Reviews for They Had Goat Heads

Three new preliminary reviews of They Had Goat Heads came out over the weekend at these magazines:

Here's a snapshot from the Horrorview writeup:

"Here we have a very gifted wordsmith, one who puts as much emphasis on tempo as he does lucidity, and while, oftentimes, Wilson’s stories (forty in all, many of which aren’t much longer than a few paragraphs, some as short as a single line) veer off into the absurd, they never failed to register some sort of response in me. It’s like the written equivalent of an abstract painting, where almost everything is left open to interpretation. It goes against everything I’ve ever learned as a writer, but that’s precisely the point. This is bold, experimental stuff . . . schizophrenic sci-fi wrapped in nightmare logic."

Context 23

This weekend, Sep. 27-29, I will attend Context 23 in Columbus, OH. In past years, I've mainly attended to crash the Shroud party on Saturday night, but this year I'm sitting on three panels and doing a reading of my new fiction collection, They Had Goat Heads, which officially debuts at the convention. Here's my schedule:

5:30 p.m., Humor in Literature (Panel)

2:30 p.m., Shroud Publishing (Panel)
4 p.m., They Had Goat Heads (Reading)
8:30 p.m., Teaching Writing - Is It Possible? (Panel)

As always, I will be signing books at the Shroud party on Saturday night, mainly They Had Goat Heads and Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance. If memory serves, the party gets started around 8 p.m. Hope to see you there.

The Funky Werepig

I will be a guest on The Funky Werepig Internet radio show this Friday, August 20, from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Review of Peckinpah in Shock Totem

Compliments of Johnny Boden, there's a nice review of Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance in the latest issue of Shock Totem. Here's a snapshot:

"You know that scene in A Clockwork Orange where they have Alex strapped down for 'treatment' and he's forced, unblinking, to witness a barrage of horror and violence that is projected before him while the music of Beethoven blares in the background? This book is like that ... in a good way."

Interview with Slushpilehero

Recently I did a short interview with twitterologist S. S. Michaels a.k.a. @slushpilehero. Discussion topics include alien abductions, sports drinks, capitalizm, dead bodies, Gummi bears, onychocryptosis, Deleuzoguattari, Mini Coopers, bench pressing, and stupid people. Read it at her blog.

Goat Heads an (Un)finalist for Starcherone Prize

I learned today that They Had Goat Heads is one of five finalists for the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. I had submitted an earlier version of the book for consideration in 2009 and didn't hear anything, so I assumed I had lost to Alissa Nutting's Unclean Jobs for Women & Girls, the 2009-10 winner. I didn't know Goat Heads was being considered for the 2010-11 prize. At any rate, I sold an expanded version to Atlatl Press earlier in 2010 and had to remove it from the finalist pool, rendering the book an "(Un)finalist for the Starcherone Prize in Innovative Fiction."