Book Signing in Uniontown

This weekend, I will be joining a number of my friends and fellow Raw Dog Screaming Press authors in Uniontown, PA for a Christmas party and book signing.

Diegeses Sale

Throughout December, Anti-Oedipus Press is running a $0.99 sale on the Kindle edition of Diegeses, my collection of irreal, tech-noir novelettes.

Dr. Identity Kindle Sale

Between December 5-10, the Kindle edition of my novel Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia, will be on sale. Published in 2007 by Raw Dog Screaming Press, Dr. Identity is my first novel as well as the first installment in my Scikungfi trilogy, and it won the first annual Wonderland Book Award. The sale will run here.


My review of Daniel H. Wilson's novel Robopocalypse appears in the latest issue (#114) of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. It is not a positive review. Here's the concluding paragraph:

"Robopocalypse doesn't offer much of the New (in terms of style or subject matter), and it's not conscious enough of engaging the Old (i.e., of manipulating the tentacles of the SF megatext in dynamic ways). As a stark crowd pleaser, it will sell ample copies and make money for the publisher, and it has already endowed Wilson with the proverbial 'New York Times Bestseller' moniker. Good for him. Bad for good SF."

The Irreal Reader

Available now from Guide Dog BooksThe Irreal Reader collects the best fiction from The Cafe Irreal. My story "Giraffe," originally published in The Cafe Irreal and later reprinted in They Had Goat Heads, appears in it alongside tons of wonderful authors and critics.


You can order directly from the publisher or purchase from Amazon. Here's the cover description:

"The Cafe Irreal: International Imagination, a pioneering web-based literary magazine, first went online in 1998 with the intention of publishing a type of fantastic fiction most often associated with writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe and Jorge Luis Borges. To this end, it has published more than 250 authors from over 30 countries. In the course of the past fifteen years, it has also seen its editors nominated for a World Fantasy Award and been named by Writer’s Digest as one of the Top 30 Short Story Markets. In this anthology, edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, Guide Dog Books presents a selection of the fiction and essays from The Cafe Irreal that take us most definitively into the realm of the Irreal. These include pieces by Diploma de Honor Konex winner Ana María Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz (winner of the Magnesia Litera prize in the Czech Republic), Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic, and Pushcart Prize winners Bruce Holland Rogers and Caitlin Horrocks."

Author Photo for Biographies

Here is my meta-author photo for my trilogy of meta-biographies that will be published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2014. The books include Hitler: The Terminal Biography, Freud: The Penultimate Biography, and Douglass: The Lost Autobiography. Thanks to Matthew Revert for the photo.

Goodreads Giveaway for Peckinpah

Congratulations to Katie Humphrey, Amanda Fleming, Kerri Dunn, Sara Haaf and Diane Everett for winning autographed copies of the new edition of my anti-novel Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance. Thanks to everybody who entered the Goodreads giveaway. The books are signed and will be sent out next week.

Science Fiction Film & TV

My review of Mark Bould's Science Fiction appears in the latest issue of Science Fiction Film & Television. The book is part of the Routledge Film Guidebooks series. Here's a blurb:

"An important contribution to sf scholarship, Science Fiction is an impressive, spirited, thoughtful and theoretical study that supplies readers with an overview of the genre while examining the role of prominent leitmotifs in many, many texts."

Review of Peckinpah in Spinetingler

Gabino Iglesias has written a great review of Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance for Spinetingler Magazine. Here's an excerpt.

"Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance is a novel about senseless aggression and payback as much as it is an exploration/homage/extension of Sam Peckinpah’s work, a ekphratic wonder of language and sadism where film and literature come together to create a unique reading experience. Wilson writes weird stuff, but it’s also some of the brightest, most genre-bending weirdness you’ll ever read ... Surreal, ultraviolent, gruesome, unique, and so full of references that getting all of them would be a challenge for anyone, Peckinpah ... is a must-read for anyone who likes their fiction smart, fast, and dangerous."

Read the entire review here.

Zapruder in Fiction International #46

My story "Zapruder" appears in Fiction International's new Realtime/Virtual issue. Here's the lowdown:

Fiction International is a journal of arts and letters published at San Diego State University that emphasizes formal innovation and social activism. Each issue is devoted to a particular theme. “Virtual” is not just interfacing with “real” time but devouring it—at least in “developed” nations. Half the world, including much of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the elderly everywhere still inhabit real time, but these millions scarcely count. The electronic revolution/devolution seems unstoppable. Who is really profiting from it? Featured textual and visual artists include Tyrone Nagai, Charles Lowe, Norman Conquest, Samantha Memi, J.S. Kierland, Shane Roeschlein, Thomas Fuchs, Adam Klein, Larry Fondation, Ryan Francis Kelly, Guy R. Beining, Tara Stillions Whitehead, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Robert Hamburger, Michael Hemmingson, John Edward Lawson, Paul Forristal, Michelle Herold, Andy O’Clancy, Natalie Quave, Chad Stroup, Randall Lahrman, Ryan Forsythe, Jo Ellen Aragon, Carla Wilson, Francois Bereaud, Michael Filas, Gary Lain, Harold Jaffe, and me.

Issue #45 is now available at Amazon.

RDSP Pittsburgh Signing

Check out my Raw Dog Screaming Press colleagues this weekend in Pittsburgh. They will be doing multiple book signings throughout the area.

Peckinpah Lives

The redux of my schiz-novel Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance is officially out today. Thanks to Raw Dog Screaming Press for the elegant reprint and Ian Cooper, author of a cultography on Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, for the brilliant introduction. Additional thanks to Danny Evarts for his beautiful woodblock illustrations.

There is a new review of Peckinpah written by Jamie Grefe at Shredded Maps. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all of the usual places. It was originally published in 2009 by Shroud Books. I am grateful to editor-in-chief Tim Deal without whom Peckinpah likely would not have been conceived.

Pre-Orders for Peckinpah Redux: Signature & Papyrus

All pre-orders for the second edition of Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance will be signed by me and include a new, Peckinpah-oriented flash fiction written on a slip of papyrus. The paperback edition will be officially released on September 25 followed shortly thereafter by the Kindle and Nook versions.

Goodreads Giveaway for Peckinpah Redux

The Goodreads giveaway for the second edition of Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance is now active.  Five signed paperback copies are up for grabs. It's free to enter. The worst that can happen is you win a book with a cool cover.

Pre-Orders for Peckinpah Redux

The second edition of my anti-novel Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance is now available for preorder. It will be published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in paperback and, for the first time, Kindle and Nook formats. Free signed paperback copies can be won via Goodreads giveaway, which should be active in a few days. Peckinpah includes illustrations by Danny Evarts and an introduction by Ian Cooper.


This weekend I packaged over 30 advanced reader copies of Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE, a schizoanalysis of the James Bond oeuvre, to send out for review in journals and magazines. SPECTRE is the second publication from Anti-Oedipus Press and will be available in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats. Here is a press release. If you are interested in reviewing the book (in a professionally published venue or just Amazon, Goodreads, a blog, etc.), please contact me via Facebook or email. Thanks.


My story "Directeur" appears in the latest issue of Backlit, edited by artist, musician and writer Brandon Duncan a.k.a. Expiring Sun, who has done a dynamite job designing and stylizing the layout for the story. In the past, BD and I have worked on a number of projects together, most notably The Cocktail Party, a short, rotoscoped, award-winning film directed by BD and written by me. Here it is in its entirety if you missed it:


Here's one of the readings I did at DogCon this year at the Cafe Kerouac in Columbus, Ohio. The cafe had great beer and a whiskey tasting event, and out of eight or so authors, I went last. Hence my reading is not as smooth as I would have it at times ...


Extrapolation Call for Reviewers

The following titles are currently available for review in Extrapolation. If you are interested in one of them, contact me at and I will do my best to accommodate your request. As I've mentioned in the past, books tend to get snatched up quickly, so the sooner you contact me, the better. If we haven't worked together before, please include a brief description of your scholarly interests, publications, etc. Thanks.

Fredriksen. Men into Space.


My story "Invective" appears in issue 12 of The Surreal Grotesque. This piece will eventually appear in my upcoming fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity. It's extrapolated from extensive, ornery feedback I received from an anonymous peer reviewer regarding my critical essay on the film Transformers, "Technomasculine Bodies & Vehicles of Desire: The Erotic Delirium of Michael Bay's Transformers," which was published recently in the academic journal Extrapolation.

Going LIVE Interview

This is a short interview I did at Seton Hill University's 2013 In Your Write Mind Writing Workshop on the Going Live with FCTV show.

Freud: The Penultimate Biography

Here's an excerpt from my upcoming book Freud: The Penultimate Biography (Raw Dog Screaming Press 2013). It encapsulates feelings I experience at least once per minute.


Somebody came up to me.

I waved them off and said, “I’m not interested.”

They kept coming and tried to say something.

I spread my fingers and pressed my hand against an invisible pane of glass. Then I delivered this monologue:

“I’m not interested. Really. I’m not interested. Not interested. I’m not. I have no interest in you. None. I’m not interested. I don’t care what you have to say. It won’t interest me. I guarantee it. Really. It will not interest me. I won’t find what you have to say to me interesting. Not even remotely. I’m really very extremely profoundly not interested. Nothing can make me interested. Because I’m not interested. It’s not going to happen. Ever. Me being interested, I mean. Do you understand? I’m not interested. I’m not interested. I’m not interested. No hard feelings. If it makes you feel better, I’m not interested in anybody. Well. I wish you luck placing the extension of your selfhood via oral transmission elsewhere. Somebody’s bound to be interested in you. Somebody’s bound to be. Somebody other than me. But I’m not interested. I’m just going to sit here for now. So if you could just, like, turn around and go away, that’d be great. Yeah. If you could turn around. Turn around. That’s it. Turn around and go away. Turn around. Go away. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. So long. Thank you. Thanks. I’ll be here all weekend. All right bye.”

(NOTE: You may apply the above monologue to virtually anybody. Writer, car salesman, monkey trainer, monkey, certain Presidents of the United States—it’s appropriate for multiple would-be interlocutors.)

DogCon 2 Schedule

Here is the schedule for DogCon 2 in one convenient jpg. More details details are available here.

DogCon 2

At the end of the month, I will be attending DogCon 2 in Columbus, Ohio. I'm not sure specifically what I'm doing yet, but it will involve a reading or two (probably from The Kyoto Man) and maybe a writing tutorial of some kind using Lance Olsen's Architectures of Possibility as a primer. I should have more details by next week.

Goodreads Giveaway for Diegeses Complete

The Goodreads giveaway for Diegeses is now complete. Thanks to everybody who entered. Signed paperback copies will be sent out next week to the five winners.


Here is the cover description for my upcoming novel Primordial: An Abstraction:

"A nameless professor’s methods of teaching and scholarship become toxic; he is sent back to college to redo his Ph.D. and redeem his authority. This is only the beginning of terror. Life at the university isn’t what it used to be. Confronted by idiocy, redundancy, and pornography at every turn, the professor must struggle to follow the rules and be a good student even as he terrorizes the roommates, faculty, staff and administrators that threaten to undermine his rancorous will to power. Narrated in D. Harlan Wilson’s token 'Hörnblowér prose,' Primordial: An Abstraction is an exercise in absurdity that rakes academia over the coals while plumbing the uncanny obscurities of existence and identity."

Coming from Anti-Oedipus Press in 2014 ...

Review of The Kyoto Man

Gabino Iglesies has written a great review of The Kyoto Man for The Coffin Factory. Here's the thesis: "Dangerously intelligent, unique, somewhat filthy, and personal, The Kyoto Man is great metafiction constructed with a prose that combines academic muscle with the grimy fun of classic pulp novels."

Cover Reveal for Heidi Ruby Miller's Greenshift

To celebrate the cover reveal for Greenshift, the ebook will be temporarily 99 cents at Amazon.

A tale set within the world of Ambasadora.

Mari's rare eye color makes her a pariah within Upper Caste society, which is why she prefers plants to people ... except David, the former Armadan captain who shuttles scientists around on a refurbished pleasure cruiser. But someone else is interested in Mari and her distinctive lookan obsessed psychopath who tortures and murders women for pleasure. When the killer chooses Mari as his next victim, the soldier inside David comes alive, but it is Mari who must fight for her own life and prove she isn't as fragile as the flowers she nurtures.
Greenshift by Heidi Ruby Miller
Cover Art by Bradley Sharp
Foreword by Dana Marton 

Space Opera/Science Fiction Romance paperback coming from Dog Star Books in August 2013. 

In Your Write Mind

I'm proud to be the Author Guest of Honor this year at Seton Hill University's In Your Write Mind writing workshop, which takes place June 27-30. I'm running two short modules called "Writing the Irreal" and "The Short Story." I'll also be doing a reading from The Kyoto Man and a book signing alongside a lot of other good authors. Please do consider attending if you're in the Pittsburgh area.

Review of The Kyoto Man

Sean leonard has written an excellent review of The Kyoto Man for Horror News. Here's his conclusion: "The Kyoto Man is a very well-written, very witty, self-described 'pulp science fiction novel.' While it is very intelligent, at no point does it take itself too seriously. Referencing the paperback version that I am reviewing, the author chose to include a blurb attributed to 'satisfied reader' that reads as follows: 'Pedestrian and irrelevant. Tripe. Guaranteed to never win the Pulitzer.' While it may appear intimidating at first glance, once the style and format sink in it will pull you right along on the wild ride. Highly recommended, easily among the top three new books I’ve read in 2013."

Review of The Shining Girls

My review of South African author Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls is now available at Los Angeles Book Review, one of my favorite journals. Please check it out and like/tweet it. You may also enjoy  other recent reviews of new SF books written by some of the best science fiction critics in the world.

Cover Reveal for The Revelations of Preston Black

Coming June 2013 from Raw Dog Screaming Press
Cover Art by Brad Vetter

Preston and Katy face a new darkness ... Sometimes a battle between good and evil doesn't look much like the ones they show in movies. The good guys don't always wear white, and they don’t always walk away with the win. And sometimes you're better off with the devil you know. The last time Preston went down to the crossroads, his best friend died and he nearly lost his brother. But Old Scratch doesn't take kindly to fools, especially not those who come knocking at his front door. And before all is said and done, he's going to teach Preston a thing or two about what it really means to sacrifice.

Read the first 100 pages of The Revelations of Preston Black.

Pre-order The Revelations of Preston Black at Raw Dog Screaming Press.