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This follow-up to Ellison’s 1989 Stoker Award-winning book of film (and by extension, cultural) criticism picks up precisely where its predecessor left off: with the 35th installment—dated July 1989—of his column in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and continues through his 50th entry, written for this volume in September 2014. But wait, there’s more: buy now, and at no extra cost, you’ll get three pieces of twenty-first century film criticism bringing the collection bang -up-to-date, as well as a long-lost assessment of Psycho that predates even the 1965 entries in HARLAN ELLISON’S WATCHING; if that’s not value for money, we don’t know what is.
Did I mention the stunning Overton Loyd cover?
The Harlan Ellison’s Watching columns included are:
Installment 35: In Which the Phantasmagorical Pales Before the Joys of the Mimetic
Installment 36: In Which, Darkly and Deliciously, We Travel From Metropolis to Metropolis, Two
Different Cities, Both Ominous
Installment 37: In Which Not Only is No Answer Given, But No One Seems to Know the Question to
Installment 38: In Which, Though Manipulated, We Acknowledge That Which All Men Seek
Installment 39: In Which We Hum a Merry Tune While Waiting for New Horrors, New Horrors
Installment 40: In Which We Scrutinize the Sedulousness to Their Hippocratic Oath of Troglodytic,
Blue, Alien Proctologists
Installment 41: In Which an Extremely Nervous Fool with His Credentials Taped to His Forehead
Tacks Trepidatiously Between Scylla and Charybdis Knowing that Angels and Wise Men Would Fear
Even to Dog-Paddle This Route
Installment 42: In Which It Waddles Like a Duck, Sheds Water Like a Duck, and Goes Steady With
Ducks, But Turns Out to be a Tortoise
Installment 43: In Which We Lament, “There Goes the Neighborhood!”
Installment 44: In Which the Good Ship Coat-Tail-Ride Sinks, Abandoning Hundreds in Treacherous
Installment 45: In Which Tempus Fidgets, Fugits, and Inevitably Omnia Revelats
Installment 46: In Which We Bend So Far Over Backwards To Be Unbiased That You Can See The
Nose Hairs Quiver With Righteousness
Installment 47: In Which Artful Vamping Saves the Publisher $94.98
Installment 48: In Which the Wee Child’s Icons are Demeaned
Installment 49: In Which the Old Man of the Sea Bites the Head off Yet Another Chicken
Installment 50: In Which the Playroom of the Prodigal Gives One Last Gasp
Pre-dating Ellison’s column in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ENDLESSLY WATCHING collects a review of Psycho from a 1960 fanzine, 1974’s “Total Impact: The Terminal Man,” and Ellison’s1966 treatise on terror: “3 Faces of Fear,” making its debut in a non-fiction Ellison collection.
Bridging the nearly two decades between Watching columns are: 2007’s “I Saw Ghost Rider Today at the Galleria,” and 2013’s review of 12 Years a Slave and “Death to All Hollywood Award Shows!”
As an added bonus, we’ve exhumed two unpublished reviews…or, rather, one unpublished review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and an unpublished refusal to review Honey, I Blew Up the Baby.
HARLAN ELLISON’S ENDLESSLY WATCHING is a 198-page, 7.5″ by 9.25″ paperback. ISBN: 9780989525770