On the first of November, Edgeworks Abbey will release a set of new Harlan Ellison books:
None of the Above is Ellison’s 238-page, unproduced screenplay adaptation of Norman Spinrad’s Hugo Award-nominated novel Bug Jack Barron that was to have been directed by Costa-Gavras (Z) for Universal Pictures in the early 1980s. Respected film critic and historian Leonard Maltin has written an insightful introduction with input from Ellison on why the film has never been made.
Rough Beasts assembles seventeen never-before-collected pulp stories from the 1950s, including the Stephen King-lauded “Invulnerable,” which eluded collection despite a prominent mention 30 years ago in Stalking the Nightmare. Every story has been revised by the author specifically for this collection.
Stories include: Invulnerable (1957), Like Father, Like Son (1957), Walk the Ceiling (1957), The Kissing Dead (1956, with Henry Slesar), Across the Silent Days (1958), Star Route (1955), Backlash! (1956), Machine Silent, Machine Yearning (1957), Way of an Assassin (1958), Fool’s Mate (1958), The Untouchable Adolescents (1956), The Little Boy Who Loves Cats (1954), Parasite (1955), Up the Down Escalator (1955), Glug (1958), Hit-Skip (1957), and Why Did Wallace Crack? (1956).
The two-book set is available for pre-order only at HarlanBooks.com. Both books are 7.5″ by 9.25″ paperbacks. Rough Beasts (running 200 pages) will be signed by Ellison.
Any two-book sets ordered through 6 November 2012 may have the signature on Rough Beasts personalized upon request.
The set will sell for $75. Books are expected to begin shipping by mid-November, after Ellison has completed personalizing the pre-orders.