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I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream
Harlan Ellison
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Contents
Echoes Of Screams, 1983
Introduction: The Mover, The Shaker
Foreword: How Science Fiction Saved Me From a Life of Crime
I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream
Big Sam Was My Friend
Eyes Of Dust
World of the Myth
Lonelyache
Delusion For A Dragon Slayer
Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
Copyright
Echoes Of Screams, 1983
Virtually every line of this collection of stories has been revised for this new
publication. What I consider to be at least four of my best stories are included in this
volume. Those four needed very little attention, a comma here, a semicolon there. The
introduction and the foreword have not been altered. Ted Sturgeon’s dear words were
very important to me in 1967 when they were shining new and this collection became
the instrument that propelled my work and my career forward. To alter those words,
or to solicit a new introduction by someone else, would be to diminish the gift that
Ted conferred on me. This book has been in print constantly for sixteen years. And I
take no small pleasure and pride in its contents. Only this need be said: I have learned
the difference between “lie” and “lay,” Ted.
I lay the success of these stories in part at the feet of Sturgeon; and that ain’t no lie,
kiddo. HARLAN ELLISON
14 April 1983
Los Angeles
Introduction
The Mover, The Shaker
My report on Harlan Ellison’s Paingod in National Review evoked the following,
from a rightwing gentleman in Pennsylvania:
Harlan Ellison, contrary to the otherwise astute Theodore Sturgeon, is no more a
major “prose stylist” than the editorial writer of the Plumber’s Journal or The New