Unca Harlan's Art Deco Dining Pavilion

Discussion of the man and his work.

Welcome to the Art Deco Dining Pavilion! Here's the deal. This is Harlan's little breakfast nook at Webderland. When he's not here, we chat about him and his work. When he is, we act like we're guests in his home. That's about all there is to it. (link to More specific rules) Oh, and since the nook doesn't exactly hold a crowd (and to prevent the less frequent voices from being drowned out), please limit yourself to one post a day unless Harlan asks you a direct question. The Pavilion Annex is available if you're the logorrheic type. Also, we have archives of old posts. RSS Feed

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Jason Davis <ellison.editor@gmail.com>
Burbank, California - Sunday, June 2 2019 11:28:55

The OTHER Paladin of the Lost Hour
Alex: As originally published in UNIVERSE 15 edited by Terry Carr, "Paladin of the Lost Hour" had a different ending. Harlan originally used the same ending in his teleplay (as published in BRAIN MOVIES, Volume 1), but the staff of THE TWILIGHT ZONE convinced him he had the story wrong.

After much backing and forthing, Harlan finally agreed, altering first the script (which had not yet been filmed), and then the short story, for all subsequent publications. Both endings to the short story appear in HARLAN 101, which also includes an early version of "The Deathbird."

- Friday, May 31 2019 19:58:9

The original version of Paladin?
Apparently HE's original version of "Paladin of the Lost Hour" differed from what was broadcast/printed. Is a copy of the original version available?

Jeff R.
Philadelphia, - Thursday, May 30 2019 12:48:29

All the Way Back to 1985...
At the time of the first broadcast, many people were a little disappointed with "Shatterday," and certainly didn't think it represented the 1980s TWILIGHT ZONE at its best. But, what do I know? I haven't seen it since that first night. I really must take another look at it sometime...

Steve Evil
- Tuesday, May 28 2019 14:26:36

He was probably time travelling again. I wouldn't put it past him. . .

Robert Nason <Nightwriterblue82@gmail.com>
Whitestone, NY - Monday, May 27 2019 22:13:6


I celebrated Harlan's birthday today by watching "Shatterday," the first episode of the 1980s TWILIGHT ZONE. I could almost swear that the gray-haired man darting out of the phone booth before Bruce Willis enters it is a cameo by Harlan, except that Harlan's hair was not that gray in 1985. But who knows, maybe he wore a wig. In any event, if Harlan was not physically in the show, his unique personality permeated every moment of the story. And it made me evaluate my own life yet again, which the greatest Harlan Ellison stories always do.

Janet Gamache
Victoria , BC - Monday, May 27 2019 20:2:48


On Wednesday the first day of February
(2012 13:46:50)
he typed
three lines
and created

Spring again, sir.
And how can it be so?
Unless you have willed it.

Happy Birthday


Robert Lerose <robertler@optonline.net>
Uniondale, NY - Monday, May 27 2019 14:1:29

Photo Caption Correction
Thanks for your kind words, Just Sayin'.
I just sent the reporter another email, pointing out that the date under the photo still needs to be corrected.

Alamogordo, NM - Monday, May 27 2019 10:15:13

You wouldn't have partaken, Unc, but I'll raise a glass to you today all the same.

Just Sayin'
- Monday, May 27 2019 9:43:36

Robert ...

It appears to be correct now, so ... good job!

Hey Cindy ... while we're at it, happy b-day to John Cheever as well.

TEXAS - Monday, May 27 2019 6:43:7

Happy Birthday.

You are MISSED and BELOVED. We pray for your Susan and send her kind and loving thoughts.

You will NEVER be forgotten.

Robert Lerose <robertler@optonline.net>
Uniondale, NY - Monday, May 27 2019 5:6:19

Error in Posted Article
An article posted on the link below reports that Harlan died on May 29, two days after his birthday. I just sent the reporter an email, informing him of the June 28 date listed on the HE website.


Jason Davis <ellison.editor@gmail.com>
Burbank, CA - Sunday, May 26 2019 18:29:44

Alan Smithee
Gil Cates, then-president of the Directors Guild of America, directed "Paladin of the Lost Hour." According to Harlan's commentary on the DVD, the resulting footage was a mess that took HE and the producers considerable time to salvage. Cates invoked the DGA pseudonym Alan Smithee in response to having his work recut.

- Saturday, May 25 2019 20:47:17

Can anyone reveal the deets of why HE's "Paladin" story on the "Twilight Zone" was directed by Alan Smithee?

- Saturday, May 25 2019 20:47:12

Can anyone reveal the deets of why HE's "Paladin" story on the "Twilight Zone" was directed by Alan Smithee?

That Guy
- Saturday, May 25 2019 17:54:22

"check local listings ..."

For those who have METV, it is bringing back the 80's Twilight Zone starting Monday. Perhaps ironically, the first episode is _Shatterday_, on the first of Harlan's birthdays he isn't around for (at least in some time zones).

Kenneth Stevens <stevens.kenneth@gmail.com>
Knoxville, Tennessee - Saturday, May 25 2019 16:47:45

Who would have thought that teaching a monkey to smoke would be so hard? But I do take comfort in computer scientist Sebastian Good's sage, if ungrammatical observation: "The first step in solving any problem is to dramatically underestimate its difficultly."

I just wish that disposable lighters weren't all child-resistant these days. Prospero can't work the damned things properly, and he's costing me a fortune in lost Zippos.

- Saturday, May 25 2019 11:8:15

When they steal your identity, they only take the good parts.

Tony Rabig
Parsons, KS - Friday, May 24 2019 9:46:9

Raccoons & identity theft
Maybe you'll find this amusing. I fell for something like that back in '82 or '83. Got a call from someone claiming to be with our Visa card issuer and she said that someone had tried to charge about $500 to our account buying theater tickets. She had my name, phone, and if memory serves the credit card number in question. I said absolutely no on the charge, and she said that since the number appeared to have been compromised she could cancel it, issue a new card, and I'd have it in about a week. Cool, says I.

That new card never arrived -- it went on a three or four state shopping spree during that week it was supposed to be headed my way.

The Visa people were pretty good about cleaning up the mess, though, and the next new card came out asap.

And bests to all.

Steve Evil <evening_tsar@hotmail.com>
Hammertown, - Thursday, May 23 2019 15:4:6

Trash Pandas

Kenneth Stevens <stevens.kenneth@gmail.com>
Knoxville, Tennessee - Wednesday, May 22 2019 12:47:25

Raccons Discover Identity Theft

"Hi, this is Cindy with BB&T. We wanted to let you know there was a suspicious charge on your account for seven hundred pounds of crawfish."

Steve Evil <evening_tsar@hotmail.com>
Hammertown, Ontario - Tuesday, May 21 2019 10:39:56

Susan in article
I read that article. Deeply touching, very sad. I hope Susan may take some comfort and find peace.

Nice pictures. . .

-Steve E.

- Sunday, May 19 2019 5:32:5

Oops! once again,,,


Beautiful Northridge, CA - Sunday, May 19 2019 5:30:25

Prize-winning essay on Leo and Diane Dillon books

"Collecting the Dillons: Six Decades of Unparalleled Illustration" by Jessica Jordan


A great read illustrated with photos from the winner's collection. I printed it out in color and put it in my files.

Beautiful Northridge, CA - Friday, May 17 2019 21:50:37

Susan Ellison quoted in article
“I thought he’d go kicking and screaming, but he died quietly. And I thought I’d be a lot more prepared,” she continued. Instead, she said, “I essentially shut down. He gave me a terrific life and he loved me completely. But I gave my life to him and now I don’t know who I am anymore. I have to find out.”


Steve Evil <evening_tsar@hotmail.com>
- Friday, May 17 2019 19:42:4

Once again, thanks for your eloquent and thoughtful contribution.


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