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Pulling a Train and Getting in the Wind, by Harlan Ellison (under the pseudonym Paul Merchant)

Click here to buy it now at Norton Records, $14.95 each

Authors don't come much more prolific than Harlan Ellison, the master of speculative fiction who's written brilliant short story collections (including 1975 anthology Deathbird Stories), inspired episodes of classic anthology TV shows (like The Outer Limits), and been a lighting rod for outspoken criticism.

Before all of that, though, he wrote under the pen name Paul Merchant and scribed tales of urban ruffians, sexually promiscuous dames, and other street toughs for the 1959 collection Sex Gang. And in Kick Books' new Pulling a Train and Getting in the Wind releases, several of his Sex Gang stories have been reissued, with none of the original pornographic edginess and nihilistic storytelling diminished.

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