Issue #33 of The Dream People


NOW AVAILABLE: The All Prunty Issue of The Dream People. Featuring fiction by Andersen Prunty, Andersen Prunty, Andersen Prunty, Andersen Prunty, Andersen Prunty, Andersen Prunty and Andersen Prunty; novel excerpts by Andersen Prunty, Andersen Prunty and Andersen Prunty; a microcriticism by me (on the subject of Andersen Prunty); an interview with Andersen Prunty; reviews of Andersen Prunty's The Overwhelming Urge, Andersen Prunty's Jack & Mr. Grin and Andersen Prunty's Zerostrata; and a comic illustrated by Brandon Duncan and written by Andersen Prunty.

CNP Banner

Here is a banner for my upcoming novel, Codename Prague (2011), the second installment in the Skikungfi trilogy.

Modern Problems (1981)

A few pieces of timeless wisdom from Dabney Coleman's character, Mark Winslow:

“What you have to understand is that life sucks so why not be a schmuck?”

“I hope you’ll come to the healthy conclusion that she’s a manipulatin’ bitch.”

“I hope you’ll come to the healthy conclusion that he’s a manipulatin’ bastard.”

“I don’t want you to do it because you’re weak. I want you to do it because you know I’m right.”

“I’m not a freak. He’s the freak. I’m a goddamned good-lookin’ man.”

Special Bizarro Issue of The Pedestal Magazine

I'm going to be a guest editor for a special Bizarro issue of The Pedestal Magazine. Here are the formal submission guidelines:

The Pedestal Magazine invites submissions for a special issue of Bizarro fiction to be edited by D. Harlan Wilson. Flash fiction between 250-1000 words will be considered. Loosely speaking, “Bizarro” is an umbrella term encompassing different kinds of weird, absurd, horrific, uncanny, and/or grotesque speculative fiction. Literary and experimental forms are strongly encouraged. Do not submit work that is simply weird for weird’s sake; also avoid toilet humor and boyish antics. We are looking for purposeful Bizarro that is dynamically written and thought-provoking. Payment for accepted stories will be $.08 per word. No reprints. Submission period will run from April 28-June 14. All submissions will be received via the submission form provided on The Pedestal Magazine website: www.thepedestalmagazine.com.

Mo*Con

I will be attending Mo*Con at the end of the month in Indianapolis, Indiana. Some of the other authors there will include Brian Keene, Gary Braunbeck, Lucy Snyder, Kelli Dunlap, Wrath James White, and the incorrigible Maurice Braoddus himself. Here are The Deets.

Blurb for Shyamalan Book


Here's a blurb I wrote today for an upcoming collection of scholarly criticism on the films of M. Night Shyamalan called, apropos,
Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan. It's edited by Jeffrey Weinstock, an associate professor of literature & language at Central Michigan University and the author of Spectral America: Phantoms and the National Imagination, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Cultographies, and Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women, among others. This is the first collection of critical essays on Shyamalan's oeuvre. Coming later this year from Palgrave Macmillan.

Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan is a thoroughly impressive and dynamic study of one of today’s most controversial, slippery, and stylish filmmakers. Contributors to this anthology come from a wide range of disciplines and shine light on places that seemingly deny the specter of interpretation. The first of its kind, this book will doubtless pave the way for future scholarship on Shyamalan and remain a formidable touchstone.”

Review of Alternative Roles

Diegetics of Mainstream Hollywood is a short review of James Walters' Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema that I wrote for the latest issue of Science Fiction Studies. Good book. Great journal.

Pat Cadigan Blurb for Codename Prague


"Who IS this guy?" Pat Cadigan, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Synners and Fools

Along with William Gibson, John Shirley and Bruce Sterling, Pat was a formative cyberpunk author of the 1980s. Her story "Rock On," first published in Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, was a seminal influence, and Synners, in my view, is one of the best sf novels of the postmodern era.

The Inflatable Volunteer


This is my new favorite novel, a reprint from Raw Dog Screaming Press. Among Aylett's finest and perhaps the slickest. Some copies, I hear, come equipped to the user/reader with actual blowup creatures who hold the promise of unabashed help and assistance during times of dire need.

Philip K. Dick Recordings

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I first listened to these recordings, compliments of Andy Sawyer at the University of Liverpool, when I was working on my M.A. in Science Fiction Studies in 1998. PKD fans will appreciate them.

The Talisman

For the price, I dare you to find a better blend than this.

Popular Ghosts


My wife, Christine Wilson, has a new critical essay on haunted houses called "Haunted Habitability: Wilderness and American Haunted House Narratives" in a slick anthology called Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture. The anthology was published this year by Continuum, a great British press. Here's the book description:

"Located in the ambivalent realm between life and death, ghosts have always inspired cultural fascination as well as theoretical consideration. Ghosts are ubiquitous in contemporary critical theory and in current literary and visual culture. In psychoanalysis, for example, the ghost has been crucial to Freud's uncanny, Lacan's discussion of desire and Abraham and Torok's theory of intergenerational trauma. In literary studies, the ghost is integral to the field of Gothic studies, as its prime genre characteristic. With the appearance of Derrida's 1994 "Specters of Marx," moreover, the ghost not only acquired a deconstructive dimension, but was transformed into a methodology in and of itself: hauntology or spectral studies."

Dolph Lundgren Will Break You


I think Dolph Lundgren and I are a lot alike. We are both the same height. We both wear tuxedos, sometimes. I have not been in a lot of movies, though. And I can't dance that well. And he has more hair than I do. And I can't play the drums. And I can't punch and kick squares of wood into splinters (although I've never tried). And I can't karatechop slabs of ice (although I've never tried). One can always hope, though. Morgan Freeman told us so in The Shawshank Redemption: I hope, I hope ...

Renee Elizabeth Wilson


Here is a pic of me with Renee Elizabeth (born April 1, 2010 in Fort Wayne, Indiana). More pics in a few weeks after the kid stops looking like a squished-up carrot.