D. Harlan Wilson
|D. Harlan Wilson|
D. Harlan Wilson during a reading at "Backlist Books" in Massillon, Ohio
September 3, 1971 |
Michigan, United States
|Occupation||Novelist & Professor|
|Genre||Irrealism, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Interstitial Fiction|
|Notable works||Dr. Identity, Peckinpah, The Kyoto Man|
D. Harlan Wilson (born September 3, 1971) is an American short-story writer, literary critic, editor and novelist whose body of work has been associated with the genres of irrealism, science fiction, fantasy, horror, bizarro fiction, splatterpunk, absurdism, satire, literary fiction, ultraviolence, and postmodernism. He is the author of nearly twenty books, and hundreds of his stories, essays, and flash fiction have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies in multiple languages.
Early Life & Education
Wilson was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he grew up and went to high school. He attended Wittenberg University on a partial basketball scholarship that summarily lapsed; he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity his sophomore year and never played basketball again. He majored in English and graduated in 1993 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. After college, Wilson worked as an international businessman and part-time model before returning to graduate school in 1995 at the University of Massachusetts-Boston to further his studies in English. He graduated with a M.A. in English in 1997. He moved to England and completed a M.A. degree in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool in 1998, then returned to Grand Rapids and taught high school during the 1998-99 school year, which saw the first appearances of his short fiction in publication. In 1999, he moved to East Lansing, Michigan to pursue a Ph.D. in English at Michigan State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 and is currently a Professor of English at Wright State University-Lake Campus.
Wilson is perhaps best known for his award-winning novel Dr. Identity and the subsequent Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance, both of which he has fancifully categorized as examples of "splattershtick," a form that bridges a metafictional, literary representation of ultraviolence with the silly, gimmicky realm of pop aesthetics. His writing intellectualizes the stupidity of pop culture in order to satirize western society and illustrate the degree to which reality has evolved into a cinematic nightmare. 
In addition to writing fiction, Wilson is a prolific reviewer and essayist and has published a book of science fiction criticism called Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction as well as a monograph on John Carpenter's They Live for Columbia University Press's cultographies series.
- Douglass: The Lost Autobiography (2014)
- Freud: The Penultimate Biography (2014)
- Hitler: The Terminal Biography (2014)
- Primordial: An Abstraction (2014)
- Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance (1st ed. 2009; 2nd ed. 2013)
- Blankety Blank: A Memoir of Vulgaria (2008)
The Scikungfi Trilogy
- The Kyoto Man: Book 3 (2013)
- Codename Prague: Book 2 (2011)
- Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia: Book 1 (2007) — Winner of the Wonderland Book Award
- Battle without Honor or Humanity: Vol. 2 (Forthcoming)
- Battle without Honor or Humanity: Vol. 1 (Forthcoming)
- Diegeses (2013)
- They Had Goat Heads (2010)
- Pseudo-City (2005)
- Stranger on the Loose (2003)
- The Kafka Effekt (2001)
- J.G. Ballard: Modern Masters of Science Fiction Series (Forthcoming)
- They Live (Cultographies) (2014)
- Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction (2009)
- The Cocktail Party (2006) - Co-written with director Brandon Duncan, this short, animated, rotoscoped film is a highly abstracted and philosophical (post)postmodern meditation on the narcissistic themes of consumerism, redundant self-analysis and rampant hypocrisy. The film won several awards, including a Platinum Remi Award (WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival 2007), Grand Jury Award Best of Show (Fear No Film Festival 2007), Best Student Film (Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee 2007), and Best Animation (ACE Film Festival 2007).
- Wilson is a direct descendent of James Fenimore Cooper and brother-in-law of D I Smith of the band Pilots of Japan.
- Official Website
- Literary Journal
- Select Interviews
- Book Reviews
- D. Harlan Wilson at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database