Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Special – 1st Edition (Dark Horse, August 1995) – BLOOD’S BARGAINS
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.
Written by Harlan Ellison. Art by Eric Shanower. Cover by Stephen Hickman. The vicious dictator of a future world seeks refuge in the prehistoric past; a fast-gun sheriff refuses to lay up his weapon when his days of power are ended; sharp, small teeth horribly show what can happen to a stoolie; the giant body of a cyclopean Prometheus is uncovered in an apple orchard when lightning strikes; and in the year 2074, a consumer upgrades his mutant housebeast for this year’s model. These are a few of the things Harlan Ellison dreams about; these are a few of the things that will chew on your soul. Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor sets a new standard for anthology comics, and would you expect anything less from a comic that boasts Harlan’s name on the cover? He’s written more than 60 books and over 1,700 short stories, essays, non-fiction articles, columns, film and television scripts, which have won him more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author (8 1/2 Hugos, 3 Nebulas, 2 Edgar Allan Poe awards of the Mystery Writers of America, 3 Bram Stoker awards of the Horror Writers of America, 2 World Fantasy Awards, the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, and 4 Most Outstanding Teleplay Awards from the Hollywood Writers Guild of America… and he’s the only writer ever to win four for solo work). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg… or the snout of the beast! Every week Harlan appears on the Sci-Fi Network as the controversial on screen commentator of “Sci-Fi Buzz”; his most recent short novel, Mefisto in Onyx, was bought by MGM for a quarter of a million dollars; Mind Fields, his story-and-art collaboration with Polish surrealist Jacek Yerka, has sold more than 100,000 copies since its release; and he wrote the most famous “Star Trek” episode, “City on the Edge of Forever.” He is friends with the great Robin Williams and was friends with the late Lenny Bruce. Harlan Ellison has led a hundred impossible lives — from working as a hired gun for a wealthy neurotic, to marching with Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery, to running with a Brooklyn street gang to gather background for a novel — and now his first love, his lifelong connection with comics, takes physical form in a project kept absolutely secret for two long years by Dark Horse and the famous author. Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor won’t merely be published or released… it will escape and run loose like candy-coated lightning.