THE DEADLY STREETS

stories wrung shrieking from the shadows

1958

These are stories of juvenile delinquents, bopping gangs, switchblade street thugs whose direct lineal descendants roam the nights in every major American city from New York to San Francisco. It’s a book that first saw issue in 1958, when kid gangs ruled the stoops and sidewalks of every urban ghetto. But Ellison has updated the book to match the times: while it’s true the gangs are back in Pittsburgh and Detroit, Washington D.C., and Denver, the author has drawn a shockingly obvious line from the punks of the Fifties to the street criminals of the Seventies. To the 11 stories in the original edition he has added 5 never-before-collected stories to form a package of paralyzing panic that reflects not only where we are today in terms of fear…but where we came from…how we got here…crouched in our little rooms with triple locks on the doors. With a long new essay as introduction, this group of shockers comprise a feast of contemporary violence guaranteed to chill you.

The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison

Ace Books, 1958.

Harlan Ellison Uniform Series #8. Pyramid Books, 1975.
Cover art by Leo & Diane Dillon.

Ace Books, 1983.
Cover art by Barclay Shaw.

Subterranean Press, 2013.
Cover art by Leo & Diane Dillon.

Contents

  • Introduction: Some Sketches of the Damned
  • Story Note: “I’ll Bet You a Death”
  • “I’ll Bet You a Death”
  • Story Note: We Take Care of Our Dead
  • We Take Care of Our Dead
  • Story Note: Johnny Slice’s Stoolie
  • Johnny Slice’s Stoolie
  • Story Note: Joy Ride
  • Joy Ride
  • Story Note: Buy Me That Blade!
  • Buy Me That Blade!
  • Story Note: Kid Killer
  • Kid Killer
  • Story Note: With a Knife in Her Hand
  • With a Knife in Her Hand
  • Story Note: Look Me in the Eye, Boy!
  • Look Me in the Eye, Boy!
  • Story Note: The Dead Shot
  • The Dead Shot
  • Story Note: Made in Heaven
  • Made in Heaven
  • Story Note: Students of the Assassin
  • Students of the Assassin

Mass Market Paperwork. 192p. ISBN: N/A.
Original cover price: 35¢.

Contents

  • 1975 Introduction: Avoiding Dark Places
  • 1958 Introduction: Some Sketches of the Damned
  • Rat Hater
  • “I’ll Bet You a Death”
  • We Take Care of Our Dead
  • The Man with the Golden Tongue
  • Johnny Slice’s Stoolie
  • Joy Ride
  • Buy Me That Blade
  • The Hippie-Slayer
  • Kid Killer
  • With a Knife in Her Hand
  • Sob Story (written with Henry Slesar)
  • Look Me in the Eye, Boy!
  • The Dead Shot
  • Ship-Shape Pay-Off (written with Robert Silverberg)
  • Made in Heaven
  • Students of the Assassin

Mass Market Paperback, 207p. ISBN: 0515039314.
Original cover price: $1.25.

Contents

  • 1975 Introduction: Avoiding Dark Places
  • 1958 Introduction: Some Sketches of the Damned
  • Rat Hater
  • “I’ll Bet You a Death”
  • We Take Care of Our Dead
  • The Man with the Golden Tongue
  • Johnny Slice’s Stoolie
  • Joy Ride
  • Buy Me That Blade
  • The Hippie-Slayer
  • Kid Killer
  • With a Knife in Her Hand
  • Sob Story (written with Henry Slesar)
  • Look Me in the Eye, Boy!
  • The Dead Shot
  • Ship-Shape Pay-Off (written with Robert Silverberg)
  • Made in Heaven
  • Students of the Assassin

Mass Market Paperback, 207p. ISBN: 0441142184.
Original cover price: $2.95.

Contents

  • 1975 Introduction: Avoiding Dark Places
  • 1958 Introduction: Some Sketches of the Damned
  • Rat Hater
  • “I’ll Bet You a Death”
  • We Take Care of Our Dead
  • The Man with the Golden Tongue
  • Johnny Slice’s Stoolie
  • Joy Ride
  • Buy Me That Blade
  • The Hippie-Slayer
  • Kid Killer
  • With a Knife in Her Hand
  • Sob Story (written with Henry Slesar)
  • Look Me in the Eye, Boy!
  • The Dead Shot
  • Ship-Shape Pay-Off (written with Robert Silverberg)
  • Made in Heaven
  • Students of the Assassin

Hardcover, 223p.
ISBN: 9781596065383.
Original cover price: $45.