Deathbird Stories has ratings and reviews. Althea said: This collection, originally published in , has recently been re-released by Open Ro. Deathbird Stories. Harlan Ellison®, Subterranean () , $45 (p) ISBN Deathbird Stories is his most daring collection of dangerous visions, each tale a gem that peels back layers of human emotions to reveal a dark dream inspired.

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This beautiful and agressive style manages to keep even the less successful stories enjoyable. Thompson rated it it was amazing. I was disappointed at the ending.

In stogies to the first story in the book, I very much liked the dirty-old-New York setting here. Quite the accidental love story. Each story is drastically different, and yet, the same in an awkward fashion.

But now that I’m older my decisions about how I spend my time seem to carry more undesired weight. Finally, I just have to point out that in reality, 38 people did not watch Kitty Genovese, the real-life crime victim who inspired “The Whimper of Edathbird Dogs,” be repeatedly stabbed to death and do nothing.

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Jul 25, Nicholas Beck rated it it was amazing. Recent Discussion Comment on Breach: Yes, there are some reprehensible people out there. Like most of Ellison’s work, these stories are aiming for an emotional effect. Each of the stories was well written, but lacked indulging i Writing a review for a book filled with short stories is trying.


I’m really divided on this collection. Like a car wreck you can’t help but rubberneck at as you drive past it, Deathbird left me a little weak in the knees and sometimes, a little sick to my stomach from the emotional wreckage of the characters– and the window they opened into my own psyche. May 29, Keith Stevenson rated it did not like it. Winners are announced in the comments.

Not that this is an issue for me, I never read books in one sitting. It’s actually not that they’re creepy though some are: Want to Read saving…. No, every story in this book is meant to be read this way, not just a story here and there over the years. The way it’s written falls into every stereotype of the animalistic black brute savaging a white woman As dark and violent as it was, I found it weirdly hopeful.

The city has clearly cast off it’s slimy mantle of danger and become the place to be. I do love Ellison’s literary style and writing in general; however, as in most story collections, some of the themes of the individual stories “worked” for me much more so than others. The collection contains some of Ellison’s best stories from earlier collections and is judged by some to be his most consistently high quality collection of short fiction. Jan 29, Joel Abel rated it it was amazing.

This one simply hit me emotionally, and the ending packed a lasting punch.

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I read the book in a single sitting. Firmly set in it’s time. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. May 02, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it Shelves: There are a couple of good stories in here, but the rest is really hard to trudge through. There will always be something better to read, something that will change the way I think or inspire me to do more and do better, instead of just blandly filling my lunch break hour.


It’s profoundly unsettling to watch Ellison weave these dark, revolting tales that broadcast the absolute worst in human character and what’s really hard to swallow is the fact that it’s all just a little too accurate.

If there’s a word to describe these stories, it’s excessive. When it comes to writing a review for a book of short stories published before I was born… it becomes maddening. Because it was the first time I realized books had the power to make parents lose their shit.

Deathbird Stories: This 35 year-old collection has aged well

She takes it pretty much for granted. Ellison precedes Gaiman’s American Gods concept deathbire 30 years or so, creating new gods based on what we as a society worship.

Feb 22, Jamie rated it really liked it.