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Blood’s a Rover: The Complete Adventures of a Boy and His Dog (Edgeworks Abbey Archive Trade Paperback, 2021)


Five years in the making, the Edgeworks Abbey Archive represents Harlan Ellison’s last word on his written legacy. Researched and edited by Ellison’s long-time associate, Jason Davis, under the supervision of Harlan and Susan Ellison, this collection assembles the preferred texts of each story and essay along with previously uncollected and unpublished material to create the definitive edition.

Harlan Ellison introduced you to Vic and Blood in 1969’s Nebula Award-winning novella, “A Boy and His Dog.” You thrilled to their on-screen adventures in the 1975 Hugo Award-winning feature film adaptation billed as “a kinky tale of survival.” 1977 and 1980 brought brief reunions in “Eggsucker” and “Run, Spot, Run,” and the promise of another story—and a third solo, Spike, to make the Dystopian Duo a Tribulation Trio—but only audiobooks and comics followed, revisiting the same tales.

Now, nearly fifty years after they first set off across the blasted wasteland, Vic and Blood are back.

Harlan Ellison and his editor, Jason Davis, have painstakingly assembled the whole story of Vic and Blood and Spike from the author’s files, using revised-and-expanded versions of the novella and short stories, interstitial material developed for Richard Corben’s graphic adaptation, and—for the first time—never-before-published material from the aborted 1977 NBC television series Blood’s a Rover to tell the complete story of A Boy and His Dog, and a Girl who is tougher than the other two combined.

And let’s not forget…the wit and wisdom of Blood.

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Edited by Jason Davis, director of the Harlan Ellison Books Preservation Project.

Cover sculpture by Brett Bather.

The complete table of contents of the 2018 Subterranean Press hardcover of BLOOD’S A ROVER:

  • Fifty Years in the Post-Apocalyptic Wastes by Jason Davis (expanded introduction)
  • Eggsucker
  • This Is a Conversation That Took Place on a Wednesday Night
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • Run, Spot, Run
  • Blood’s a Rover [adapted from the 1977 pilot teleplay]
  • The Wit & Wisdom of Blood

NEW Edgeworks Abbey Archive Content:

Over the Hill: Fifty Years in the Post-Apocalyptic Wastes by Jason Davis
An expanded version of the original introductory essay that originally appeared in the Subterranean Press edition, detailing the history of Ellison’s final, long-awaited book.

Richard Corben (previously uncollected)
Ellison’s appreciation of the iconic Vic & Blood artist.

Story Commentary (1981-2003)
Including “Why I Wrote This Story” (previously uncollected), Ellison’s introduction to “Run, Spot, Run” from the July 1981 issue of Amazing;After Vic & Blood, Some Afterthoughts as Afterword,” Ellison’s afterword from VIC & BLOOD: The Chronicles of a Boy and His Dog (NBM, 1989); and “Latest Breaking News: The Kid and the Pooch,” Ellison’s afterword from VIC & BLOOD: The Continuing Adventures of a Boy and His Dog (iBooks, 2003).

6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 228p.
ISBN: 978-1-946542-99-1.
Original Price: $20
Out of Print.

Weight .8 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 × .7 in


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