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Heads Up: A new, expanded hardcover edition of “Deathbird Stories” by Harlan Ellison

I don’t have the new edition Harlan Ellison’s classic, award-winning short-story collection yet — click here to visit the publisher’s site, where you’ll find a small scan of the new cover art by Tom Kidd, a.k.a Gnemo — but I do have the following paperback from 1990, with cover art by Jim Burns:

Here are the details about the new edition as posted in the catalogue on the publisher’s Web site:

Deathbird Stories
by Harlan Ellison
(preorder–to be published in December)

Dust Jacket by Gnemo.

Lettered: $500

Limited: $125
ISBN: 978-1-59606-084-5

Trade: $45
ISBN: 978-1-59606-085-2

Length: 416 pages

Subterranean Press is proud to present the expanded, definitive edition of Harlan Ellison’s landmark collection of stories, in an oversize hardcover edition.


For more than three decades this singular collection of stories in which the New Gods of freeways, and slot machines, internal combustion deities and evil so enormous that it swallows the streets in shadow, for more than thirty years the power of this book has compelled the attention of not only readers of imaginative bent, but the praise of hard-line literary critics. One cannot codify modern literature of the fantastic without including a reference or selection from this dark book of godly and troubling stories that will not be ignored.


Ellison. Harlan Ellison. He wrote this book midway toward the earliest acclaim of a career that now goes into sixty years. He’s still with us. the enfant terrible has become an eminence gris but the tongue remains sharp, the wit unpredictable, the manner still singular. He has outwritten and outlived his caste, and the words in this book carry the fire and truth of his career.

Lettered: 26 deluxe bound hardcovers, housed in a custom traycase

Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, slipcased, bound in leather, with illustrated endsheets by Leo & Diane Dillon

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition

Table of Contents:

* Foreword: Oblations at Alien Altars
* A Word about Time (*)
* From A to Z, in the Sarsaparilla Alphabet (*)
* The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
* Along the Scenic Route
* On the Downhill Side
* O Ye of Little Faith
* Scartaris, June 28th (*)
* Neon
* Basilisk
* The Face of Helene Bournouw
* Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38°54’N, Longitude 77°00’13’’W
* Rock God
* Bleeding Stones
* Ernest and the Machine God
* Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
* Corpse
* Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
* Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
* Paingod
* At the Mouse Circus
* The Place With No Name
* The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore (*)
* The Deathbird
* Afterword: Moving in Mysterious Ways (*)
* A Word About the Cover Art (*)

(*) Exclusive to the Expanded Edition

And here is what I found on the site:

Deathbird Stories [Hardcover]
Harlan Ellison (Author)
Price: CDN$ 45.84

Available for pre-order.

# Hardcover: 416 pages
# Publisher: Subterranean Press (December 2010)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1596060859
# ISBN-13: 978-1596060852

Did you know that Deathbird Stories includes a short tale that was adapted for comics, with art by Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon? The story is “Along the Scenic Route,” and the adaptation first appeared in Ariel: The Book of Fantasy #3 (April 1978) and was reprinted in the more recent collection, Al Williamson Adventures (Insight Studios Group, 2003).

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