Pushcart Prize Nomination

My short story "Cumbria" has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The story will appear in the upcoming Phobia/Philia issue of Fiction International and next year in the first volume of my fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity, which will be published by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Thanks very much to the folks who nominated me.

Another Blurb for They Live

I received another gracious blurb for my monograph on They Live today from Tony Williams. Williams is Professor and Area Head of Film Studies in the Department of English at University of Illinois-Carbondale. He has written articles for Cinema Journal, Jump Cut, Wide Angle, CineAction, Journal of Popular Film & Television, Sight & Sound and Films & Filming. His books include Hearths of Darkness: The Family in the American Horror Film, The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead, and many others.

"D. Harlan Wilson's They Live is an ideal contribution to the cultographies project. Written by a critic fully aware of relevant discourses such as wrestling, fan culture, and historical reception past and present, this is a very stimulating and still timely analysis of one of John Carpenter's key films. Highly recommendable on all levels, especially those of enjoyable and informative reading."

Deep Ends

The second installment in Rick McGrath's series of Ballardicana, Deep Ends, is now available in hardcover and paperback editions. I loved the first installment, The J. G. Ballard Book, which I reviewed in the Fall 2014 issue of Extrapolation. This one is even better and includes my bio-fiction "Geometry of Mourning," a playful commentary on the ways in which Ballard's life and works have been critically (mis)perceived over the years. Even better is a rare prose poem by JGB himself, an essay and interview with JGB's daughters Bea and Fay, and a variety of pieces by prominent Ballardians, critics and artists, among them Iain Sinclair, Mike Bonsall, Umberto Rossi, Mike Holliday, Peter Brigg, Ana Barrado, Christopher Cokinos, David Pringle, and many others.

Giveaway for Primordial

Every month until the end of 2014, there will be a Goodreads giveaway for a free autographed copy of my satirical campus novel Primordial: An Abstraction. Enter the October giveaway here.

Preorders for They Live

Here's the official cover for my cultography on They Live. I just received it from Columbia University Press this morning. I'm so excited about this book. It brings together a lot of my theoretical concerns, especially regarding postmodernism, and it allowed me to explore my upbringing in the 1980s during the tail-end of Cold War, which, I discovered, was as scary as it was exhilarating.

Preorders are now being accepted via the publisher as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Blurb for They Live

I received a terrific preliminary blurb for my upcoming cultography on They Live from Mark Bould, one of the best science fiction and film critics working today. Bould is the author of Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City and Science Fiction: The Routledge Film Guidebook as well as the editor of Neo-Noir, The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction, Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, and others. He's also the editor of Journal of Science Fiction Film & Television. Here's the blurb:

"Wilson gets what makes They Live live. With all the virtuosity of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper performing an inverted atomic drop, he grapples with the many dimensions of Carpenter’s movie. From the critical, political and schizoanalytical to the simulacral and tonsorial, his short book chews bubble gum and kicks ass."