D. Harlan Wilson

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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

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

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

Fiction Collections

  • 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

  • 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Interviews". Dharlanwilson.com. http://www.dharlanwilson.com/interviews.html. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  2. Gurnow, Michael (2007). "Review of Dr. Identity". The Horror Review. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141008083359/http://www.horrorreview.com/2007/egdridentity2007.html. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  3. "Going LIVE Interview". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hqB63gVdLI. 
  4. "TheDreamPeople.org". dreampeople.org. http://www.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. https://web.archive.org/web/20140416181944/http://expiringsun.com/filter/motion/The-Cocktail-Party. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 

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