Press Kit for The Kyoto Man

The press kit for The Kyoto Man, the third and final installment in my Scikungfi trilogy, is now complete. Included is a press release, an excerpt, advance praise, contact information, and other usual suspects. The book is available for preorder in three different formats. Find out more at www.thekyotoman.com. Adieu.

Emanations: Second Sight

My story "Entelechy" appears in a new anthology, Emanations: Second Sight, the followup to Emanations. Both are edited by Carter Kaplan and feature fiction and nonfiction from across the world. Here's the cover description:

The attempt itself reveals both the machinery and the resolve. Rising against the gravitational seductions of former disbelief, the unclosing eye is disabused of shadowy fear and caging illusion. In these pages of poetry, fiction, essays and art, spheres of an original geometry draw together and at long last illuminate that elusively crystalizing plane of second sight, angelic knowledge, and bright eternity. Here, should fortune favor our bold attempt, we might grasp the fires of joy, forge them into thunderbolts, and launch them high to ignite the stars of our most exalted and passionate emanations.

Stories by Maddie

My 5-year-old daughter Maddie's literary output continues to dwarf my own. Here are some of her latest pieces:

Happiness

The zebra was happy, because I watched him. THE END.

Waterdancing

A little boy is at the beach, and it was raining. He went there to dance in the water. THE END.

A Young Monster

Once upon a time there was a dog in a house. Her name was Marla. Outside, a pink square had attached itself to the snowman, not far from a monster with a black head. The monster was eight years old. THE END.

Black Friday Book Deals

If, like me, you prefer to do your Black Friday shopping online, here are some cheap ebooks of mine:

They Had Goat Heads
Kindle
Nook

Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia
Book I of the Scikungfi Trilogy
Kindle
Nook

Codename Prague
Book II of the Scikungfi Trilogy
Kindle
Nook

And if you'd like to spend a little more money, you can preorder Book III of the Scikungfi Trilogy, The Kyoto Man, directly from Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Preorders Available for The Kyoto Man

The Kyoto Man may now be preordered directly from the publisher as a signed limited edition hardcover, a standard hardcover, and a paperback at Raw Dog Scream Press. Here's the cover description:

In the wake of the Stick Figure War, civilization lapsed into obscurity. Fallout ravaged the fabric of space and time. History digested reality and reality exhumed the future as survivors tried and failed to create a new beginning ... Amid the chaos, one man experiences a terminal affliction, a revolution of the self: the chronic transformation into the city of Kyoto, Japan. Each transformation further plunges the world into darkness, but he’s helpless against the lethal clockwork of his body, his psyche, his mindscreens—and nothing, not even Fate itself, can stop him from becoming God ... In the third and final installment of the Scikungfi trilogy after Dr. Identity and Codename Prague, acclaimed author D. Harlan Wilson composes a narrative grindhouse that combines elements of science fiction and horror with pop culture and literary theory. Erudite, ultraviolent, and riotously satirical, The Kyoto Man reminds us how, at every turn, reality is shaped by the forces that destroy it.

Outre

Here's a rough stillshot of my novel-in-progress, Outre.

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NATTY BUMPPO

Nathaniel hated it when Herman called him “Natty.”

Which is why he called him Natty.

Herman was known to employ “Natty” as a rhetorical device during heated conversations. For example:

“Tell me, Natty, what is it that Pearl really symbolizes for you? I mean, really. I assume it’s not idle demonism, Natty, or a reminder of Hester’s misbegotten desire, or a mark—a scar, mind you—of unfettered artistry and imagination. I mean, what’s a girl to do when a man like Dimmesdale takes his trousers off? Ha. Ha ha ha ha ha. Anyway it’s the goddamned Reverend’s fault, is the thing, and Pearl belongs to him, so to speak. Natty? Hey Natty. Natty. Are you listening to me?”

Nathaniel tried to ignore him, but sometimes it was unbearable, especially when Herman drank too much, which prompted Nathaniel to drink too much, and then, of course, there was a fight, and eventually Herman ended up somewhere in the woods with his clothes off, and on occasion, he streaked through town until the police picked him up.

Natty. As in Natty Bumppo.

Both authors hated Jim Cooper, a relentless popinjay who could barely string a sentence together, in their eyes, but ultimately they couldn’t stand that Cooper had obtained pulp stardom, publishing bestseller after bestseller in multiple speculative genres while writing with the finesse, lyricism and dimensionality of plantlife. They couldn’t deny the prowess of some of Cooper’s descriptive passages, namely his “landscape paintings” of other planets. But generally they panned and disparaged and vilified his decidedly slackjaw prose as well as his dumb protagonists, above all the inveterate Natty Bumppo, antihero of the Firestocking Tales, a sort of Buck Rogers meets Moravagine character obviously patterned after Cooper himself, or at least after how Coooper perceived himself, since in reality, as Herman and Nathaniel saw it, he was a far cry from the smooth-talking, girl-getting, pec-flexing, essentially Burroughsian Bumppo. Hence Herman’s small victory vis-à-vis Nathaniel whenever he uttered the character’s forename.

Occasionally Nathaniel attempted to retaliate against Herman’s aggression by calling him Hermes, or Huckleberry, or Huey, or HAL 9000, but it always fell flat. As a friendly insult, Natty fit with Nathaniel better than anything else he could come up with. Also, whenever Nathaniel called him something, Herman just stared at him, unwilling to submit to such “puerile modalities,” as he referred to them. A fly could get a rise out of Nathaniel. But an earthquake couldn’t budge Herman. Sometimes.

The Kyoto Man Release Dates

In December 2012, 100 signed limited hardcover editions of The Kyoto Man will be available for purchase directly from Raw Dog Screaming Press. The edition includes "Additional Supplements & Amino Acids," among them various outtakes, reboots, meta-sublimations, and the controversial Bushido chapter. Then, in March 2013, the paperback, Kindle and Nook versions of the novel will come out. You can read the first chapter at The Kyoto Man's flashsite, which was built by Merge-Design. A press kit will be available soon at my official website.

The Kyoto Man is the third and final installment in my Scikungfi Trilogy. If you'd like to check out the first two installments, they are:

Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia
Book I of the Scikungfi Trilogy
Raw Dog Screaming Press (2007)
Hardcover
Paperback
Kindle
Nook

Codename Prague
Book II of the Scikungfi Trilogy
Raw Dog Screaming Press (2011)
Hardcover
Paperback
Kindle
Nook


The Dream People #38

The latest issue of The Dream People is now available featuring fiction by Grimley Bogue, Steve Rasnic Tem, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Lucy Mihajlich, Sayuri Yamada and AE Reiff. There are also book excerpts from Jason Jack Miller, Leland Pitts-Gonzalez, Tom Bradley and Matthew Revert. Please drop by and have a look.

DogCon 2012 FaceTime Reading

Here is the reading I did via FaceTime for DogCon 2012. It's in two parts. I read a short story, "Presidency," which will appear in the first volume of my upcoming fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity. I had never used FaceTime before. I hit a few bumps, but eventually I got used to it.