DEATHBIRD STORIES

A Pantheon of Modern Gods
A Grimoire for Our Times

1975

“When belief in a god dies…the god dies. When the last acolyte renounces his faith and his lost continent sinks beneath the waves, the gods he feared become mere mist and memory. Then new lands and new beliefs hold sway. And new, powerful gods rule the world. These are stories of the gods we worship today. The grimoires and NECRONOMICONs of the gods of the freeway, of the ghetto blacks, of the coaxial cable; the paingod and the rock god and the god of neon…gods that live in city streets and slot machines. The God of Smog and the God of Freudian Guilt. The Machine God. Know them here, know them now…they rule the nights through which we move. They control your destiny.”

Harper & Row, 1975.
Cover art by Leo & Diane Dillon.

Dell, 1976.
Cover art by Leo & Diane Dillon.

Bluejay Books, 1984.
Cover art by Barclay Shaw.

Easton Press, 1990.
Art by Jill Bauman.

Contents

  • Introduction: Oblations at Alien Altars
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • On the Downhill Side
  • O Ye of Little Faith
  • Neon
  • Basilisk
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  • Corpse
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
  • The Face of Helene Bournouw
  • Bleeding Stones
  • At the Mouse Circus
  • The Place with No Name
  • Paingod
  • Ernest and the Machine God
  • Rock God
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W
  • The Deathbird

Hardcover, 334p.
Original cover price:$8.95.

Contents

  • Introduction: Oblations at Alien Altars
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • On the Downhill Side
  • O Ye of Little Faith
  • Neon
  • Basilisk
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  • Corpse
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
  • The Face of Helene Bournouw
  • Bleeding Stones
  • At the Mouse Circus
  • The Place with No Name
  • Paingod
  • Ernest and the Machine God
  • Rock God
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W
  • The Deathbird

Mass Market Paperback, 346p.
Original cover price: $1.75.

Contents

  • Introduction: Oblations at Alien Altars
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • On the Downhill Side
  • O Ye of Little Faith
  • Neon
  • Basilisk
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  • Corpse
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
  • The Face of Helene Bournouw
  • Bleeding Stones
  • At the Mouse Circus
  • The Place with No Name
  • Paingod
  • Ernest and the Machine God
  • Rock God
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W
  • The Deathbird

Trade Paperback, 297p.
ISBN: .
Original cover price: $5.98.

Contents

  • Introduction by Terry Dowling
  • Introduction: Oblations at Alien Altars
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • On the Downhill Side
  • O Ye of Little Faith
  • Neon
  • Basilisk
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  • Corpse
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
  • The Face of Helene Bournouw
  • Bleeding Stones
  • At the Mouse Circus
  • The Place with No Name
  • Paingod
  • Ernest and the Machine God
  • Rock God
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W
  • The Deathbird

Hardcover, 345p.
ISBN: .
Original cover price: $40.

Collier / Macmillan, 1990.
Cover art by Jim Burns.

DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH
Quality Paperback Book Club, 1991.
Cover art by Sam Raffa.

SFBC, 2005.
Cover art by Bruce Jensen.

Subterranean Press, 2011.
Cover art by Tom Kidd.

Contents

  • Introduction: Oblations at Alien Altars
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • On the Downhill Side
  • O Ye of Little Faith
  • Neon
  • Basilisk
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  • Corpse
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
  • The Face of Helene Bournouw
  • Bleeding Stones
  • At the Mouse Circus
  • The Place with No Name
  • Paingod
  • Ernest and the Machine God
  • Rock God
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W
  • The Deathbird

Trade Paperback, 295p.
ISBN: 002028361X.
Original cover price: $4.95.

Contents

  • Introduction to DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH: Tossing a Brick Through Franz Kafka’s Window
  • Special Note to the Omnibus Edition
  • Introduction to I HAVE NO MOUTH & I MUST SCREAM: Echoes of Screams, 1983
  • Introduction to I HAVE NO MOUTH & I MUST SCREAM: The Mover, the Shaker by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Foreword to I HAVE NO MOUTH & I MUST SCREAM: How Science Fiction Saved Me from a Life of Crime
  • Story Note: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
  • Memoir: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
  • Story Note: Big Sam Was My Friend
  • Big Sam Was My Friend
  • Story Note: As Another Sees Us
  • As Another Sees Us
  • Story Note: A Friend to Man
  • A Friend to Man
  • Story Note: Eyes of Dust
  • Eyes of Dust
  • Story Note: The Sky Is Burning
  • The Sky Is Burning
  • Story Note: Lonelyache
  • Lonelyache
  • Introduction to DEATHBIRD STORIES: Oblations at Alien Altars
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • On the Downhill Side
  • O Ye of Little Faith
  • Neon
  • Basilisk
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  • Corpse
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
  • The Face of Helene Bournouw
  • Bleeding Stones
  • At the Mouse Circus
  • The Place with No Name
  • Paingod
  • Ernest and the Machine God
  • Rock God
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W
  • The Deathbird
  • Introduction to SHATTERDAY: Mortal Dreads
  • Story Note: Jeffty Is Five
  • Jeffty Is Five
  • Story Note: How’s the Night Life on Cissalda?
  • How’s the Night Life on Cissalda?
  • Story Note: Flop Sweat
  • Flop Sweat
  • Story Note: Would You Do It for a Penny? Would You Do It for a Penny? (written with Haskell Barkin)
  • Story Note: The Man Who Was Heavily into Revenge
  • The Man Who Was Heavily into Revenge
  • Story Note: Shoppe Keeper
  • Shoppe Keeper
  • Story Note: All the Lies That Are My Life
  • All the Lies That Are My Life
  • Story Note: Django
  • Django
  • Story Note: Count the Clock That Tells the Time
  • Count the Clock That Tells the Time
  • Story Note: In the Fourth Year of the War
  • In the Fourth Year of the War
  • Story Note: Alive and Well and on a Friendless Voyage
  • Alive and Well and on a Friendless Voyage
  • Story Note: All the Birds Come Home to Roost
  • All the Birds Come Home to Roost
  • Story Note: Opium
  • Opium
  • Story Note: The Other Eye of Polyphemus
  • The Other Eye of Polyphemus
  • Story Note: The Executioner of the Malformed Children
  • The Executioner of the Malformed Children
  • Story Note: Shatterday
  • Shatterday

Trade Paperback, 1017p.
ISBN: N/A.
Original cover price: $12.95.

Contents

  • Introduction: Oblations at Alien Altars
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • On the Downhill Side
  • O Ye of Little Faith
  • Neon
  • Basilisk
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  • Corpse
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
  • The Face of Helene Bournouw
  • Bleeding Stones
  • At the Mouse Circus
  • The Place with No Name
  • Paingod
  • Ernest and the Machine God
  • Rock God
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W
  • The Deathbird

Hardcover.
ISBN:  0739462288.
Original cover price: ?.

Contents

  • Foreword: Oblations at Alien Altars
  • A Word About Time
  • From A to Z, in the Sarsaparilla Alphabet
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • On the Downhill Side
  • O Ye of Little Faith
  • Scartaris, June 28th
  • Neon
  • Basilisk
  • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  • Corpse
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
  • The Face of Helene Bournouw
  • Bleeding Stones
  • At the Mouse Circus
  • The Place with No Name
  • Paingod
  • Ernest and the Machine God
  • Rock God
  • Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W
  • The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore
  • The Deathbird
  • Afterword: Moving in Mysterious Ways
  • A Word About the Cover Art

Hardcover, 394p.
Limited to 500 copies.
ISBN: 9781596060852.
Original cover price: $45 / $125.