PRE-ORDER: Honorable Whoredom at a Penny a Word (2021 Edgeworks Abbey Archive Trade Hardcover)


NOTE: This is a pre-order item. This book—and any items purchased in the same order—will ship when this book is published. We are estimating a publication date of late-May 2021, but hope to have the books in hand earlier. The depicted cover art is a placeholder. 27 MAY 2021 UPDATE: This title is being proofed, and we’re hoping to have it in-hand for shipping in July.

Five years in the making, the Edgeworks Abbey Archive represents Harlan Ellison’s last word on his written legacy. Researched and edited by Ellison’s long-time associate, Jason Davis, under the supervision of Harlan and Susan Ellison, this collection assembles the preferred texts of each story and essay along with previously uncollected and unpublished material to create the definitive edition.

Previously issued as an oversized trade paperback in 2013, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD has been completely re-set for its reissue as part of the Edgeworks Abbey Archive collection.

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Edited by Jason Davis, director of the Harlan Ellison Books Preservation Project.

Cover TBD.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction to Burn My Killers (incorporating Naked Deranged Psycho Thrill-Demon or, Bitch-Slut Gun-Crazy Homicidal Rat)
  • Burn My Killers!
  • The Golden Virgin (starring Jerry Killian)
  • Thrill Kill
  • Riff
  • Scum Town (starring Jerry Killian)
  • Kill Joy
  • Girl at Gunpoint
  • Can Opener (starring Big John Novak)
  • Knife/Death
  • They Killed My Kid! (starring Jerry Killian)
  • Final Movement
  • The Honor in the Dying
  • Mac’s Girl
  • The Honor in the Dying (first draft)

NEW Edgeworks Abbey Archive Content:

Is a Purveyor of Literary Whoredom a Publishing Pimp? by Jason Davis
An expanded version of the original introductory essay.

The previously unpublished first draft, which features a different narrator than the final story.

In Small Packages
The previously unpublished and abandoned first draft of “Find One Cuckaboo,” which was originally written to star Big John Novak and featured references to “Can Opener.”

6″ x 9″ Trade Hardcover, approx. 240p. ISBN: 978-1-946542-42-7.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6.5 × 9.25 × 1 in