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VIDEO: Harlan Ellison Reading His Story “Susan”!

Posted in Audio, Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television, Writing with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2014 by ghostradioworld

You think you’ve lived?  You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Harlan Ellison reading one of his stories.  You think you’ve loved?  Listen to this story.  And then get back to us.

Video: Harlan Ellison Talks About Revolution!

Posted in Books, Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2011 by ghostradioworld

Harlan Ellison is coming back into vogue.  Thanks to the documentary Harlan Ellison:  Dreams with Sharp Teeth and POD re-releases of most of his books.  That’s a good thing.  Harlan is essential.

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STAR TREK Turns 45!

Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by ghostradioworld

Yup, 45 years ago today audiences across the country had their first taste of “Star Trek”.  The episode was “The Man Trap”.    Nope, it wasn’t the first episode made.  But it was the first to air.  Here’s the first words they heard:

Captains Log:  Star date 1513.1.   Our position:  Orbiting the planet M-113.

And the first person they saw sitting in the captain’s chair was not Kirk, but Spock.  Still image of that is above.  The first image of Kirk was a long shot of him materializing via transporter on the planet with McCoy and another crew member.  And the phrase “beam down” is used for the first time.   Shatner doesn’t get his first close-up (below) until over two minutes into the episode.

And so began the show that wouldn’t die.  The show Variety said “won’t work”.  Well, work it did.  After an initial three years on NBC, where it got low ratings but critical acclaim, the show found its real popularity in syndication.  This popularity led to 11 movies (with a 12th on the way), four spin-off series, and an animated series.  Not to mention countless toys, games, and endless parodies, jokes and so on.

It introduced many of us to Science Fiction.  And to writers like Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, Norman Spinrad, and Theodore Sturgeon.  All accomplished writers who contributed episodes to the series.  It also introduced us to many scientific, political, social and historical concepts.  Yup, it thrilled us with action and adventure.  But it also captivated our thoughts and imaginations.   “Star Trek” was a show that has a big reputation.  And deserves it.  Happy 45th Birthday, Star Trek.  And here’s to another 45!

Harlan Ellison’s “OSCAR” Memories!

Posted in Books, Comics, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by ghostradioworld

This clip, from the fantastic documentary “Dreams With Sharp Teeth“, outlines Harlan Ellison‘s experience making The Oscar.  So don’t tell us we don’t offer more interesting Oscar coverage than your average site.  And, if you liked the clip, check out the rest of this documentary.  It’s currently streaming on Netflix.  Well worth your time.


Posted in Books, Countdown to Paper, Ghosts, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Writing with tags , , , , on February 13, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Welcome to Day 1 of the “Ghost Radio: Countdown to Paper” event!  Our celebration of the mass market paperback release of Leopoldo Gout’s hit horror novel Ghost Radio.  Today Leopoldo talks about five authors who inspired him while writing Ghost Radio.  And make sure to read to the bottom of the post for a chance to win some exciting PRIZES!

1.  Richard Matheson.  They should erect statues of Richard Matheson.  He’s just that important.  Even if you don’t know his name, you’re probably already familiar with his work.  He wrote many of the classic episodes of “The Twilight Zones”, and most of his novels have been adapted for screen (often by Matheson himself), creating such classics as The Incredible Shrinking Man, Duel, Omega Man, Somewhere in Time, The Legend of Hell House, and What Dreams May Come.  But you haven’t really experienced Matheson until you’ve read his razor-sharp prose.  He’s that rare thing in fantastic fiction.  A writer who combines great ideas and stellar writing ability.

2. Neil Gaiman.  Gaiman’s literary ability isn’t a matter of debate.  The boy can write.  But his major influence on me was his ability to mix cultures, subculture and mythology in his stories. His work uniquely blends a feeling of street cred with a knowledge of classic forms, while reaching out to a range of cultures and mythologies for material.  And that combination is a constant source of inspiration.

3. Junot Diaz.  Diaz is a noted author in literary circles.  But genre fans aren’t as familiar with his work.  And they should be!  Because laced within his work are numerous references to his love of genre fiction.  This is especially true in his Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.  Other writers are plumbing this material.  But few with the Diaz’s mix of literary skill and respect.

4. Jorge Luis Borges.  One of the first writers to embrace the fantastic and unreal as serious literary subjects, his work remains an important benchmark for writers of genre fiction.  Few of us will reach his heights.  But he charts the course.  For readers unfamiliar with his work, I suggest the collection “Labyrinths” which is good introduction to this great writer and his deep and varied output.

5.  Harlan Ellison.  Ellison is probably most famous for his cantankerous public persona.  And in that context, he’ challenging and entertaining.  But it’s on the page where he really shines.  There he breaks the conventions of structure, appropriate subject matter, and language itself, producing stories that stick with you for a lifetime.  He’s a bold writer, a fearless writer, and an honest writer.  And I turn to him when I seek these things in my work.

Thanks, Leopoldo, now you probably want to head off to the bookstore to pick up some of these great writer’s stuff.  But before you do that read on for a chance to win some exciting PRIZES!


Each day of this event we offer the chance to win prizes.  Every winner will receive autographed copies of both the hardback and paperback editions of Ghost Radio. But they will also receive a special bonus surprise tied to the day’s theme.  This could be additional books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, or maybe something even more exciting.   So what are you waiting for?  Enter today’s contest now.

Here’s all you need to do to enter today’s contest:

Just send an email to,  and put “COUNTDOWN TO PAPER – DAY 1” in the subject line, and “Ghost Radio”  in the body of the email. Or just use the contact form below:

This contest closes on March 13, 2010.  Winners will be chosen at random, and notified the following week.

And don’t forget to check back to tomorrow for another day of this exciting event, and another chance to win PRIZES!

Harlan Ellison Wants a Crack at STAR TREK 2!

Posted in Books, Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television, Writing with tags , , , , on December 11, 2009 by ghostradioworld

The controversial, award winning Science Fiction writer Harlan Ellison wants a crack at penning the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ hit motion picture reboot.

Ellison had this to say on his website:

Yes, I would likely try to steer him toward the original film idea I was asked to pitch, by the late Gene Roddenberry and a production exec whose name I have blissfully flensed from memory (but he had been, if I recall, a hairdresser or clothing designer or ex-boyfriend of someone or other, and he kept trying to press me to include the Mayan Calendar.

Ellison is no stranger to the Star Trek universe.  He wrote an episode for the original series called “The City on the Edge of Forever”.  An episode considered by many not to only be the best episode of Star Trek but one of the best bits of television ever produced.

However, he’s also been both critical of both the series and its fans.  Which forced many on his website to question his desire to get involved in the franchise.  Harlan responded with his usual panache:

What the hell are you guys…nuts? Where’s the ‘downside’ to getting topside the radar of J.J. Abrams? This guy ain’t Roddenberry! He also ain’t the ex-hairdresser with the jones for Mayan calendars! He’s a writer I respect, whose work has frequently blown the lid off my box of surpriseability. But, then, he already KNOWS that. It isn’t as if I’d kept my admiration chained in the darkest cell of the basement of Bedlam.

It’s highly unlikely that Ellison will get the chance at doing anything on the new Star Trek film.  But we’d love to see what he’d do with the it.

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