Friday, September 17, 2021

Review of "Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Special," by Harlan Ellison

 Review of

Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Special, by Harlan Ellison

Five out of five stars

Comic adaptations of Ellison’s work

 Narrated by Harlan Ellison himself, this comic features some of the most bizarre and macabre of Ellison’s short stories. He was known as the bad boy of science fiction, with an irascible personality that he freely acknowledged, Ellison wrote some of the most memorable short stories in the areas of horror and science fiction. His twisted imagination knew few bounds, one wonders where he managed to unearth some of his plots.

 Ellison freely admits that some of these are not what he considers his best stories. Yet, when rendered into the comic form, they pack an emotional punch that will raise and keep your attention. My favorite is “On the Slab,” a modern adaptation of the myth of Prometheus. It is a puzzling story until the giant bird appears. What comes later is a plot twist from a genius.

 As a lifelong fan of science fiction, it is my hope that many other classic short stories will be “translated” into comic form. The work of Harlan Ellison is one of the best places to start.

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