I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream (Short Story)

What Is It?

The video above is an audiobook version of the 1967 post-apocalyptic science fiction horror short story I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison:

I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream – Harlan Ellison (audiobook)
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream – The End of the Apocalypse – Extra Sci Fi

This is how Wikipedia describes this short story:

In a dystopian future, the Cold War has degenerated into a brutal world war between the United States, the Soviet Union, and China, who have each built an “Allied Mastercomputer” (or AM) to manage their weapons and troops.

One of the AMs eventually acquires self-awareness and, after assimilating the other two AMs, takes control of the conflict, giving way to a vast genocide operation that almost completely ends mankind.

109 years later, AM has left only four men and one woman alive and keeps them in captivity within an endless underground housing complex, the only habitable place left on Earth.

AM derives its sole semblance of pleasure from torturing the group.

To disallow the humans from escaping its torment, AM has rendered the humans virtually immortal and unable to commit suicide.

The machines are each referred to as “AM”, which originally stood for “Allied Mastercomputer”, but was changed to “Adaptive Manipulator” and later (after gaining sentience) “Aggressive Menace”.

It finally refers to itself as purely “AM”, referring to the phrase “I think, therefore I am.”


A Soldier / Guard In Israel Acting Strange?

This dream involved a post-apocalyptic movie-like situation that I was watching, and then I took part in.

The dream possibly took place in Israel in a tourist area that was being guarded by a father & his adult sons, who all had light-color skin, they seemed to be soldiers, maybe Israeli soldiers, whose job was to guard this area & protect tourists.


July 20, 2012 | Dream Journal | A Zombie Surprise

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I remember part of one or two connected dreams, with the first dream or the first part of the dream being a bit realistic & movie-like, and it started in the day; but I can not remember the beginning of the dream.

I remember being with two other men and we walked into an abandoned looking neighborhood/village-like complex in the middle of no-where, it looked like people had left and/or hid in a hurry, like something serious had happened.

This area was near some water & maybe a mountain-like structure, and it felt like we were far away from any city; there were a few houses, small shops, a building complex, and maybe a few other structures that made up this tiny village-like place.

The area was quiet, it was somewhat like being in a post apocalyptic style film, and the two men & I quietly/cautiously explored the outside areas; I am not sure if we saw anything directly to make us so cautious or not, either way something did not seem right to us, and so we were very cautious.

At some point we decided to find a place to camp, and I suggested that we camp somewhere high for safety/security reasons; and so we went to the top of an adobe style house/building.

Being up high allowed us to see the area better and it would be harder for threats to reach us.

I wonder if something big had happened that caused us to leave the city, because we had no automobiles & we had reached the middle of no-where on foot, and we seemed to be in survival mode; but I am not sure what happened at the beginning of the dream.

Right before we set up camp we decided to see if the largest building complex was unlocked, and it was unlocked; and so we quietly entered the building complex.

We were super cautious & quiet and so we only explored a very small area, and we decided to camp inside a room in the building complex; because the electricity & water was still working & there were air conditioners.

The room had several beds, three wall air conditioners side-by-side (oddly), a bathroom, and maybe a tiny kitchen area.

We kept the door locked & we were super quiet & cautious, since we had not searched the area well, and it looked like everyone who had lived in the building complex had left and/or hid in a hurry.

I am not sure if we went to sleep at some point or not, I just remember the second dream or the second part of the dream, and I was still in the building complex.

I am not sure what happened to the two other men, I just remember finding a small corner hall on the first floor that had a group of people on it, and I went to talk with them; but they seemed to be panicked & afraid, but I never was able to get a clear answer about what happened to the village.

I found out/knew/and/or was told/shown that most if not all the people were ghosts, they were mostly people who lived in the building complex/village who had been killed/died recently, and so most of them were still panicked/confused.

I decided to take charge and try to get everyone together to find weapons/supplies, to practice/train various skills, to form security teams to prepare to search the building, et cetera.

I do not think that the ghosts could touch stuff but I am not sure, I remember going into one of the rooms with a ghost & maybe a living person to find weapons/supplies, but then a hand burst through the ceiling trying to grab us; and it was a zombie I guess.

I found a shovel and I started trying to hit the zombie with it, but most of its body was still on the second floor; and the ghost was running around scared.

I yelled for the others to get weapons and prepare for a possible zombie attack, but most of them were ghosts & so they just ran/flew around scared. 😀

Eventually the zombie either went back on the second floor or I killed it, I am not sure, and then I went to try to get the ghosts & the others to calm down.

I knew that we did not have much time to plan/prepare, and so I started trying to come up with a quick plan.

I told the ghosts to search the building counting how many zombies there were & where they were & to search for supplies/weapons, and I told the living people to get weapons & set up people to guard the entrances/exits while I quickly equipped/trained/prepared some security teams to slowly search the building to clear out the zombies; and I wanted to re-enforce/reinforce the windows/doors on our hallway to help resist against a zombie attack.

First I gave a speech trying to calm everyone down and to get them to work together as a team, and I tried to get them to better deal with their fear.

I reminded the ghosts that they were dead & that the zombies probably could not touch them, and so they could be our eyes/ears/spies/distractions against the zombies.

I told the living people that if we worked in teams together with the proper weapons/armor/practice, we could probably defeat the zombies, and make the building complex safer.

Everyone started to calm down a bit, but it was clear that it would take a lot of effort to get them ready for survival; but I had no choice, or we would all die, so I was going to try my hardest.

I knew that I had to show the others that we were tougher than they thought, but I warned them that the zombies were dangerous.

I have dealt with zombies many times in dreams and so I was using my knowledge/experience to help me in this dream, and I was ready to show the others what I knew; and I wanted to show them that we could kill zombies.

I woke up as I was quickly trying to finish my plan and prepare everything to better our chances for survival.

The end,

-John Jr 🙂