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Harlan Ellison Starts His Own YouTube Channel

Author Harlan Ellison has started his own YouTube channel. We’ve embedded his brief introductory video above…

The great science fiction author already has an official site and the Art Deco Dining Pavilion where fans can discuss his work. Ellison has his own dramatic style on camera, so we look forward to seeing what gets posted on the site. Check it out:

Welcome to Ellison Wonderland, the Harlan Ellison Youtube Channel. This is the home of all things Ellisonian. Lectures, TV appearances, mug shots, film clips, and anything else we or Harlan can think of to throw at you on a regular basis. Some of the stuff here has been floating around the interwebs for a while, but a lot of it will be making its first appearance ever here. And who knows? Harlan himself may provide us with some new material from time to time. Keep checking in to find out!

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Richard Matheson Has Died

The great science fiction, fantasy and horror writer Richard Matheson has passed away, ending what one fellow writer called “a supernova lifetime of writing.”

Matheson wrote many books, including: The Shrinking ManWhat Dreams May Come and I Am Legend. Macmillan has a long list of his great books.

Personally, I will never forget reading The Shrinking Man as a teenager, blown away by the cosmic themes explored inside that slender book. Many of his books were turned into classic films, but his novels deserve to be remembered by themselves as well.

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Stephen King: ‘Updating Danse Macabre Might Be a Good Idea’

Novelist Stephen King hosted an Ask Me Anything interview at Reddit.

One reader asked: ”Have you thought about writing a sequel to ‘Danse Macabre’ (for the last 30 years of horror fiction)?” King hinted at an update:

I’ve been asked about a sequel to both DANSE MACABRE and ON WRITING, but I think one book on each subject is enough. Updating DM might be a good idea, though.

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Harlan Ellison To Publish Graphic Novel

Acclaimed science fiction novelist Harlan Ellison and Concrete comic series artist Paul Chadwick will publish Harlan Ellison’s 7 Against Chaos graphic novel.

Ellison described the book: “This is 21 years of work finally come to fruition. It is The Magnificent SevenThe Seven Samurai in space, it is the dream fulfilled.” DC Comics will release the 208-page hardcover graphic novel on July 10.

In a distant future, Earth is in grave danger. The fabric of reality itself in unraveling, leading to catastrophic natural disasters, displaced souls appearing from bygone eras, and sudden, shocking cases of spontaneous combustion. The only hope for Earth’s survival is a force of seven warriors, each with his or her own special abilities. But can this alien group of seven learn to get along in time to find the source of the gathering chaos and save all of reality?

Harlan Ellison to Republish His First Novel with Hard Case Crime

Hard Case Crime will publish a new edition of Web of the City by Harlan Ellison. For the first time in thirty years, fans will be able to find the science fiction author’s first novel in bookstores.

The publisher will release the book in both paperback and eBook format in April 2013. The new edition will feature a pulp style cover created by illustrator Glen Orbik. It will also contain three thematically-linked short stories which Ellison (pictured, via) published through pulp fiction magazines during the 1950′s.

Here’s more from the release: “Written in 1957 while Ellison was enduring Army Ranger basic training in Georgia, Web of the City tells the story of a teenager who sets out to leave the New York City street gang he runs with, putting his family in grave danger.  Ellison wrote the book after going undercover for ten weeks as a member of an actual Brooklyn street gang, the Barons, an experience that also inspired him to write the famous ‘Memo From Purgatory’ episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour starring James Caan (The Godfather) and Walter Koenig (Star Trek).”

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Harlan Ellison to Republish His Juvenile Delinquent Fiction

Harlan Ellison will republish a long out of print collection of pulpy short stories with Kicks Books at the end of the month.

Pulling a Train was originally published in 1959 as Sex Gang, “a brown-paper wrapper collection of his men’s magazine stories” written under the name Paul Merchant. This early “juvenile delinquent fiction” is a quite different than the speculative fiction that built Ellison’s career. Check it out:

For the lively set, prepare to blast into orbit with blade-wielding ferocity as Ellison takes you into a cobblestone wilderness fraught with hate and violence, a street level cosmos where shadowy creatures are hard, and blunt, and malicious, and where hope hangs a shingle that reads, “GET LOST”. In the realm of 1950′s juvenile delinquent fiction, it was Ellison who dragged the unnamed genre from the gentle hands of the social workers into a filthy basement, where he worked it over, with great satisfaction, into an alternate universe of hate and pain. Ellison is the king of JD fiction. Of this, there can be no debate.

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DreamHaven Books to Close Retail Store

DreamHaven books in Minneapolis will close its retail store at the beginning of 2012. Online and mail order sales will continue.

Owner Greg Ketter explained in an email to customers: “It’s been a tough decision but in-store business has all but disappeared. Mail order shouldn’t change too much because of this but there definitely will be changes — different phone number, different hours, more used instead of new books listed — but all in all, things should be pretty much as is. Perhaps even better since I’ll have more time to catalog books that have been piling up here for the past 35 years. There will also be some big sales as I begin to clear some items out of my regular inventory. I’ll still be attending conventions, likely more than I do now.”

DreamHaven has also published a number of books. See those titles here. The great science fiction author Harlan Ellison once wrote about the beloved store: “DreamHaven is a book-seeker’s cave of miracles.” (Via Neil Gaiman)

Harlan Ellison to Sell Birthday Present from Neil Gaiman

TheSandman-BookofDreams_UnabridgedCD_1185501006.jpgNovelist Harlan Ellison is selling off scores of books from his extensive and rare science fiction collection–a three-day sale he called the Great Book Purge. Follow this link to read the book sale brochure.

i09 explored the goodies in a post, pointing out a few special rarities on the list: a first edition script for I, Robot, the script for The Outer Limits episode “Soldier,” and a personalized copy of a gift book from Neil Gaiman (complete with a personalized note).

The brochure includes the text of Gaiman’s dedication in The Sandman: Book of Dreams, a book both edited and inscribed by Gaiman: “For your birthday. 27 May 2002. Dear Harlan–Happy Birthday. Here’s a copy for you of the rarest edition of any book I was involved in–they pulped the print run before it could get to the shelves, after I pointed out that Stephen King wasn’t in here…your pal. Neil Gaiman.”

Best Netflix Streaming Movies for Readers: Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature

netflixlogo.pngThousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.

To help literary minded movie fans with Netflix accounts surf through the overwhelming selection, here are our ten favorite Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature from the “Watch Instantly” section of Netflix. We also made a list of the ten best plays adapted into films that you can watch instantly on Netflix. Add your favorites from the Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature in the comments–we’ll do more lists for other adaptation categories soon.

Starting Out in the Evening: This Brian Morton novel adaptation stars the brilliant Frank Langella

Devil in a Blue Dress: Denzel Washington stars in this smoking adaptation of Walter Mosley‘s novel.

Iris: A critically-acclaimed adaptation of John Bayley‘s memoir about author Iris Murdoch.

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