Review of Battle #2

Hubert O'Hearn has written a colorful review of Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 2, saying that the collection is "a perfect snapshot of our imperfect times. Before D. Harlan Wilson chose to check out of the Hotel California with a bullet to the head, Hunter S. Thompson chose to describe our time as the Age of Doom. Wilson provides the play-by-play of the game of Doom. Rape, death, terrorism, paranoia, monsters, impersonality, secret police and the false imaging of TV and movies—they are all here. These stories—or chainsaw sections of a violent conveyor belt—force readers into thinking along the same paths or rivers as Wilson. This is the most dangerous journey since Ronny Cox plopped up, arm askew, from the river in the movie version of James Dickey's Deliverance." Read the full review here. It will also be published in San Diego Book Review.

Cover for Battles

Here's the cover for Battles without Honor or Humanity. It will be published in 2017 by Raw Dog Screaming Press and include all stories from volumes 1 and 2 plus an additional, Pushcart Prize-nominated story. Designed by the incomparable Bradley Sharp.

Pushcart Prize

I'm proud to announce that my story "Sacrosanctum" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The story was first published this Fall in issue 49 of Fiction International. It will be reprinted as a supplementary fiction in Battles without Honor or Humanity, which brings together both volumes of my latest fiction collection and will be published in early 2017 by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Each volume contains 15 stories so there will be 31 in Battles.

Grant

Last week I received a grant from Wright State University-Lake Campus to fund the operations of Anti-Oedipus Press in 2017. Details are available on the AOP blog.

Primacy at Rutgers

Recently I discovered that my play Primacy will be directed by a senior theatre major at Rutgers University-Camden. The show will run for four performances in early December. It is part of RUC's annual Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival.

Primacy appears in my collectoin of dramas Three Plays, which was published earlier this year by Black Scat Books. Read it online in Issue 58 of The Cafe Irreal.

Divine Madness

My latest review for Los Angeles Review of Books is on Kyle Arnold's The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick. I hate writing bad reviews, but this book got under my skin, although I think PKD fans and scholars will like parts of it. Here's my verdict:

"The book seems to have little reason for being beyond capitalizing on the growing popularity of PKD’s life and works. It is not a moral treatise on the dangers of drug abuse. Arnold doesn’t offer any new material that Lawrence Sutin, Paul Williams, and Emmanuel Carrère haven’t already delivered in better formats from more compelling angles. His final deduction—that 2-3-74 and The Exegesis stemmed from PKD having “a spiritual opening that resulted in a powerful yet temporary transcendence of his problems in living,” rather than a schizoaffective hallucination—doesn’t merit a book-length exegesis. Rather than illuminate anything novel or interesting about PKD, The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick reveals, instead, Arnold’s own shortcomings as a critic and analyst."

Read the full review here.

WebinarJam

Please join me on Tuesday, September 20, at 7 p.m. for a reading from my upcoming fiction collection, Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 2, followed by Q&A. The event is sponsored by Raw Dog Screaming Press and accessible via WebinarJam. Register here.