D. Harlan Wilson

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D. Harlan Wilson
D. Harlan Wilson reading at Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, Ohio
Born (1971-09-03) September 3, 1971 (age 45)
Michigan, United States
Occupation Novelist & Professor
Nationality American
Period 1999-Present
Genre Irrealism, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Interstitial Fiction, Literary Criticism, Literary nonsense, Biography, Theatre of the Absurd
Notable works Dr. Identity, Peckinpah, The Kyoto Man, Battles without Honor or Humanity
Years active 1999–Present
Spouse Christine Junker (m. 2005; div. 2015)
Children 2


D. Harlan Wilson (born September 3, 1971) is an American novelist, short-story writer, critic, biographer, editor, playwright and English professor whose body of work bridges the aesthetics of literary theory with various genres of speculative fiction.[1] He is the author of over twenty books, and hundreds of his stories, essays and flash fiction have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies in multiple languages.

Early Life & Education[edit]

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, model and actor 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. 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. Currently Wilson is Professor of English and Director of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wright State University-Lake Campus.[1]


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 literary, comic, ultraviolent form of metafiction. Much of his writing satirizes the idiocy of pop culture and western society, illustrating how "the reel increasingly usurps the real."[1][2] Taken as a whole, his writing is difficult to quantify and he has been said to defy categorization; some critics have called him "a genre in himself."[3]

In addition to writing fiction, Wilson is a prolific reviewer and essayist. He has published a book of science fiction criticism called Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction, a monograph on John Carpenter's They Live for Columbia University Press's Cultographies series, and a biocritical study of J.G. Ballard for University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series.

Wilson is editor-in-chief of Anti-Oedipus Press, reviews editor of Extrapolation (journal), managing editor of Guide Dog Books, and emeritus editor-in-chief of The Dream People.[4]



  • Douglass: The Lost Autobiography (2014)
  • Freud: The Penultimate Biography (2014)
  • Hitler: The Terminal Biography (2014)


  • Three Plays: The Triangulated Diner, The Dark Hypotenuse and Primacy (2016)

Stand-Alone Novels[edit]

The Scikungfi Trilogy[edit]

  • 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

Fiction Collections[edit]

  • Natural Complexions (Forthcoming 2017)
  • Battles without Honor or Humanity (2017)
  • Battle without Honor or Humanity: Vol. 2 (2016)
  • Battle without Honor or Humanity: Vol. 1 (2015)
  • Diegeses (2013)
  • They Had Goat Heads (2010)
  • Pseudo-City (2005)
  • Stranger on the Loose (2003)
  • The Kafka Effekt (2001)

Literary Criticism[edit]

  • Modern Masters of Science Fiction: J.G. Ballard (Forthcoming 2017)
  • Cultographies: They Live (2015)
  • Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction (2009)


  • The Cocktail Party[5] (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 over ten awards, among them Best Animation at ACE Film Festival.



  1. ^ a b c d "Interviews". Dharlanwilson.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  2. ^ Gurnow, Michael (2007). "Review of Dr. Identity". The Horror Review. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Going LIVE Interview". 
  4. ^ "TheDreamPeople.org". dreampeople.org. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  5. ^ "e x p i r i n g s u n". e x p i r i n g s u n. Archived from the original on 2014-04-16. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 

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