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16137372Another collection of early Ellison. Not really a forgotten book(this edition is just out), but some of his early work published under the name Paul Merchant and a few other pseudonyms.

These stories were all published over a ten year period, mid-fifties to mid-sixties, in men’s magazines of the era. Considered risque at the time, they are rather mild compared to today’s fiction.

But they are Harlan Ellison’s work as a young man trying to put food on the table for his family. And a harbinger of things to come. The collection starts off with one of Mr. Ellison’s fine introductions where he speaks of the collection, how it came to be, and a few other things.

The stories herein:

1: THIS IS JACKIE SPINNING

2: DEAD WIVES DON’T CHEAT(as by John Magus)

3: PRIDE IN THE PROFESSION

4: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A ZILCH WRITER(as by Paul Merchant)

5: GOD BLESS THE UGLY VIRGIN

6: A BLUE NOTE FOR BAYOU BETTY(as by Derry Tiger)

7: GANG GIRL

8: THE GIRL WITH THE HORIZONTAL MIND(as by Price Curtis)

9: AN EPISODE OF SUNBATHERS

10: CARRION FLESH(as by Paul Merchant)

11: THE SILENCE OF INFIDELITY

Worth a look.

For more forgotten books, as always, drop in on Patti Abbott every Friday at her blog, PATTINASE.

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