By Julie Denice Griffin
“Writers are exorcists of their own demons.” Mario Vargo Lllosa
Writing the words that hit a person at the moment a great tragedy impacts them at the perfect paradigm helps that person to stop performing the exogenisis of the material witchcraft of this evil and examine his heart, at the time of life most warranted. As one life furnished in early poverty – 1934, “In 1970 Ohio in winter near midgnight, certain that I could go back.” After ascending from rags to riches, a kind of Horatio Algier’s story, the famous writer considers a return to his hometown after only some awards to mention, eight and a half Hugo and a number of Nebula and two Edgar Awards for mystery and four other notables for his genre work.
April 24, 1981
The Night of Black Glass – bookstore reviews and Harlan writes “Report Harlequin.” “Your a non-conformist.” “Repent Harlequin, said the Tic Toc man.” “Get stuffed.” “It’s like having a spike driven into your head,” said one reader. Later, another Harlan discusses the good part of the colleges of the 60’s in that kids seemed more passionate about education. Students wanting to push for a better and more positive change for a society hungered for intellect and social progress. “You are entitled to your informed opinion,” states Harlan about responsible students. In short, he supported the process of change for those who performed proper research and presented the truth about a case. Oh, you’re just trying to shock us when you say stuff like that, say some students when Harlan lectures. “You are ignorent,” says one supporter of Harlan when a critical student debates him about Harlan’s response to him. He said, the student agreed by saying, I am ignorent master. And more or less unresearched. However, he rewards the students by reminding them that if they answer the question, “Are you as dumb as a post?” If they even bother to answer the question, how can they be as dumb as a post.
He’s the only one who made it out of his small town and to somewhere successful in New York – The rest, he said ended up married to dull women. But as a child beaten up by bullies almost every day of his life, he appreciates the reward. He said that as a little kid who grew up in an anti-semitic town thirty miles from Cleveland, Ohio. As the shortest kid in third grade, his lips turned back and wearing a band-aid from the most recent attack on him by his adversive and jealous bullies, he wears a cartoon hero on his shirt in the class photograph. Now he inspires other students to want to read and write. Harlon told one writer that he had no choice but to follow the piper and continue to write regularly.
“What was different about Dangerous Visions.” The story was written for the book, and the anthologies had to go somewhere else by offending the establishment. “I really want you to write what you’ve never written before. Just put your stomach on paper.” People are still getting it in highschools and reading it. He had to go on to a third book in the series which has never yet come out. The documentary about the life of writer, Harlan Ellison has led him to write numerous publications for novel entertainment as well as for film such as for just one example of his beautiful science-fiction and combined horror genre, putting it lightly – “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream.”
Ominous. Threatening. Sensuously repelling. “The sigh of the anguish of the voo-doo victim.” Harlan, married to his wife Susan since 1988 moved to his home he named the Lost Aztec Temple and has lived there since 1966. The interesting California home displays a row of gargoyles along the outside edges of the rafter. A haunting architecture only hints of the man’s expansive imagination for writing stories that exploit violence while exuding the ultimate horror of exposing a man for what he really is to himself. He writes the stories that make the young men cringe. He does not drink or use drugs. His large desks filled with manuscripts, he puts file labels of sequential numbers methodically, the numbers so huge a two-year old won’t miss the house sized nineteen and twenty-one. Harlan, labelled by one of his supporters as “This huge piece of performing art,” Borsch and Berkely, according to Williams. He said, more of the writer’s works should be read in schools. The City on The Edge of Forever is one suggested example.
Human. Loving. Tragic. Not sugar coated. Ted Sturgeon comes to live with him at a little over the age of 35 – “Most of what I know about Ted Spurgeon I cannot tell you” – He writes. But he does talk about the set of the movie for one of the books. One young girl only has one middle eye. The furniture used, cracked and from old thrift shops and the clothing from all periods of time. “I knew my film career was over when I saw The Oscar.” “This is the end of my feature film career. I never went back to feature films.” He wrote the film The Rushes for Steve McQueen.
He said that some folks believe they’re entitled to have things they did not pay the price for. He said they should pay for it. He said people should pay for books and music as well. A writer works hard at what they do. He complains at the way movie studios need to treat writers with more respect, and less like chattel. He also believes, and even as Robin Williams backs him up using The Glass Tea as an example of the tragedy of the dope of television over compassion and communication of common man with eachother. “People are stupid because they’ve got the handmaiden of television.” Harlan claims that a director should work with and for the writer with the script. After all, the writer came up with the idea and not the director.
He left Ohio State University after one year and went on to win for starters not long after, the Edgar Allen Poe Award, and six Nebulas. He told the teacher who said he could not write to go and perform hideous obscenities upon himself, and from New York sent him copies of every book and work he ever wrote thereafter. Peter David, the author of Fallen Angel – St. Paul of a Christ he does not believe. He said Aristotle and the others had no more of a way of telling how they got ideas than him. A Babylon 5 MGM request for his writing while wanting to pay nothing winds him up to say that writers should be paid for everything they write. “I sell my soul. But at the highest rates.”
At the 2006 Nebula Grand Master Award from Science Fiction and Science Awards – “I’m a little Jew from Ohio.” But complains about fans who he has to both love and hate. Relationship wise, he believes fans use fandom to hide out from the real world while Harlan confronts the real world. A man who wrote about him for his theological thesis said he has an atheistic message for righteousness. “If there were a God, by now she would have hit me with a bolt of lightning in the ass…don’t you believe in the second coming? I don’t even believe in the…” He goes with Mark Twain in Letters From The Earth, and thanks God for someone that thinks the way that he thinks. He claims that the sports winner thanking God is silly. God did not do it, he said. The man did it. “The universe doesn’t know we’re here.” He said one day the universe will give you the lottery, and the next day cancer.
He said if St. Thomas Acquinas could not figure it out, neither can he. But he speaks of things like Darwinism not as something he laudes either. He simply states the kinds of organizations and science and illogical ministers that are out there. “Do you have a personal relationship with God?” He calls it presumptious and silly and said he eats out with and goes on recreational excursions with God. He said the choices to do good or commit greed and stupidity – “I have very little sympathy for those who do evil things.” He said that those sprouting evil should be hung up and beat. Yet the intensity of the confrontation makes for good literature. It is said that the writing of Harlin, detectable within the first stanza of the written sentence compares to knowing a George Gershwin work after just three notes.
As a spectacled teenager who hugs a skinny dog with kind eyes, his sweet mother did not understand at times his inability to fend for himself against all of the bullies, along with the sadness that surrounds that. He taught himself to read before starting school – “I always knew that I mattered.” He said despite the bullies, that right before he hitchhiked to different living places and held jobs, living in Canada and one other place drove a dynamite truck by the time he returned home at the age of fifteen. A penny a word – At three-thousand words and thirty bucks earned for food, he rented a room for $15 a week. “That’s how I lived. He speaks of his military career as a relationship not destined for success.
Harlan Ellison, Robin Williams, Neil Gaiman, Peter David, Ronald D. Moore, Josh Olsen and Tom Snyder narrate this documentary about famous science and fantasy writer Harlan Ellison. The movie considered a documentary, a biographical documentary about the man’s life – Lasts for a short 96 minutes and a 2008 film non-rated, but give a generic rating of R for language. Erik Nelson directs the film and the interesting story pictures weaved by his cast friends truly illuminate the life a man who although an admirable human who writes the truth about people.
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