Deathbird Stories (Nucleus Fantasy Classic)

Deathbird Stories Nucleus Fantasy Classic 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 fi

  • Title: Deathbird Stories (Nucleus Fantasy Classic)
  • Author: Harlan Ellison
  • ISBN: 9780020847458
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.Deathbird Stories is a collection of 19 of Harlan Ellison s best stories, including Edgar and Hugo winners, originally published between 1960 and 1974 The colHarlan 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.Deathbird Stories is a collection of 19 of Harlan Ellison s best stories, including Edgar and Hugo winners, originally published between 1960 and 1974 The collection contains some of Ellison s best stories from earlier collections and is judged by some to be his most consistently high quality collection of short fiction The theme of the collection can be loosely defined as God, or Gods Sometimes they re dead or dying, some of them are as brand new as today s technology Unlike some of Ellison s collections, the introductory notes to each story can be as short as a phrase and rarely run than a sentence or two One story took a Locus Poll Award, the two final ones both garnered Hugo Awards and Locus Poll awards, and the final one also received a Jupiter Award from the Instructors of Science Fiction in Higher Education discontinued in 1979 When the collection was published in Britain, it won the 1979 British Science Fiction Award for Short Fiction.His stories will rivet you to the floor and change your heartbeat unforgettable a chamber of horror, fantasy and reality as you ll ever experience Gallery Brutally and flamboyantly shocking, frequently brilliant, and always irresistibly mesmerizing Richmond Times Dispatch

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    1. Althea Ann

      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. else fine

      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. Μιχάλης Μανωλιός

      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. Andreas

      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. Ben Loory

      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. Stephen

      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. John Bruni

      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. Joel Abel

      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. Kimberly

      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. Simon

      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. Mary JL

      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. Marvin

      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. Patti

      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. Jeff Lawrence

      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. Iskender Kebab

      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. Alazzar

      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. Suz

      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. Jill

      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. Emily Crow

      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. Rob

      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. Kevin

      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. Nicholas Beck

      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. Jason Wardell

      "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. Keith Stevenson

      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. Isidore

      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. Galo

      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. Dennis R. Thompson

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

    28. Cristina

      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. Roger Leatherwood

      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. neko cam

      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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