Bust Down the Door & Eat All the Chickens #10

Issue #10 of Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens is now available. Included is my story "The Huis Clos Hotel," reprinted from my fiction collection They Had Goat Heads. Here’s the complete table of contents:

"Guess What" by Amanda Billings
"The Hector Report" by Eric Hawthorn
"Artichoke" by Kirsten Alene
"Excursions in Viral Psychology" by Kirk Jones
"Romantic Fucking Comedy" by Andrew W. Adams
"#30" by Laird Hunt
"The Huis Clos Hotel" by D. Harlan Wilson
"Die You Donut Bastards!" by Cameron Pierce
"Death and the People" by Amber Sparks
Review of Steve Lowe's
Muscle Memory by Matthew Revert
Review of Shane Jones's A Cake Appeared by Bradley Sands

Order a copy here. This may be the last issue of Bust Down the Door; editor-in-chief Bradley Sands has stepped down, and I'm not sure if a new editor will take the reigns. Too bad. It's my favorite underground journal of fiction. But all good things must come from a hen . . .

Flash Fiction by Madeleine Sue

Here are some of my 4-year-old daughter's most recent flash fictions:

The Green Tower

Mom is bringing her dog. She is by herself. The tower was green. The lamp made her see. She has ruby slippers on.

The Gobble-Gobble Turkey

Put the turkey in a pan. Cook the turkey in the oven for 100 days. Toss the turkey in your hands and then you just eat the gobble-gobble turkey.


Me and my Mom are doing stuff. The wind is blasting over the house.

Storm of the Witch

Dorothy is with her Grandma and Toto. There was a storm of the witch.

Another Blurb for The Kyoto Man

My publisher forwarded me another blurb for The Kyoto Man today, this one from Lofton Gitt, author of The Pale of Escarpment:

"The techno-absurdist futurity of The Kyoto Man and the Scikungi Trilogy manifests an infrequent, if nonexistent, phenomenon, notwithstanding narratives that have been deemed as such by educational and publishing institutions for their own dubious ends: high literary science fiction."

Gitt's story "Autocracy" appears in the latest issue of The Dream People.

Laurence A. Rickels on The Kyoto Man

Laurence A. Rickels, Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School, has this to say about The Kyoto Man and the Scikungfi Trilogy:

"Not only philosophical and analytic reflection can be found hiding out in SF but even the work of revaluation and reinvention of artistic genres and styles. Against the yawning horizon of contemporary narrative D. Harlan Wilson turns up the vertical contrast of poetic prose. I was invited by my students to visit, as the one it takes to know another one, his laboratory of endopsychic science fiction. Following the deferral of my resistance to the proposed transference of recognition value, I finally did enter. But what took me by surprise was not as much the visualizable elements of the fictional world/word or its intellectual properties—served up on a splatter—as the exploration of poetic style carried forward, to my mind, from a recent repressed past of invention. The Scikungfi Trilogy is our continuity shot wit Ezra Pound's The Cantos."

I discovered Rickels' work recently when I reviewed his latest book, I Think I Am Philip K. Dick, a rigorous schizoanalysis of the science fiction author's unique oeuvre of "unmourning," for Extrapolation. I recently acquired some of his other books, namely Nazi Psychoanalysis, The Case of California and The Vampire Lectures. His vision, ingenuity and breadth of knowledge are unparalleled and absolutely essential reading for Scikungfi enthusiasts, theorists and student-things.

Lint & Goat Heads at BizarroCon

Tomorrow night, November 15, you can catch a screening of Lint: The Movie in the UK at the Comica London International Comics Festival. Then, this weekend, the film will be shown at BizarroCon in Portland. My book of short fiction, They Had Goat Heads, has been nominated for the Wonderland Book Award for best collection of 2010; winners of the WBA will be announced on Saturday evening after the dinner banquet.

Fantastique Unfettered #4

Issue 4 of Fantastique Unfettered, a periodical of liberated literature, is now available. Here's the lineup:

"Azif" by Lynne Jamneck
"The Bachorum Principle" by Brenda Stokes Barron
"The Butterfly Collection of Miss Letitia Willoughby Forbes" by Alma Alexander
"Mr. White Umbrella" by Georgina Bruce
"Sons of the Law" by Hal Duncan
"Stolen Souls" by Mike Allen
"Three Tales of the Devil’s Wife" by Carmen Lau
"Vérité by D. Harlan Wilson

"Seed the Earth, Burn the Sky," "Binary," and "Sisyphus Crawls" by Mike Allen
"Self-Portrait" by Shweta Narayan
"'cubus" by Dan Campbell
"At the Crossroads of the West" by J. C. Runolfson
"Life Decisions" by Kaolin Fire
"Black Sheep" by Jacqueline West
"Clones Evaporate Faster" by Kristine Ong Muslim

Interview: Hal Duncan & Brent Weeks
Review: The Night Circus
"Life is Suffering: The Writer's Point of View" by Hal Duncan, Mike Allen & Alexandra Seidel
"This Inscrutable Light: A Response to Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race" by Brandon H. Bell


My short story, "Verite," will be published in issue 4 of Fantastique Unfettered. This piece will appear down the road in Vol. I of Battle without Honor or Humanity.

Architectures of Possiblity

Advanced reader copies of Lance Olsen's fictioneering textbook, Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Fiction, will be available soon from Guide Dog Books. I helped edit and format the book and have an interview in it. It is an expanded revamp of Rebel Yell: A Short Guide to Fiction Writing, published in the late 1990s; I have used this first edition for years in short story writing courses. The new, updated edition contains lots of new material and will debut in 2012 at the annual AWP convention. Lance and I will both be there. Here's the cover description:

"Ideal for individual or classroom use, Architectures of Possibility theorizes and questions the often unconscious assumptions behind such traditional writing gestures as temporality, scene, and characterization; offers various suggestions for generating writing that resists, rethinks, and/or expands the very notion of narrativity; visits a number of important concerns/trends/obsessions in current writing (both on the page and off); discusses marketplace (ir)realities; hones critical reading and manuscript editing capabilities; and strengthens problem-solving muscles from brainstorming to literary activism.

Exercises and supplemental reading lists challenge authors to push their work into self-aware and surprising territory.

In addition, Architectures of Possibility features something entirely lacking in most books about creative writing: more than 40 interviews with contemporary innovative authors, editors, and publishers (including Robert Coover, Lydia Davis, Brian Evenson, Shelley Jackson, Ben Marcus, Carole Maso, Scott McCloud, Steve Tomasula, Deb Olin Unferth, Joe Wenderoth, and Lidia Yuknavitch) working in diverse media, providing significant insights into the multifaceted worlds of experimental authors' writing.

Lance Olsen is author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, including the novelsCalendar of Regrets, Head in Flames, and Nietzsche’s Kisses. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, such as Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney’s, and Best American Non-Required Reading. He serves as chair of FC2’s Board of Directors and teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.

Collaborator Trevor Dodge is author of the novel Yellow #10 and short-fiction collection Everyone I know Lives on Roads, as well as co-editor of the Northwest Edge anthologies of experimental narrative. He teaches writing, literature, comics, and games studies at Clackamas Community College in Oregon Cityand the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland."

Codename PRague for $0.99

For a limited time, my latest novel, Codename Prague, the second installment in the scikungfi trilogy, is available on Kindle for 99 cents.

The Dream People #36

The latest issue of The Dream People is now available at www.dreampeople.org. Included are fictions by Lofton Gitt, Cat Rambo, A. J. French, Van Aaron Hughes and Rich Ives; novel excerpts by Paul Toth and Michael Gills; stories from the new Monk Punk anthology by David J. West and George Ivanoff; an interview with Joe R. Lansdale; and book reviews by Emory Pueschel. And, of course, the featured website: Kung Fu! Thanks to all of our contributors.