I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is a scary story written by Harlan Ellison. It’s about a world that’s messed up after a big disaster. People are suffering, and there’s a supercomputer that’s making their lives even worse. This story was first published in a magazine in March 1967 and got a special award in 1968. They also put it in a book with other stories by Ellison.

When Ellison was writing this story, he showed the first six pages to a friend named Frederik Pohl. Pohl liked it so much that he paid Ellison to finish it. Ellison finished writing the whole story in just one night in 1966, and he didn’t change anything from the first version.

Later, Pohl looked at the draft and made some small changes to the characters Ted and Benny. Ellison got the idea for the story’s title and some inspiration from a funny picture of a rag doll with no mouth, which his friend William Rotsler wrote a caption for.

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