The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World

Harlan Ellison
science fiction, short stories
The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World - Harlan Ellison

It is wholly inaccurate to categorize what Harlan Ellison writes as "science fiction" even as it is pejorative to call the stories of Edgar Allan Poe "detective fiction" or the novels of A.B. Guthrie "westerns". Poe wrote Poe-stories, Guthrie told Guthrie-stories, and Harlan Ellison's visions are particularly his own. "Fantasies" might be closer, yet no fantasist working today manages to trap the mist of fantasy in the Klein Bottle of contemporary events as well as the author of these fifteen strange and strangely-disturbing stories.

A summary of the wonders in this largest single collection of Mr. Ellison's recent works reads like the itinerary for a trip down a bottomless rabbit hole.

  • The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World won Mr. Ellison his fourth Hugo award at the 1969 World Science Fiction Convention. It is a circular story that begins with a psychopathic killer and ends on the hushed shores of a thought, in the shadow of a sigh.
  • Try a Dull Knife explores the parameters of the terrifying paranoid delusions of a man whose vampirish friends feed on his slow charisma leak.
  • Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R. includes such mind-boggling scenes as the shoot-out that takes place in the men's room of the Camarillo State Mental Hospital between a James Bond Kris Kringle and Ronald Reagan in the form of a 7-headed hydra.
  • The Place With No Name advances the dizzying theory that Christ and Prometheus were homosexual alien lovers.
  • And a major new novella written especially for this volume with the deceptively gentle title A Boy And His Dog.


  • S.R.O.
  • Run for the Stars
  • Are You Listening?
  • Worlds to Kill
  • Pitll Pawob Division, the
  • Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
  • White on White
  • Asleep: With Still Hands
  • Try a Dull Knife
  • The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
  • The Place with No Name
  • Phoenix
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • Along the Scenic Route
  • Santa Clause vs. S.P.I.D.E.R.
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Release date: 1969
Genres: science fiction, short stories
Updated: August 13, 2021
Other books by Harlan Ellison
The Deadly Streets
The Man with Nine Lives
A Touch of Infinity
Children of the Streets
Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation
Ellison Wonderland
Paingod and Other Delusions
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
From the Land of Fear
Doomsman / Telepower
Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled
Over the Edge
Alone Against Tomorrow
All the Sounds of Fear
The Time of the Eye
Approaching Oblivion
No Doors, No Windows
Deathbird Stories
Phoenix Without Ashes
Edgeworks 1
The City on the Edge of Forever
The Illustrated Harlan Ellison
Strange Wine
The Fantasies of Harlan Ellison
Edgeworks 2
Stalking the Nightmare
Mefisto in Onyx
Night and the Enemy
The Essential Ellison: A 35-Year Retrospective
Angry Candy
Dreams with Sharp Teeth
Run for the Stars / Echoes of Thunder
Jokes Without Punchlines
I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay
Edgeworks 3
Edgeworks 4
Slippage: Previously Uncollected, Precariously Poised Stories
The Essential Ellison: A 50-Year Retrospective
The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison
Can & Can'tankerous