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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2010
    Definitely see DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH. It really gives a sense of the Man, not just the Writer (but also the Writer). One of the best docs I've ever seen and the subject matter definitely has a lot to do with it.

    I just wish he wasn't so damn litigious. But I guess he's got a right.
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    @mister hex yeah... watching Dreams With Sharp Teeth is what prompted me to revive this thread and solicit whitechapel's opinions and recommendations on Harlan. It was more or less my new introduction to the man, having always heard of but never read. I'm working through The Beast Who Shouted Love at the Heart of the World right now at the pace of 2 stories a day. Loving it. I definitely identify with KitsuneCaligari saying:

    ... the connection of the Author to the Work, that the foundation of everything he stood for, and still stands for, is apparent in his writings...
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2010 edited
    • CommentAuthortobot
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2010
    i must make more of an effort to meet mr ellison, i can heartily recommend dangerous visions and would like ot add that my absolute favorite of his short stories' is 'i have no mouth and i must scream'

    he has a no-nonsense, balls to the wind attitude that i can relate to and i guess it's a similar reason why i enjoy warrens work.
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    the albums Jeffty is Five and Harlan Ellison reads harlan Ellison can be downloaded via here
    • CommentAuthorAsshattery
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2010
    No one has mentioned <em>Shatterday</em>, which is the only Ellison I own, and I'm wondering if no one has mentioned it because it's a lesser-known collection, or these are simply not some of his better stories. As great as I think they are (and I do), it would be hard to understand if these were not among his better work. Looks like I need to head up to my favorite local bookseller and find/request some more. Thanks for the recommendations.
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2010
    Please someone get his venison chili recipe. He's a wonderful man.
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    @Asshattery - Shatterday is on the ...Reads Harlan Ellison album linked above ^^
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    This was too weird...

    Why I was watching the latest iteration of Scooby Doo? While channel surfing past Cartoon Network tonight, I hear Velma say that Harlan Ellison is her favorite author. At that point I had to watch the whole episode, which featured Harlan as a character derived from a mid-70s book jacket photo (plus there was an HP Lovecraft impersonator). I mean it was still a crappy Scooby Doo episode, a show I've loathed since it debuted (yes, I'm that old), but... Harlan Ellison! Couldn't read the credits, so I don't know if he played himself, but it sounded like him.

    I applaud the strange pop cultural warp this created.
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2010 edited
    Indeed, Harlan played himself in that Scooby episode.

    The episode was written by Adam Beechen, who's currently scripting some books for DC.

    Everyone of us probably has that ONE BOOK that got us through high school. Mine was DEATHBIRD STORIES. My autographed copy was destroyed in a basement flood (along with my Warren-signed copy of CLV).
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    from Dangerous Minds:


    Last November, Cinefamily held an event called “The Glass Teat” with writer/raconteur Harlan Ellison. The evening was such a success that they’re doing a second installment this Thursday:

    One of America’s most prolific and dangerous writers, Harlan Ellison radicalized science fiction from the 1960s onwards with swirling, shouting, freaky, psychedelic and sexual visions realized across over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays and essays. That would be enough for most — but Ellison is also one of the great TV writers, responsible for iconic episodes of The Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, to penning the most popular episode of the original Star Trek, and much, much more. And, somewhere in there, he even found the time to write “The Glass Teat”, a seminal work still considered one of the most important and scathing books ever written on the nature of television. Join guest moderator Josh Olson (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of A History of Violence) for a very special evening, as Harlan makes a very rare and highly spirited personal appearance at Cinefamily to discuss his love/hate relationship with TV, followed by a screening of several of his best episodes!

    Get tickets here.

    Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036

    If you aren’t in Los Angeles, fret not, for you can tune it to a live webscast of the entire event on the Cinefamily blog at 8PM (PST) on Thursday, January 19th.
    • CommentAuthorMbast1
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2012
    He's one of those people who make you want to ignore the "never meet your idols" rule. The man has lived an interesting, amazing life. His non-fiction is as important to me as his fiction, and he lives the courage of his words. He's one of a handful of people whose work I want all of, even though I wouldn't expect to like/agree with everything, I want to read it just to hear what he has to say.
    Plus, he has the coolest house ever.
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2012
    The man has what the Polynesian folk call "mana". He has this force of personality that projects out in front of him like a blast wave.
      CommentAuthorIron Imp
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2012
    :::Requesting Input:::

    I really like Harlan Ellison as a personality and really enjoyed I Have No Mouth and Must Scream, both as the story and also the Cyberdream PC game IHNM&MS (he had direct input on writing and voice acted AM)... Also enjoyed the few bits of TV he's written that I've seen... But...

    He has a dauntingly huge bibliography - I thought I might ask for Whitechaplain's recommendations on where to start, rather than just throwing a dart.

    Thanks in advance for any reading suggestions. =)
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2012
    Throw the dart. Seriously, you can't go wrong. The Essential Ellison is a good place to start.
      CommentAuthorIron Imp
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012 edited

    Start there I have and am pleased to report no disappointment. The smorgasbord approach to collected short stories is delightful. I'm fond of this collection format to begin with, familiar with similarly constructed bundled works of authors like H.P. Lovecraft or J.G. Ballard, but while often no less weird, I find Ellison's work more immediately accessible than the other two aforementioned authors (love them though I do).

    Reading the Essential Ellison (so far as I've delved), two positive truths occur to me: 1) Harlan doesn't waste a single fucking minute of your time, but also expects you to bring your own brain. 2) Harlan is a fascinating subject of consideration as a man (beyond his acumen as a writer). I think I'll follow Warren's suggestion towards Glass Teat once I work through EE, as time permits.

    I wish I had more to give back on the subject, but all I got is a link to the Cyberdreams I.H.N.M.&I.M.S. featuring some great H.E. voice acting (as I mentioned in my first post on this thread):