Review of The Biographer Trilogy

Dean Swinford has written a nice review of The Biographizer Trilogy for Entropy Magazine. Verdict:

"Wilson offers more than a pessimistic takedown of contemporary publishing. Rather, The Biographizer Trilogy serves as a kind of analytical biography of independent publishing itself. One theme that Wilson returns to, particularly in the book 'about' Freud, is that writing itself is both a kind of repetition compulsion as well as an act that gives pleasure. In one place, Wilson tells us the work’s moral is that 'you are not special . . . [and] I am no exception.' In another, he justifies his trilogy by saying that 'It’s about me. Specifically, it’s about my experiences as a person.' The trilogy doesn’t resolve the opposition between these two statements. Rather, the tension between these two statements generates the trilogy. While we don’t actually learn much about these three exhausted historical figures, we learn something even more valuable: the ways that books are made and sold are sometimes more important than the stories they contain."

I Believe I Shall Not Die

My story "I Believe I Shall Not Die" appears in Issue #30 of Dark Discoveries. The issue also includes work from Cecilia Tan, Gary A. Braunbeck, Yvonne Navarro, Storm Constantine, John Everson, and many others. See the full table of contents here.

Arnzen on They Live

Four-time Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael A. Arnzen has this to say about my new cultography on They Live:

"A great study of a great film—it not only provides an array of historical contexts for understanding the film, but succeeds as an introduction to essential film theory as it relates to cult cinema and kitsch. Very different than Wilson's bizarro fiction, yet reading this book can help to understand the author's thinking about text and reveals his deep affinity for—and critical facility with—the power of counter cultural narratives. Recommended to anyone familiar with the film."

Arnzen is Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities at Seton Hill University. The 20th Anniversary Edition of his first novel, Grave Markingswhich won him his first Stoker, was recently reprinted by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Visit him at his official website Gorelets.

Dog Con 4

Among the conventions I will be attending in 2015 are AWP in Minneapolis and DogCon 4 in Philadelphia. Save the dates.


Press Release for They Live

I received the press release today for my cultography on They Live from my publicist at Columbia University Press.


Call for Reviewers

The following titles are currently available for review in Extrapolation. As always, if we haven’t worked together before, please tell me about yourself (qualifications, previous publications, etc.) when you request a specific title. Requests may be submitted to me at david.wilson@wright.edu. Thanks! 

Rick McGrath (ed.), Deep Ends: The J.G. Ballard Anthology 2014
Laurence A. Rickels, Germany: A Science Fiction
D. Harlan Wilson, They Live (Cultographies)
Charles L. Adler, Wizards, Aliens & Starships: Physics & Math in Fantasy & SF
Paul Kincaid, Call and Response
Nicholas Michaud & Jessica Watkins (eds.), Jurassic Park & Philosophy
Andrew Rayment, Fantasy, Politics, Postmodernity: Pratchett, Pullman, Mievill & Stories of the Eye
Stanislaw Lem, Selected Letters to Michael Kandel
Timothy Shanahan, Philosophy & Blade Runner
James Clarke, The Cinema of James Cameron: Bodies in Heroic Motion
John Clute, Stay
Philip E. Wegner, Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on SF, Globalization & Utopia
Susan George & Regina Hansen (eds.), Supernatural, Humanity & the Soul
Donald Palumbo & C.W. Sullivan III, The Monomyth in American SF Films
Paul McAuley, Brazil (BFI Film Classics)
Roger Luckhurst, Alien (BFI Film Classics)
Andrew Butler, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (BFI Film Classics)
Kim Newman, Quartermass & the Pit (BFI Film Classics)
Mark Bould, Solaris (BFI Film Classics)
Barry Forshaw, The War of the Worls (BFI Film Classics)
Mark Kermode, Silent Running (BFI Film Classics)
Michelle Le Blanc & Colin Odell, Akira (BFI Film Classics)
Isiah Lavender III (ed.), Black & Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in SF
Andrzej Wicher et al. (eds.), Basic Categories of Fantastic Literature

Book Signings

I will be signing copies of my books published in 2014 at Book Warehouse in Michigan City on Saturday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The books include:


Technically They Live doesn't come out until February 2015, but I will bring advance reader copies with me for the event.

Early in 2015, I will also be conducting signings at local bookstores in Fort Wayne as well as Chicago. More details soon.