The 85 Weirdest, Day 82: Harlan Ellison

The 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!

HARLAN ELLISON (1934- ) decked guys in the Army, marched in Selma, had gang-fights with a hanky clenched between his teeth, fights for truth and justice, has never lost a lawsuit, can push his index fingers through a coconut thanks to his decades of typing, and is a friend to all and a protector of young children and animals. Just ask him. Oh, and he’s written, what, like, 2,000 short stories? “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” is pretty good. “Shatterday” and “Jeffty is Five,” too. Try “The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore.” Or “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman.”

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