PRE-ORDER: Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled (Edgeworks Abbey Archive, 2020) – Trade Paperback

$22.00

NOTE: A hardcover edition is planned, but has been delayed. Caveat emptor!

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 mid-December 2020. Please note that the cover design and page count are still in flux.

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Ellison, this collection assembles the preferred texts of each story and essay along with previously uncollected and unpublished material to create the definitive edition.

History will surely agree that America’s most destructive contribution to 20th Century living has been that damaged product called plastic romance. It twists and savages us. After a lifetime of lies about what love is supposed to be, are you finally angry and depressed enough to be part of a “recall” on that shabby, mildewed merchandise? If so, join the remarkable Harlan Ellison as he dissects the soul and body of love in Our Time. In 15 scalpel-sharp stories that range from the legalized whorehouses of Nevada to the deadly streets of New York City, from the abortion mills of Tijuana to the sound stages of Hollywood, the writer whom Oui magazine charmingly named “the perpetually angry young punk of the bizarre” rips the Saran-Wrap off love and hate and sin and twittering passion…to disclose the raw meat beneath. He presents a world of hearts&flowers guaranteed to revise your thinking about where love is found and how it looks.

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Description

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

Cover TBD.

The complete table of contents of the 1997 EDEGWORKS, Volume 4 version of LOVE AIN’T NOTHING BUT SEX MISSPELLED, including later revisions by the author.

  • Introduction: Having an Affair with a Troll
  • The Resurgence of Miss Ankle-Strap Wedgie
  • The Universe of Robert Blake
  • G.B.K. — A Many-Flavored Bird
  • Neither Your Jenny Nor Mine
  • Riding the Dark Train Out
  • Moonlighting [teleplay for Scene of the Crime]
  • What I Did on My Vacation this Summer, By Little Bobby Hirschhorn, Age 27
  • Mona at Her Windows
  • Blind Bird, Blind Bird, Go Away from Me!
  • Passport
  • I Curse the Lesson and Bless the Knowledge
  • Battle without Banners
  • A Path Through the Darkness
  • A Prayer for No One’s Enemy
  • Punky & the Yale Men

NEW Edgeworks Abbey Archive Content:

Subjective, Embarrassing, and Libelous by Jason Davis
An original essay detailing the history (and lengthy pre-history) of Ellison’s tenth short story collection, and its widely varying tables of contents.

Trident Press Author’s Questionnaire (previously unpublished)
The original publisher asked Ellison to fill in an eight-page survey gathering information on both author and Book for marketing purposes. Harlan did the survey…and some of his answers made the thing worth publishing.

Preface: Some Straight Talk from Uncle Harlan (previously unpublished)
Ellison’s 1963 introduction to the first incarnation of LOVE AIN’T NOTHING BUT SEX MISSPELLED–his resume for writing the book.

Preface: Motherhood, Apple Pie & the American Way
Ellison’s 1968 introduction to the Trident Press edition of LOVE AIN’T NOTHING…, written at the editor’s behest, and omitted from all editions following the 1976 Pyramid reissue.

The Music of Our Affair
A 1962 Ellison short story originally intended for LOVE (and mentioned in the ’63 preface), that was dropped from the ’68 table of contents and never restored to its proper home. Having previously been collected in AGAIN, HONORABLE WHOREDOM AT A PENNY A WORD (2014), it appears here with its author’s note for the first time.

The Sin Against Valerie Lone (previously unpublished)
Ellison’s treatment for The Chrysler Theatre which eventually became “The Resurgence of Miss Ankle-Strap Wedgie.”

Two treatments for My Name Is Adam (previously unpublished)
Written for a television series that never that never made it to series, these outlines became the basis for “Riding the Dark Train Out” and “A Prayer for No One’s Enemy.”

Moonlighting (previously unpublished)
The 20 October 1984 treatment from which the Scene of the Crime teleplay (see above) was developed.

THE RED VELVET GHETTO
A recently rediscovered novel pitch found in the files of LOVE’s original editor.

Dealing with the Lot of Y’all, Part One
The introduction to EDGEWORKS, Volume 4. Part Two, destined for Volume 5, was never written.

7.5″ x 9.25″ Trade Paperback, approx. 336p. ISBN: 978-1-946542-71-7.

Additional information

Weight 1.7 lbs
Dimensions 7.5 × 9.25 × 1.25 in