The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World

It crouches near the center of creation There is no night where it waits Only the riddle of which terrible dream will set it loose It beheaded mercy to take possession of that place It feasts on darkness from the minds of men No one has ever seen its eyeless face When it sleeps we know a few moments of peace But when it breathes again we go down in fire and mate wi It crouches near the center of creation There is no night where it waits Only the riddle of which terrible dream will set it loose It beheaded mercy to take possession of that place It feasts on darkness from the minds of men No one has ever seen its eyeless face When it sleeps we know a few moments of peace But when it breathes again we go down in fire and mate with jackals It knows our fear It has our number It waited for our coming and it will abide long after we have become congealed smoke It has never heard music, and shows its fangs when we panic It is the beast of our savage past, hungering today, and waiting patiently for the mortal meal of all our golden tomorrows It lies waiting Harlan Ellison 15 stories by Harlan Ellison
The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World It crouches near the center of creation There is no night where it waits Only the riddle of which terrible dream will set it loose It beheaded mercy to take possession of that place It feasts on darkn

  • Title: The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
  • Author: Harlan Ellison
  • ISBN: 9780312940270
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World is a collection of short stories by Harlan Ellison. I mostly picked it up to read A Boy and His Dog, to experience the post-apocalyptic story as it was originally intended and to see if this version was as rapey as the movie starring Don Johnson. Here are my thoughts on some of the stories contained within.The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World: I have no idea how to summarize this story. I'm not sure what it was actually about [...]

    2. “On the mauve level, crouched down in deeper magenta washings that concealed his arched form, the maniac waited. He was a dragon, squat and round in the torso, tapered ropy tail tucked under his body; the small, thick osseous shields rising perpendicularly from the arched back, running down to the end of the tail, tips pointing upwards; his taloned shorter arms folded across his massive chest. He had the seven-headed dog faces of an ancient Cerberus. Each head watched, waiting, hungry, insane. [...]

    3. Harlan Ellison spends the introduction stressing ad nauseum that he doesn't write science fiction (and especially not sci-fi) but rather speculative fiction. Guess he couldn't speculate a world where the important people weren't dudes. The whole book reeks of Gross Old White Dude. And "it's because of the time period in which it was written" is an awful, awful excuse. He's writing about aliens and shit but he can't write one woman who isn't a screeching mess, kidnapped, raped, evil, or some ungo [...]

    4. A depressingly large amount of old science fiction exhibits something of a misogynistic attitude, but rarely is it as skin-crawlingly blatant as it is here.

    5. This is one of the few books I had to buy multiple copies of because I read it and loaned it so many times it fell apart. Ellison was My Guy, and this was one his best collections. It contains some classic works, like the title story and A Boy and His Dog, and some older works from the 1950's that are the best representatives of the decade, and some works that defy easy pigeon-holing, such as Santa Claus Vs. S.P.I.D.E.R a political examination that's just as telling now as it was when it origina [...]

    6. The BasicsA collection of speculative fiction by the one-and-only Harlan Ellison. Many of the stories here, including the title tale, were award winners. Should make for a strong outing. Does it?My ThoughtsThis was a somewhat strong collection. The title story sets the pace with some very strange, almost impenetrable imagery and Ellison spinning some of his best poetry among prose. “Shattered Like a Glass Goblin” has a good bit of that, too, so if you love the title story (it’s so much eas [...]

    7. This collection by Harlan Ellison, the bad boy of science fiction, is a bit uneven at times. Still, Ellison at his best -- even if his spark plug fires only a fourth of the time -- is awesome. In particular, I loved "A Boy and His Dog," which had been made into a movie. Other stories I liked are the title story, "Along the Scenic Route," and "Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R."The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World held me entranced during a recent vacation in Peru. I expect I'll be rea [...]

    8. This collection is extremely good, Ellison is an epic writer, no doubt. True Science Fiction creative imagination and presentation. Unexpected, thought-provoking stories. Highly recommended. You can't beat Ellison. No aliens appearing to save the day. Sometimes the day isn't saved. One of my favorite Ellison works. Should be read more

    9. My appreciation of Ellison is time specific, in that I read them in the early Seventies, while the country was still spinning from recent events, some of them chemical. I think I can understand why Ellison characterized his stuff as "speculative fiction," rather than science fiction. At the same time, he and his stories came out of American science fiction and show the conventions and devices of science fiction in every paragraph. His stuff appeared to me at the time wild, iconoclastic, far out, [...]

    10. The titular story is one of the best I've read in years; on its own, deserves five stars and fervent worshippers. The second in the collection, "Along The Scenic Route", was good enough to hook me up, reminding me of a good old-fashioned Japanese manga episode. The rest I didn't like much. Ellison is certainly good at prose and has fertile imagination; it's just that his imageries tend to be a bit too disorganized to my liking. When it comes to psychedelic imageries in particular, I think he nee [...]

    11. Good speculative fiction. Ellison certainly has a good imagination. There are some weaker stories but most are quite strong. A Boy and His Dog ends the collection, and is very good. "White on White" is one of the weaker ones, but "Run for the Stars" and "Worlds to Kill" are excellent. "Are You Listening" seems like a very clear riff of "Country of the Kind" by Damon Knight. Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R. his just completely insane but highly entertaining.

    12. Disappointing. These seem to be another selection of Harlan Ellison stories that do not seem to have held up to time. Many of this collection seem dated, misogynistic or just plain mean-spirited. I’ve read some of these stories before (when I was in high school) and remember liking them better then.

    13. Science Fiction, and it includes one of his best known stories, “A Boy and His Dog.” I always meant to see that movie but never did. This collection is extremely good, I’m a fan of Harlan Ellison, no doubt. Nice one.

    14. This book is worth reading for "A Boy and His Dog" alone. However, some of the other stories, especially "Run for the Stars" and "Are You Listening," are unpublishably bad.

    15. Completed:The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the WorldAlong the Scenic RoutePhoenix: Exists mainly for the twistSanta Claus vs SPIDER: ridiculous crazy stuffA Boy & His Dog: Classic post-apoc, probably inspired loads of stuff

    16. Harlan Ellison was the guy I used to read while I was waiting for the next Stephen King book to come out, and I have read this collection at least one other time (in Edgeworks 4, the last of a broken-promised collection of ALL Ellison works in neatly bound volumes). This, as is most of his stuff, is short fiction (some of it longish-short novellas) and much of it is (even though he hates being pegged with this title) science fiction or (maybe he likes this better) speculative fiction. Many of th [...]

    17. Den tredje samlingen jag läst av Harlan Ellison och min åsikt har inte ändrats. Mannen må vara ett ärkepucko om ens en tiondel av allting jag hört är sant, men han har onekligen en stor talang för att skriva. Att han dessutom var en av nyckelfigurerna i New Wave rörelsen (vad han själv än tycker om den termen) är bara en slags bonus. Just denna samling publicerades 1969 och innehåller en Hugo-vinnare (titelnovellen) och en Nebula-vinnare (A Boy and His Dog). Som alltid när det komm [...]

    18. Beautiful. Especially the first and the last; as usual, the original title is better; "Dogfight on 101" is rather better, I think, than "Along the scenic route." But it was incredible, no matter what the title. The last story? "A boy and his dog" has got to be the story Ellison makes the most excuses about. It's what got me into his writing to begin with I would contrast it with McCarthy's "The Road" - both are masterpieces set in a "left behind" post-apocalyptic wasteland, but the protagonists [...]

    19. I read Ellison's collection over the course of a work week, going back and forth between it and a novel. I've always had a love-hate relationship with Harlan Ellison; while some of his work is arguably brilliant, his personality and arrogance is that of a good-for-nothing-you-know-what. It's hard to appreciate someone's work when they themselves are too boastful to see their own flaws.But enough of that. This review is about the short yet very tasty collection The Beast That Shouted Love at the [...]

    20. This was a good week for short stories and I wanted to give non-script-y Ellison a shot. Honestly, I'm don't think of myself as a sci-fi reader, as I'm more into sci-fi in visual media -- hahahaha I just remembered Ellison hates the term "science fiction," sorry dude -- and these are older stories, so a lot of them read less fresh and dewy than they might have when they were originally published. I had a really hard time getting into them at first, maybe for one or both of those reasons.There we [...]

    21. Ellison identifies himself as part of the New Wave of speculative fiction (not "sci-fi"= he *hates* "sci-fi") in the intro to this book. While I don't always understand (or even like) everything Ellison writes, I am fascinated by some of the worlds and events he creates. His talent for description and wordplay is as evident in this collection as in any other. While his style/tone may be somewhat dated, the stories themselves are not as tied to an era as some of Heinlein's or Bradbury's sometimes [...]

    22. Jakob Vala (Graphic Designer): Harlan Ellison is a notorious asshole, but I love his stories all the same. The 1969 collection The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World features his usual disdain-worthy characters. These are self-loathing, desperate men for whom a final moment of awareness is often lethal (for themselves and for others). Like all effective science fiction, Ellison’s writing explores such heavy themes as ethics, humanity, and alienation through bizarre premises and [...]

    23. This is an uneven collection, but uneven in an Ellison kind of way which means every story is a winner in its own special way. There are bits of fluff and bits of hard stuff, bits of nonsense and bits of serious--very serious--stuff. There's even a Spiro Agnew joke.There are quite a few complaints about the portrayal of women in these stories and others of Ellison's. Yes, the women are ridiculous characters who have no real use. This wasn't how women were in the 60s, but this is how they were po [...]

    24. With each collection of stories by Harlan Ellison I read, I become less and less enamored with the man and with the man’s writing. Ellison has a lot to say about the nature of mankind, but the conclusions he implies revolve around hopelessness, violence and greed. There’s a pretty hefty dose of misogyny in all his stories, especially A Boy and His Dog, but that just seems to be a special subset of his general misanthropy. I think it’s me. Because Ellison is unquestionably a great writer an [...]

    25. Some very out of place stories in the collection. A few of these were what I would consider part of Ellison's lesser works. My rating doesn't include "A Boy and His Dog", "Try a Dull Knife" or "Along the Scenic Route", all of which I had already read and enjoyed.The title story ("The Beast That Shouted"), "The Pitll Pawob Division", "The Place With No Name", "Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R." (one of the "out of place" stories, but a great read, none the less) and "Worlds to Kill" are what made me g [...]

    26. THE BEAST THAT SHOUTED LOVE AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD was an excellent collection. The title story won a Hugo. "A Dog and His Boy" won a Nebula (the screenplay based on this story also won a Hugo a few years later). "Shattered Like a Glass Goblin" was nominated for a Nebula (although, oddly, it was one of my least favorite stories). Other strong entries include "Worlds to Kill", "Run for the Stars", and "Asleep: With Still Hands". The collection as a whole is an good showcase of Ellison's range [...]

    27. I want to give this 3.5 stars. Some of the stories were hilarious, many were disturbing, and a few were both. I got stuck for a while on one in the second half, which was long, and dark, and then when I finally went back to it, I was glad because it had a fantastic ending. Many of these stories seem cinematic, in a good way. Ellison does a good job of throwing us into the action pretty quickly, introducing the main character and describing the central conflict early enough to grab the reader (or [...]

    28. Not every story is a masterpiece -- "White on White" doesn't meet the promise of its strong opening paragraph, "Are You Listening" is unsubtle in its moralizing, and "Run for the Stars" lingers too much on the initial pathetic character of the protagonist -- but every story's got some great writing sooner or later, and most are great start to finish. A collection steeped in surrealism, beautifully expressed moral dilemma, and despite all that, hilarity (witness the insanity that is "Santa Claus [...]

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