I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

by Harlan Ellison


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A Grand Master of Science Fiction and the multiple-award-winning author of A Boy and His Dog presents seven stunning stories of speculative fiction.

Hugo Award winner I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is living legend Harlan Ellison’s masterpiece of future warfare. In a post-apocalyptic world, four men and one woman are all that remain of the human race, brought to near extinction by an artificial intelligence. Programmed to wage war on behalf of its creators, the AI became self-aware and turned against all humanity. The five survivors are prisoners, kept alive and subjected to brutal torture by the hateful and sadistic machine in an endless cycle of violence.
Presented here with six more groundbreaking and inventive tales that probe the depths of mortal experience, this collection proves why Ellison has earned the many accolades he’s received and remains one of the most original voices in American literature.
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream also includes “Big Sam Was My Friend,” “Eyes of Dust,” “World of the Myth,” “Lonelyache,” Hugo Award finalist “Delusion for a Dragon Slayer,” and Hugo and Nebula Award finalist “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497643079
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 35,513
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Harlan Ellison (1934–2018), in a career spanning more than fifty years, wrote or edited one hundred fourteen books; more than seventeen hundred stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns; two dozen teleplays; and a dozen motion pictures. He won the Hugo Award eight and a half times (shared once); the Nebula Award three times; the Bram Stoker Award, presented by the Horror Writers Association, five times (including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996); the Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice; the Georges Melies Fantasy Film Award twice; and two Audie Awards (for the best in audio recordings); and he was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by PEN, the international writers’ union. He was presented with the first Living Legend Award by the International Horror Critics at the 1995 World Horror Convention. Ellison is the only author in Hollywood ever to win the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Teleplay (solo work) four times, most recently for “Paladin of the Lost Hour,” his Twilight Zone episode that was Danny Kaye’s final role, in 1987. In 2006, Ellison was awarded the prestigious title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Dreams with Sharp Teeth , the documentary chronicling his life and works, was released on DVD in May 2009. He passed away in 2018 at the age of eighty-four.

Date of Birth:

May 27, 1934

Date of Death:

June 28, 2018

Place of Birth:

Cleveland, OH

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, CA

Table of 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,
Delusion For A Dragon Slayer,
Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes,

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I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
SnarkyKaya More than 1 year ago
Angry, horrible, nightmarish, brooding, and shocking, this short story will pull you out of any lilt you may be feeling and will utterly bury your comfort zone. You will feel as though you have reached the epicenter of hell by the time you finish this story, and that you understand what it means to pray, cry for, and hope bitterly for a death that will never come. Harlan Ellison is a sadistic genius whose vision reminds me of "The Cube" - only his is much, much, much worse and somehow more unfeeling. Buy this now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the best from one of the true masters. The title story is a classic and one of my all time favorites, but it is far from the only noteworthy inclusion. Ellison is so good at capturing moods and emotions that you really feel as though you come to live the stories instead of just reading them. I cannot recommend this enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book (or rather short story) was recommended to me by a friend. It is morbid and grusome, just as it should be, and will haunt you forever. If you have a light stomach take heed if my warning, don't read this!
kanajloRR More than 1 year ago
Ellison's writings combine horror and a deep humanism. I suspect that his own struggles with depression have given his great mind grist for his literary mill. I predict he will still be read in translation when English itself is a dead language. Caveat lector (Let the reader beware): Don't read more than one of his works at a time. You will surely have nightmares.
Savagemalloy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I rarely read fiction, let alone scifi, but it's an interesting diversion recommended by an online athiest.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read this a dozen times over the years. Wow! He has a unique insight into humanity, the future & an extremely imaginative way of putting them together. This is a classic!
CliffBurns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The other tales in the collection pale in comparison when held up alongside the title story. This is one for the ages--Ellison has forged an original, literate offering that stands with the finest short fiction of the 20th century.
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in 1976 and became an immediate fan of Harlan Ellison's work. Shortly after reading the book I attended my first convention, met Mr. Ellison, and had him sign that book. Since that time I think I've read every collection the irascible writer has published. But I recently decided to go back and see read this 'first' collection again to see how it stood the test of time. It stands up well! The title story, about a crazed computer torturing the last five humans on earth is just as powerful now as it was forty years ago. "Eyes of Dust" is one of those stories that has stayed with me a very long time and yet it's rarely discussed or reprinted (and Ellison reprints EVERYthing). "World of the Myth" is one I'd forgotten about, but enjoyed it - probably more now than I did originally as I've come to enjoy dark fantasy/horror more since then. And "Lonely Ache" is a title I remember, but I had forgotten the story. "Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes" is a story you don't forget one you've read it and is the sort of story that really defines Ellison - both as a writer and as an individual (or at least the individual he presents publicly). It really sets a tone that draws the reader in. One thing that I would never have realized as a fifteen year old reading these stories the first time, is how misogynistic the stories (and Ellison) tend to be. Were I to read these for the first time today, I'd still be impressed with the power of prose Ellison wields, but I'd be less inclined to continue to read him because of his views or at least the literary treatment of women he presents. It's hard to separate the man from the writing - especially when that man has tended to be so public and verbose and combative - but if you can, and want to read some tremendous, edgy fiction, then you should check this out. This volume contains the following: 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" "Delusions For A Dragon Slayer" "Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes" Looking for a good book? You should read Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream not only because it's a classic, but it contains some tremendous writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weird little book...strangely easy to read. Warning...material would be rated R if it were a movie, well or at least NC-17, lol.
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Sora_Kuraiika More than 1 year ago
The stories in this book were totally amazing, my favorite being Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes. Truth be told, I was drawn to the titular story because I had read one that was based on it, without knowing that the others exsisted. It was an awesome book that I would definately recommend, but just not if you like to sleep at night.
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