“Dark storm clouds are visible now and they’re moving in fasttime across the iridescent sky. The camera focuses on the clouds for three beats, then cuts to a long, down-angle shot on me. I’m standing alone on the porch of the house on the crescent beach. By degrees the camera moves in to an extreme close-up on my face, which is exhibiting the vexed expression of a soap opera star just before the scene cuts to a commercial. But I’m not vexed. I’m trying to remember my next line . . .”//jackmag
“We are obligated by the pathological unconscious to always choose to be enslaved by capital and its hi-tech arsenal. The universe of consumer-capitalism, Wilson argues, is an illusory prison from which there is no escape—despite the fact that it is illusory.”//sfwa
“He has received two M.A. degrees, one in English from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, the other in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool. When he is not impersonating an academic, he writes stories.”//ereader
“D. Harlan Wilson (born September 3, 1971 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American short-story writer and novelist whose body of work is typically associated with the genres of irrealism, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and Bizarro fiction. Elements of splatterpunk, absurdism, literary fiction, ultraviolence, and postmodernism deeply inform his writing, too.”//wiki
“Irreal fiction combines dreamlike imagery with an absurdist sentimentality in order to represent and expose the latent desires and perversions of the human condition. It depicts imaginary worlds in which the cause and effect schema that you and I are subject to in the real world is sometimes subtly, sometimes brazenly out of whack. And yet effective irreal fiction connects with readers, reminding them of their own existence and experience. The ideal irreal fiction, in my opinion, both alienates readers and provokes them to empathize with its characters—ideally against their will.”//theroseandthorn
“In D. Harlan Wilson’s apt hands, reality is exposed as a fine thread unraveling along the frayed ends of our troubled perception by characters whose transformations and absurd predicaments remind us uncomfortably of our own. Neither realism nor fantasy, Wilson’s storytelling unrepentantly dares the reader to shadow dance between both extremes.”//identitytheory
“Head down, I weave my way through the interstices of the buzzing crowd, take a wrong turn and find myself in a dank elephant shithouse. Pinching my nose, I get out of there, get lost again, this time in somebody’s dressing room, as much a maze as everywhere else in this place. Convinced there is no way out, I collapse into a not uncomfortable Naugahyde chair and stare at myself in a dusty, dimly lit mirror. And minutes, possibly hours later, someone enters behind me.”//dhw
“1. Bizarro, simply put, is the genre of the weird.
2. Bizarro is literature’s equivalent to the cult section at the video store.
3. Like cult movies, Bizarro is sometimes surreal, sometimes goofy,
sometimes bloody, and sometimes borderline pornographic.
4. Bizarro often contains a certain cartoon logic that, when applied to the real world, creates an unstable universe where the bizarre becomes the norm and absurdities are made flesh.
5. Bizarro strives not only to be strange, but fascinating,
thought-provoking, and, above all, fun to read.
6. Bizarro was created by a group of small press publishers in response to the increasing demand for (good) weird fiction and the increasing number of authors who specialize in it.
7. Bizarro is Franz Kafka meets Joe Bob Briggs, Dr. Suess of the
postapocalypse, Japanese animation directed by David Lynch.
“Real life is insufficient. Real life is predictable and tedious. And people are too complacent, too stagnant; they reach a certain point in their lives and give up on themselves—intellectually, imaginatively, emotionally and psychologically. There aren’t enough jetpacks in the world. There aren’t enough sentient mustaches and mechanical pterodactyls and spontaneous science fictionalized kung fu fights.”//Dogmatika
“A tolerance for experimental fiction is a pretty solid requirement for enjoying this book. And even for those whose literary tastes run to this sort of weird flavor, the barrage of ideas is so relentless that one can’t really count on sitting down and reading it straight through. But, given those caveats, Stranger is an excellent chance to wallow in the stream of consciousness of one clever, creative sumbitch.”//theDiagram
“Anyway, if I can make readers laugh a little and maybe think about something in a new or different light, I’m happy.”//ozhorroscope
“Those dandies are trying to one-up us,” he whispered in his ear. “They think they’re better than us, walking around with their eyes nailed open like that. Just because they have money and we have squat doesn’t mean they’re special. In the end we’re all a bunch of poseurs. Who do they think they are?”
“I don’t know,” the flâneur whispered back, peering back and forth out of the corners of his eyes at potentially threatening shadows, “but that’s not the right question to ask. The right question to ask is–how are we going to react to it?”//dhwilson
““That’s that,” repeated the man in the neon zoot suit in a dull whisper, then turned with a quick jerk, like a man who wants to be alone with his dread.”//milkmag