Reviews of Deathbird Stories (1975)
Review by clong (2006-04-25)
Another fine collection from Harlan Ellison. None of these stories would rank among my all-time favorites, but many of them were very good. And even the few that didn't really work for me, still left me impressed by their ambition and Ellison's fecund imagination.
My favorites from the collection were "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs," a re-imagining of dark reality behind the infamous Kitty Genovese murder; "Basilisk," a story of a disgraced young veteran who returns from Vietnam with a dark secret to face hostility in his home town; "Bleeding Stones," in which gargoyles come to life to spread havoc; "Rock God," which tells of the origins of Stonehenge; and the eponymous "The Deathbird," a re-interpretation of the Genesis story that varies substantially from the biblical cosmology.