The End

"There is beauty in terror, beauty in theory, and beauty in the fiction of reality. Beauty in truth is harder to find in the factory or on the streets than in the tarn or on the fell. Only beyond the rubric of time and sanity can we begin to pollinate these unburied flowers of evil." —The Psychotic Dr. Schreber

Battles Giveaway

There's a new Goodreads giveaway for my fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 2. Click here to enter.

Sam Peckinpah Retrospective

Here's a cogent retrospective on the films of Sam Peckinpah. I siphoned a lot of this material for my short novel Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance, which was published by Shroud Books in 2009 and reprinted by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2013.

Dr. Identity Book Trailer

Recently I exhumed this book trailer for my first novel Dr. Identity. I had forgotten about it. Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2007, Dr. Identity won the first annual Wonderland Book Award for best novel.

The Roar of the River

I had the pleasure of reading Jorge Armenteros' upcoming novel The Roar of the River (Spuyten Duyvil 2017) this month. Verdict:

“Beautifully written and crafted, The Roar of the River is a mythic incantation of the relationship between nature and culture. Amerenteros evokes the dreamscapes and desires of Marquez, Joyce and Ballard while asserting his own distinctive voice.”

Extrapolation 58.1

The latest issue of Extrapolation is out. It includes reviews of David S. Roh et al.'s Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media, Isiah Lavender III's Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in SF, Andrzej Wicher et al.'s Basic Categories of Fantastic Literature Revisited, Frenchy Lunning's Mechademia 8: Tezuka's Manga Life, a critical edition of Jules Verne's A Priest in 1835, Ann Hiebert Alton and William C. Spruiell's Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works, Mark Bould's study of Solaris, Stanislaw Lem's Selected Letters to Michael Kandel, and Samuel R. Delaney's The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of SF by Thomas M. Disch. Essays in this issue include Jane Donawerth and Kat Scally's "'You've found no records': Slavery in Maryland and the Writing of Octavia Butler's Kindred," Zachary Showers' "Perennial Rule of the Masses: Class, Sex, and Decline in Ape and Essence," Jonathan Lewis' "Confronting Dystopia: The Power of Cognition in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and The Diamond Age," and Joy Sanchez-Taylor's "Interplanetary Diaspora and Fourth World Representation in Celu Amberstone's 'Refugees.'"

J.G. Ballard Webpage

Here's the page for my upcoming biocritical study of J.G. Ballard at my website. Coming November 2017 from University of Illinois Press as part of their Modern Masters of Science Fiction series.

The Projection Booth

Mike White recently interviewed me and several other specialists (including actor Keith David) at The Projection Booth about the film They Live. Listen to the show here. I discuss my cultography on the film as well as my education and some of my other books.

Review of Battle #2 in SDBR

San Diego Book Review has covered Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 2. Here's an extract:

"Battle Without Honor or Humanity will exist as a perfect snapshot of our imperfect times. Before he chose to check out of the Hotel California with a bullet to the head, Hunter S. Thompson chose to describe our time as the “Age of Doom.” D. Harlan Wilson provides the play-by-play of the game of Doom. Rape, death, terrorism, paranoia, monsters, impersonality, secret police and the false imaging of TV and movies—they are all here. These stories, or chainsaw sections of a violent conveyor belt, force the reader into thinking along the same paths or rivers as Wilson. This is the most dangerous journey since Ronny Cox plopped up, arm askew, from the river in the movie version of James Dickey’s Deliverance. . . . Wilson takes the curled strips of film left on the cutting room floor, splices them together and creates a monster movie. . . . A brilliant, challenging book."

Read the full review here.

David Ian Paddy on J.G. Ballard

I was very happy to receive this endorsement from David Ian Paddy for my upcoming biocritical study of J.G. Ballard. David is a Professor of English at Whittier College and the author of one of the best books I've read on Ballard, The Empires of J.G. Ballard: An Imagined Geography, which I referred to frequently.

"Did J. G. Ballard protest too much? In this engaging work, Wilson makes a compelling case that, though Ballard often distanced himself from science fiction, his entire oeuvre belongs to the genre, even if Ballard fundamentally changed the genre along the way to include the terrain of inner space and the science-fictionalization of everyday life. A wonderful reading of one of late modernity’s greatest imaginative writers."

My book will be released later this year as part of University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series.

Simon Sellars on J.G. Ballard

Simon Sellars has this to say about my upcoming book on J.G. Ballard for University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series:

"In this wide-ranging and accessible work, D. Harlan Wilson argues that J.G. Ballard is a writer who remained true to science fiction even as he claimed to abandon the genre. With clear-eyed intelligence and a deep understanding of his subject, Wilson builds a compelling case for Ballard as perhaps SF’s most radical innovator."

Sellars is the editor of Extreme Metaphors, the most comprehensive collection of JGB interviews, and editor-in-chief of, the most comprehensive website covering the Ballardosphere.

Extrapolation Call or Reviewers

The following titles are available for review in Extrapolation. We are looking for shorter reviews than in the past, ideally between 800-1000 words; full details are itemized in the review guidelines that will be sent out with each review copy. As always, if we have never worked together before and you are interested in reviewing a title, send a query to and provide me with a biography of your scholarship and academic standing. Please don't commit to reviewing a title unless you absolutely have time and intend to complete a review on or before the due date, which, for this batch, will be September 1, 2017. Thanks!

Canavan, Gerry, Modern Masters of SF: Octavia E. Butler
Rick McGrath (ed.), Deep Ends: The J.G. Ballard Anthology 2016
Marek C. Oziewicz, Justice in YA Speculative Fiction
Ewa Mazierska & Alfredo Suppia (eds.), Red Alert: Marxist Approaches to SF
Louis Chude-Sokel, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora & Black Technopoetics

Chris Pak, Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations in SF
Steffen Hantke, Monsters in the Machine: SF Film & the Militarization of America after WWII
Irena Grubica & Zdenek Beran (eds.), The Fantastic of the Fin de Siecle
Grant Wythoff (ed.), The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering & Scientifiction

Roger Whitson, Steampunk &19th Century Digital Humanities
Mike Ashley, SF Rebels: The Story of the SF Magazines from 1981-1990

Blurb for BIG CITY

Here's my blurb for Scot Sothern's upcoming Big City. It's by far the best novel I've read so far this year.

“In the latest work of art-prose from the incomparable Stalking Horse Press, Scot Sothern shows that he's not just a linguistic power-hitter, but a dynamic storyteller, too. There’s enough imagination on every page of Big City for an entire novel.”

Preorder the novel here. I've never read Sothern's work before and I was reminded of one of my favorite authors, Steve Aylett.

Battles Giveaway

Looking toward the publication of the complete Battles without Honor or Humanity by Raw Dog Screaming Press this year, there's a Goodreads giveaway for autographed paperback copies of volumes 1 and 2. Click here to enter. The giveaway will remain open until the end of January.

Against Literature as System

Prague-based writer and editor David Vichnar has written an excellent article on my oeuvre, Against Literature as System: D. Harlan Wilson's Splatterschticks, for 3:AM Magazine.