Dog Con 4

Among the conventions I will be attending in 2015 are AWP in Minneapolis and DogCon 4 in Philadelphia. Save the dates.


Press Release for They Live

I received the press release today for my cultography on They Live from my publicist at Columbia University Press.


Call for Reviewers

The following titles are currently available for review in Extrapolation. As always, if we haven’t worked together before, please tell me about yourself (qualifications, previous publications, etc.) when you request a specific title. Requests may be submitted to me at david.wilson@wright.edu. Thanks! 

Rick McGrath (ed.), Deep Ends: The J.G. Ballard Anthology 2014
Laurence A. Rickels, Germany: A Science Fiction
D. Harlan Wilson, They Live (Cultographies)
Charles L. Adler, Wizards, Aliens & Starships: Physics & Math in Fantasy & SF
Paul Kincaid, Call and Response
Nicholas Michaud & Jessica Watkins (eds.), Jurassic Park & Philosophy
Andrew Rayment, Fantasy, Politics, Postmodernity: Pratchett, Pullman, Mievill & Stories of the Eye
Stanislaw Lem, Selected Letters to Michael Kandel
Timothy Shanahan, Philosophy & Blade Runner
James Clarke, The Cinema of James Cameron: Bodies in Heroic Motion
John Clute, Stay
Philip E. Wegner, Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on SF, Globalization & Utopia
Susan George & Regina Hansen (eds.), Supernatural, Humanity & the Soul
Donald Palumbo & C.W. Sullivan III, The Monomyth in American SF Films
Paul McAuley, Brazil (BFI Film Classics)
Roger Luckhurst, Alien (BFI Film Classics)
Andrew Butler, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (BFI Film Classics)
Kim Newman, Quartermass & the Pit (BFI Film Classics)
Mark Bould, Solaris (BFI Film Classics)
Barry Forshaw, The War of the Worls (BFI Film Classics)
Mark Kermode, Silent Running (BFI Film Classics)
Michelle Le Blanc & Colin Odell, Akira (BFI Film Classics)
Isiah Lavender III (ed.), Black & Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in SF
Andrzej Wicher et al. (eds.), Basic Categories of Fantastic Literature

Book Signings

I will be signing copies of my books published in 2014 at Book Warehouse in Michigan City on Saturday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The books include:


Technically They Live doesn't come out until February 2015, but I will bring advance reader copies with me for the event.

Early in 2015, I will also be conducting signings at local bookstores in Fort Wayne as well as Chicago. More details soon.

Entropic Review of Primordial

There's a superb review of Primordial: An Abstraction in Entropy Magazine. Here are a few passages:

"Primordial is a fiercely modern novel, an absurd, ultra-violent romp that exposes and lays waste to the Ivory Tower in an orgy of violence and absurdity, written with surgical precision. It’s terse and as dense as lead. It is deceptively simple, and an ugly delight. . . . The economy of Wilson’s prose is impressive. Like his protagonist, it is lean and muscular, and every word here is used for maximum effect. . . . Smoldering at the crossroads of Franz Kafka, William Burroughs, Anthony Burgess and Henry Rollins, Primordial is Wilson’s academic id running wild."

Read the full review here.

They Live & Fiction International

Yesterday I received ARCs of my cultography on They Live. The official publication date is February 2015. I also received contributor copies of the latest issue of Fiction International, which includes my Pushcart Prize-nominated story "Cumbria." I'm very excited about these publications. Thanks to everybody who made them happen.


New Film Books

Save 30% on new film books from Columbia University Press—including my cultography on John Carpenter's cult classic They Live.
The official publication of the book isn't until February 2015, but it is currently available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publisher.

San Francisco Book Review

My latest novel, Primordial: An Abstraction, has received a 4-star review in San Francisco Book Review. Here's the verdict:

"And so it is that the reader is lead through the kaleidoscope of harm – pornography, random violence, death, tune in, drop out, swallow this before this swallows you. Does it all read as randomly connected mind droppings? Oh hell yeah. Is it that? Oh hell no. I have a protective interest in revealing the totality of an author's work, so I shall not delve further into Wilson's personal hallucinogens wrought on paper, other than to say we've been there, and we'd prefer to think we hadn't done that. Read this book. It's not your father's Oldgrishamobile."

Read the full review here.

November Goodreads Giveaway

The November Goodreads giveaway for a free signed copy of my latest book, Primordial: An Abstraction, is now active. Enter to win here.

Pushcart Prize Nomination

My short story "Cumbria" has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The story will appear in the upcoming Phobia/Philia issue of Fiction International and next year in the first volume of my fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity, which will be published by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Thanks very much to the folks who nominated me.


Another Blurb for They Live

I received another gracious blurb for my monograph on They Live today from Tony Williams. Williams is Professor and Area Head of Film Studies in the Department of English at University of Illinois-Carbondale. He has written articles for Cinema Journal, Jump Cut, Wide Angle, CineAction, Journal of Popular Film & Television, Sight & Sound and Films & Filming. His books include Hearths of Darkness: The Family in the American Horror Film, The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead, and many others.

"D. Harlan Wilson's They Live is an ideal contribution to the cultographies project. Written by a critic fully aware of relevant discourses such as wrestling, fan culture, and historical reception past and present, this is a very stimulating and still timely analysis of one of John Carpenter's key films. Highly recommendable on all levels, especially those of enjoyable and informative reading."

Deep Ends

The second installment in Rick McGrath's series of Ballardicana, Deep Ends, is now available in hardcover and paperback editions. I loved the first installment, The J. G. Ballard Book, which I reviewed in the Fall 2014 issue of Extrapolation. This one is even better and includes my bio-fiction "Geometry of Mourning," a playful commentary on the ways in which Ballard's life and works have been critically (mis)perceived over the years. Even better is a rare prose poem by JGB himself, an essay and interview with JGB's daughters Bea and Fay, and a variety of pieces by prominent Ballardians, critics and artists, among them Iain Sinclair, Mike Bonsall, Umberto Rossi, Mike Holliday, Peter Brigg, Ana Barrado, Christopher Cokinos, David Pringle, and many others.

Giveaway for Primordial

Every month until the end of 2014, there will be a Goodreads giveaway for a free autographed copy of my satirical campus novel Primordial: An Abstraction. Enter the October giveaway here.

Preorders for They Live

Here's the official cover for my cultography on They Live. I just received it from Columbia University Press this morning. I'm so excited about this book. It brings together a lot of my theoretical concerns, especially regarding postmodernism, and it allowed me to explore my upbringing in the 1980s during the tail-end of Cold War, which, I discovered, was as scary as it was exhilarating.

Preorders are now being accepted via the publisher as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Blurb for They Live

I received a terrific preliminary blurb for my upcoming cultography on They Live from Mark Bould, one of the best science fiction and film critics working today. Bould is the author of Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City and Science Fiction: The Routledge Film Guidebook as well as the editor of Neo-Noir, The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction, Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, and others. He's also the editor of Journal of Science Fiction Film & Television. Here's the blurb:

"Wilson gets what makes They Live live. With all the virtuosity of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper performing an inverted atomic drop, he grapples with the many dimensions of Carpenter’s movie. From the critical, political and schizoanalytical to the simulacral and tonsorial, his short book chews bubble gum and kicks ass."

Vol. 1 Brooklyn

There's a new review of Primordial: An Abstraction in Vol. 1 Brooklyn written by Gabino Iglesias, who says some nice things about me. Here's one of them: "D. Harlan Wilson is one of those rare voices in contemporary fiction that deserves to be called incomparable. He understands strange, intelligent fiction and stands in the middle of it, pushing out in all directions like a rhizomatic monster that demands new space." Read the full review here.

Goodreads Giveaway

There is a Goodreads giveaway for an autographed copy of my upcoming campus novel Primordial: An Abstraction. It begins today, August 29, and runs for two weeks. Enter the giveaway here.

Extrapolation Call for Reviewers

The following works of SF/F criticism are currently available for review in Extrapolation. As always, if we haven't worked together before, please tell me about yourself (i.e., your field of interest or specialty) and I'll try my best to accommodate you. I'd really appreciate it if somebody was able to review Ukranian Science Fiction, which I've had on my shelf for awhile. I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer. Best wishes for the Fall semester.

Walter Smyrniw. Ukranian Science Fiction.
Frenchy Lunning, ed. Mechademia 8: Tezuka's Manga Life.
Paul Kincaid. Call and Response.
Nicholas Michaud and Jessica Watkins, eds. Jurassic Park and Philosophy: The Truth Is Terrifying.
Jonathan Eller. Ray Bradbury Unbound.
Samuel R. Delany. The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch.
Sonia Fritzsche, ed. The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film.

Review of Primordial

Daulton Dickey has written a smart, thorough review of Primordial: An Abstraction, calling it "a fierce, aggressive and philosophical gem of a novel" and "one of the best books of the year." Read the full review at Dickey's blog Lost in the Funhouse.

Author Photos

Complements of artist and author Goodloe Byron, here are the author photos for my upcoming fiction collections, Battle without Honor or Humanity, which will be published in two volumes by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2015 and 2016.




Chapter 42 of Primordial

Here's the forty-second chapter of my upcoming novel, Primordial: An Abstraction, regarding the exploits of a college professor who is sent back to school for practicing a "questionable mode of pedagogy" and writing a "toxic strain of theory." The book will be published in paperback and kindle editions on September 3 and is currently available for preorder directly from Anti-Oedipus Press.

42

“There’s going to be a fire drill today.”

“What?”

Timidly, tentatively, my roommate repeats himself.

“A fucking fire drill? Are you kidding me?”

“A fire drill,” he says. “Nobody knows when it’s going to happen. Everybody’s betting on when it’s going to happen. Some people are, like, I don’t know . . . scared.”

“Scared?”

He nods gravely. “Yeah. You know. Because of the sound. It’s gonna be loud.”

“Loud?”

He nods again.

“Are you fucking kidding me?”

He shakes his head.

I go talk to a Dean of something.

“What’s this shit about a fuckin’ fire drill?”

“Fire drill?” says the Dean. But he obviously knows there’s going to be one.

“Fuck your fire drill. If I hear a fucking fire drill today I swear to god I’m gonna burn this goddamn hellhole to the ground! Dipshit!”

The Dean plays dumb for awhile longer. Eventually I get him to promise there won’t be a fire drill.

When the fire alarm goes off, I’m sitting in ENG 801: Introduction to Graduate Studies.

Everybody screams.

“Stay calm!” exclaims the professor. “Stay in your seats, by God!”

Everybody stays in their seats.

The professor charges across the classroom towards the door. Students try to trip him and take out his legs. He’s light of foot in spite of a terrific belly. Nobody even touches him.

The alarm is loud. My roommate was right. I’m scared.

The door won’t open. The professor pounds on it and hollers for somebody in the hallway to open it.

Nobody opens it.

The students can’t stand it any longer. They leap out of their chairs and make for the door.

They press against the professor, squeezing him into the cold wood.

His cheek presses against the glass window in the door, emboldening a popped blood vessel.

He moans.

The lights start blinking.

The floor starts shaking.

We slide across it in slow time.

Unexpectedly, the professor collapses over a desk. I try to help him up. He shoos me away.

The fire alarm won’t stop.

There might be a real fire somewhere.

Somebody says they see a fire out the window. “A real one,” they emphasize.

We run to the window, trampling the professor. He begins to cough and choke. Long strands of plasma extend from his open mouth.

Next door a building is on fire. I don’t even know what building it is even though I have used several of the toilets inside of it.

Venomous flames hiss and buckle in every exploded window and doorway.

There are people on the roof.

They’re all on fire.

They screech and wail as they run back and forth like angry swarms of fireflies. Sometimes they crash into one another and fall off the roof.

The fire alarm keeps ringing even when the firemen show up, put out the fire, help the people, and go back to the fire station. Two days later it’s still ringing.

Then it stops.

Review of Primordial

Author and editor Geoff Nelder has written a great review of my upcoming campus novel Primordial: An Abstraction. The book will be published in September by Anti-Oedipus Press. Here's Nelder's conclusion:

"This is one of those rare novels you can treat like a poetry book and take off the shelf for a random dip when you need your complacency stirred. Completely recommended for all aficionados of the bizarro genre or if you are willing to have your brain tickled."

RDSP via Biblioboard

Raw Dog Screaming Press is the featured publisher in Biblioboard's innovative fiction catalog. A number of my titles made the list.





The Magician and the Stage

I haven't posted any of my daughter Maddie's flash fiction on my blog for awhile, but she has still been writing a lot. Here's one of her latest pieces:

The Magician and the Stage

There was a magician named David. And he was going to pull a rabbit out of his hat. But when he got on stage, he decided to pull a frog out of his hat. But then he reached his hand into the hat and pulled out a bird.


Rampike

My story "Incendiary" appears in the latest issue (Vol. 23, No. 1) of Rampike, which focuses on explorations of conflict and discord. Rampike is a Canadian magazine affiliated with the University of Windsor. Over the years, it has published interviews and works by many internationally acclaimed writers, among them William S. Burroughs, Jacques Derrida, Kathy Acker, Paul Auster, Marshall McLuhan and David Foster Wallace. "Incendiary" will appear in Vol. 1 of my upcoming fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity.

Two-Week Shred

I’m doing a two-week shred to bring out the abs for the summer. Basically this amounts to three days of a low carb diet interrupted by one day of moderate carb intake with increased cardio. Alas, I shall not go without my evening wine (this works for me—it may not work for others). Here’s a sample of a low carb day:

WAKE-UP
Coffee!

A.M. CARDIO
30 minutes (fasted)

MEAL 1
Low sodium V-8
Vitamins 

MEAL 2
4 scrambled eggs + diced scallions
1/2 cup blueberries 

MEAL 3
1 scoop Monster Pump NOS energy catalyst

WEIGHT-TRAINING WORKOUT
45-60 minutes

MEAL 4
2 scoops EAS whey protein
1 carbmaster yogurt
2 cups broccoli

MEAL 5
10 oz. red wine!

MEAL 6
15 oz. tilapia
3 cups baby spinach
8 cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

MEAL 7
2 tbsp. Natural Skippy peanut butter
1 Sargento Light string cheese

This tabulates to about 1,500 calories per day with a carb intake of 40 or so grams. I should be eating more protein in order to retain muscle, but I try not to eat too much protein if I’ve dropped my carbs—bad for the liver. Learn more about diet and exercise in The Biographizer Trilogy.


Deep Ends

The second installment of Rick McGrath's anthology of Ballardicana will be published later this year by The Terminal Press. My oneirograph "Geometry of Mourning" will appear in it alongside tons of JGB experts and aficionados, including JGB's daughter Bea as well as Ballard himself (McGrath procured the rights to a previously unpublished prose poem called "Crystal of the Sea"). Also included will be work from Iain Sinclair, Umberto Rossi, Mike Holliday, Peter Brigg, and many others. I'm so proud to be a part of this book. Note the flipper on the (temporary) cover—a drawing by Fay Ballard.

To tide you over before the release of Deep Ends, be sure to check out the first installment, The J.G. Ballard Book, a singular mosaic of interviews, articles, bibliographies and thought experiments that features color photographs and illustrations in addition to original correspondences between Ballard and various Ballardians.

Galaxies

As the editor-in-chief of Anti-Oedipus Press, one of my goals is to reissue exceptional out-of-print novels so that they may be taught in the classroom. I am particularly interested in out-of-print science fiction novels that chart new territory and break the rules and codes of the genre. Earlier this year, A-OP released a new paperback edition of Barry N. Malzberg's Galaxies, a truly unique science metafiction novel originally published in 1975, and in 2015, A-OP will do likewise with A Short, Sharp Shock, a work of surreal science fantasy that may be Kim Stanley Robinson's strangest novel to date. I have taught both books in SF courses before. Not only did they make for good lectures and discussions while facilitating my pedagogical m.o.—students really liked them, too.

Free desk copies for A-OP books are always available for people who may want to teach them. Simply contact our publicity manager, Stan Ashenbach, at antioedipuspress@yahoo.comA-OP is a non-profit publisher; monies made are used for author royalties and promotions.

Call for Reviewers

The following books are available for review in Extrapolation. As always, if we haven't worked together before, please send me an email explaining who you are and why you are qualified to review a particular book. Thanks!

Charles L. Adler. Wizards, Aliens & Starships: Physics & Math in Fantasy & SF.
Karen Burnham. Greg Egan.
Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson, eds. Green Planets: Ecology & SF.
Thomas Clareson & Joe Sanders. The Heritage of Heinlein.
Robert Horton. Frankenstein. (Cultographies Series.)
Lauren J. Lacey. Women Writing Fantastic Fiction.
Peter Lang. Ukranian Science Fiction.
Frenchy Lunning, ed. Mechademia 8: Tezuka's Manga Life.
Joshua Raulerson. Singularities: Technoculture, Transhumanism & SF in the 21st Century.
John R. Stilgoe. Old Fields: Photography, Glamour and Fantasy Landscape.
J.P. Telotte. Science Fiction TV. (Routledge Television Guidebooks).
Jeffrey Weinstock, ed. The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters.

Extrapolation 55.1

The Spring 2014 issue of Extrapolation is out. My review of Samuel Francis's The Psychological Fictions of J.G. Ballard appears in it alongside a lot of other great reviews. Major essays include the following:
Mark Barr. "'Two Sought Adventure': Fritz Leiber and the Architecture of Fantasy." 
Lars Schmeink. "On the Look-Out for a New Urban Uncanny: An Interview with China MiĆ©ville." 
Helen Young. "Critiques of colonialism in Robin Hobb's Soldier Son Trilogy."
James Campbell. "Fear of a Stupid Planet: Sexuality, SF, and Kornbluth's 'The Marching Morons'." 
Nicolas Labarre. "Alien as a Comic Book: Adaptation and Genre Shifting."
In the next issue, I will review Rick McGrath's The J.G. Ballard Book.