Angry Candy (Dover Publications, 2016) – BLOOD’S BARGAINS

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BLOOD’S BARGAINs  are books that have sustained cosmetic damage but are still readable. From badly aligned spines and miscut covers to serious bumps, bruises, and scuffs, think of these as books Blood salvaged from the post-apocalyptic wastes in an effort to civilize Vic.

In the first story of the seventeen new works by HARLAN ELLISON in this passionate and astonishing collection, a young man saves an old man’s life as muggers attack in a cemetery. But is this merely a feisty old gentleman visiting the grave of his wife, or is he something much greater, something mysterious and awesome? Perhaps the ornate watch that floats back through the air, the watch stopped at 11:00, holds the secret. If that brief summary seems familiar, it may be because this story, “Paladin of the Lost Hour” is not only an award-winning narrative, it was also the most distinguished episode of CBS-TV’s revival of The Twilight Zone, costarring Glynn Turman and the late Danny Kaye in his last performance. It won for Harlan Ellison his fourth Writers Guild of America award for Most Outstanding Teleplay. (He is the only scenarist ever to win the award for solo work…four times.)

In “Soft Monkey,” winner of the 1988 Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America for Best Short Story, a Manhattan bag lady with a tragic past witnesses a brutal gangland slaying, and is pursued by professional killers through streets and alleys, to a denouement that will make your heart ache and your jaw drop.

In “The Function of Dream Sleep,” a young man feels the chill wind 0f eternal sleep touch him as he wakes suddenly and sees a secret mouth filled with teeth close in his flesh.

What do all seventeen of these remarkable new stories have in common? They are the work of a man whom the Washington Post calls
“One of the great living American short story writers.”

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Cover design by William Stout.

When the one you loved abandoned you, leaving a note filled with accusations you could not answer, you needed a piece of angry candy. When death took another, and you burned to say final words never spoken, again the angry candy. When you peered into the abyss, angry candy would have sustained you. Here is the bittersweet: you are not alone.

Introduction: Arriving at Ellison by Patton Oswalt
Introduction: The Wind Took Your Answer Away
Paladin of the Lost Hour [1986 Hugo Award, Best Novelette; 1986 Locus Poll Award, Best Novelette]
When Auld’s Aquaintance Is Forgot
Broken Glass
On the Slab
Prince Myshkin, and Hold the Relish
The Region Between
Laugh Track
Eidolons [1989 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Story]
Soft Monkey [1988 Edgar Allan Poe Award, Best Short Story; 1988 American Mystery Award, Best Short Story]
With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole [1986 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Story]
The Avenger of Death
Chained to the Fast Lane in the Red Queen’s Race
The Function of Dream Sleep [1989 Locus Poll Award, Best Novelette]

324p, 3rd Edition Trade Paperback. ISBN: 9780486800387.

Additional information

Weight 1.25 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .625 in