to the point where my brain could not take it anymore.If I had to rate the stories individually, several would get 5 stars, some would get 2 o [...]

    16. I had to give up on this collection around page 183, in the middle of a story that meant nothing to me.Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m bad at reading anthologies (with the exception of The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, of course). The problem is that anytime I hit a story I’m not a big fan of, it makes it harder and harder to pick the book back up. I do all right with short story collections on the Kindle, but part of that is because it’s harder to tell how many pages are [...]

    17. I read this for 12 Grandmasters in 2012 challenge. I had heard of Ellison, of course. I know who he is, I’ve heard the rumors, the gossip, the cool talk about him. He’s rough. He’s crude. He’s a blazing asshole. He’s brilliant. This is, however, the first time I’ve actually read anything by him (of course I’ve seen things that he’s written screenplays for). He’s definitely unique, and I don’t think I’ve read anything that touches him.This is a compilation of short stories, [...]

    18. Deathbird Stories famously starts with a caveat: don't read it all in one sitting, Unca Harlan warns, because it's intense, it's upsetting, and it'll fuck you up. Now as a rule, I respect Unca Harlan's opinion -- he's the angriest motherfucker to ever love words, and it positions him firmly Up My Alley. But: "PAH!" upon reading the warning -- "I've got steel for emotional skin when it comes to supposedly creepy stories. Whatever, Ellison."Yeah no. I don't. Don't read them in a single sitting.It' [...]

    19. The stories are, for the most part, interesting and well-written, but after a while, the non-stop cynicism and darkness left my brain feeling a bit numb. I was glad, finally, to be be done with them. Ellison warns the reader not to attempt to read these in one sitting, stating that doing so might be "extremely upsetting," and I did anyway. This didn't really upset me, but it did leave me with the impression that, taken as a whole, there is something a bit "off" about the whole collection. There' [...]

    20. Deathbird Stories is a short story cycle surrounding the idea of gods new and old interacting with everyday America. Yeah, it wasn't Neil Gaiman's idea. Throughout all of the stories Ellison maintains a consistent dark energy in his narrative voice that grips the reader and drives the story forward. This beautiful and agressive style manages to keep even the less successful stories enjoyable.Like any story collection, the quality varies, but Ellison (or his publishing company) is smart enough to [...]

    21. Far too often lately I find myself abandoning books. I never used to do that! I used to be able to name all five or so books I couldn't get through - back when I was 18.But now that I'm older my decisions about how I spend my time seem to carry more (undesired) weight. It's now obvious that my life is no longer filled with endless summers and lazy nights, the perfect time to read through my roommate's entire collection of D&D novelizations or whatever.So when a book like this doesn't thrill [...]

    22. This was one of the most interesting group of stories I have ever read. Many of them were graphic, but it was necessary in stories of this style. Ellison really shows in each story how great a writer he is with the intensity of the implications leftover after finishing one of the Deathbird Stories. Some of the stories in this books left me with so much to think about, it was hard to read another one right after the other. This made me take a lot longer to read the whole book, but I also think I [...]

    23. "It is suggested that the reader not attempt to read this book at one sitting. The emotional content of these stories, taken without break, may be extremely upsetting. This note is intended most sincerely, and not as hyperbole. GO AT YOUR OWN RISK."-Harlan EllisonI'm only around halfway through, but these are some of the most deeply disturbing and enthralling short stories I've ever read. I particularly enjoyed the first, "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" and "Basilisk." Also, despite its similariti [...]

    24. The years have not been kind to the stories in this collection. Published in 1975, the book opens with a 'caveat lector' warning us not to read the stories one after the other without a break as the emotional content 'may be extremely upsetting'. No doubt some of the concepts dealt with were confronting at the time, now the writing style in the stories comes across as overwrought, preachy and full of telling, telling telling. Not to mention the overt misogeny, and the lack in variation of tone: [...]

    25. Given this collection's reputation, I went into it with high expectations. I was deeply disappointed. With the exception of "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs", with which I was already familiar from its countless reprintings, I found the stories emotionally and intellectually uninvolving. Far too often I felt that a bombastic, overwrought style of writing was being used to disguise weakness of content.

    26. Profane and unsettling, Deathbird Stories will stay with you long after it has collected dust on your bookshelf. Never apologetic, Harlan Ellison’s words resonate with passion and precision, taking the reader to a chaotic and godless view of who we are and where we will be. Deathbird Stories is the inkwell of our psyche; the altar of despair.

    27. This guy's intellect is frightening. His stories are frightening. Inspirational because they are so real, impossible, and grotesque.

    28. Short english reviewThis exceptional collection is a massive punch deliver, an uncanny set of tales that hypnotizes the reader, delivering mixed feelings of awesome and awful. This unsettling feeling is set in the first story, The Whimper of Whipped Dogs, in which a brutal murder is described and several witnesses watch, mesmerized. So does the reader. Humanly gods and humans turned gods, the stories in this collection portrait all kinds of monsters in real and parallel realities – simultaneou [...]

    29. A couple years after Ellison got on my radar, I bought this first edition, hardcover. This is the book that changed the direction and force of his future writing, although on first blush it was not quite so clear.First, this is like a concept book, with all stories including rather old ones collected around the idea of "modern gods." So we see "Paingod," "Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes," and "Rock God" which close readers were already familiar with. These dovetail surprisingly nicely with newer tales o [...]

    30. This was such a varied work. The message behind each story, the style of prose, and even the format changes wildly. The common thread is that they deal with gods - though often this is in a very imaginative, unique interpretation of the word.The first story, 'The Whimper of Whipped Dogs', absolutely astounded me; it was so very unexpectedly brutal and blunt. I don't mean this in the sense that the clamorous gore of 'American Psycho' was brutal and blunt, but in that it depicts so viscerally the [...]

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