The Egg of the Glak
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More by Harvey Jacobs
Many readers have enjoyed Harvey Jacobs' stories in Playboy, F&SF, New Worlds, Esquire, Mademoiselle, and other magazines and Year's Best SF anthologies. This collection, representative of his remarkable originality and range, includes eleven stories of broad humor, irony, fantasy, and poignancy. They evoke first love, the high-pressure world of publicity, and Jewish middle-class New York.
In a zany—but always believable—world, two movie stars hole up in a seaside castle to publicize their latest epic, Beowulf... and meet a very real deep-sea monster; a young man breaks out of his emotional shell to seek fame, fortune, and love... dressed in a peanut-shell suit promoting Goobertown; a man discovers all his childhood possessions on sale in an antique shop. The title story is a wild and feathery account of two rivals racing to the frozen North to secure the egg of the world's rarest bird, the fabled Glak.
The Egg of the Glak will satisfy the most demanding critic of the short story, and will remind the rest of us how much fun a good story can be.
About the Author
A Writer without Borders
Harvey Jacobs is the award winning author of seven books, including the novels Side Effects, reviewed by Kirkus Reviews as "A great comic novel ... by one of America's most accomplished authors"; American Goliath, called "the year's best book" by Publishers Weekly, featured in Time Magazine ("An inspired novel"), and a finalist for the World Fantasy Award; The Juror, exploring the flip side of 12 Angry Men; and Summer on a Mountain of Spices, about the heyday of a "Borcht Belt" hotel in the last week of WWII. The Egg of the Glak and Other Stories, his first story collection and still a cult favorite, was followed by My Rose and My Glove, containing stories real and surreal.
Harvey Jacobs has written widely for television, the Earplay Project for radio drama, and helped create and name the Obie Awards for the Village Voice. He was publisher of the counterculture newspaper, East. His short fiction has appeared in a wide spectrum of magazines in the USA and abroad including Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, New Worlds, and many anthologies. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Arts Council CAPS award for drama, a Playboy Fiction Award, and a Writers Guild of America script award.
Harvey passed away in 2017. Friend and author Chet Gottfried wrote this memorial about him, at
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