When Harlan Ellison invites you to Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop you…well, honestly, you would seriously question that invitation.
But you’d miss out on one of the more entertaining book signings around. The L.A. Times’ David L. Ulin reports today on a two-stage signing that notorious author Harlan Ellison held at Sweeney Todd’s in Hollywood on July 16th for the upcoming re-release of two of his early street gang stories “Pulling a Train” and “Getting in the Wind.” While he got his hair cut, the 79 year-old author essentially shot the shit with reporters and fans, then headed over to La Luz De Jesus Gallery and Soap Plant to finish the signing. Also at one point he pulled out a switchblade because Harlan Ellison.
Check out the full account at the Times story linked above. And check out tons of great photos taken by Lee Joseph at the event over on the Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop Facebook page.