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Hardcover Edition of D. Harlan Wilson’s Pseudo-City Released



Pseudo-City by D. Harlan Wilson
Raw Dog Screaming Press
5103 72nd Place • Hyattsville, MD 20784 • 301-577-3840
226 pages, trade hardcover, $29.95
ISBN: 1-933293-02-0
Release Date: April 2005

Raw Dog Screaming Press is proud to release the hardcover edition of D. Harlan Wilson’s fourth book, Pseudo-City, a collection of twenty-nine short stories and flash fiction set in an imaginary, post-real city that is a hauntingly satirical version of our own mediatized reality. This book is distributed through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertram’s UK, and direct from the publisher. For a limited time, signed copies are available for purchase at a discount rate from the author. Visit for details.

The author will be making several appearances throughout 2005 in support of this release. In April, he attended the World Horror Convention in New York City. Throughout the summer he will be conducting readings and signings at various bookstores in the Midwest. August 19-21 he will attend Horrorfind Weekend in Baltimore. Wilson’s countrywide publicity will conclude over Halloween Weekend at the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wilson is known as a pioneer of the literary genre irrealism. Deftly blending elements of postmodernism, the absurdist movement, and genre fiction, Wilson crafts worlds that are a reflection of the ultraviolent, intrusive media that bombard us on a daily basis. Those who enjoy satire and dark fiction will be attracted to what Pseudo-City offers. This book will be of special interest to fans of Franz Kafka, William S. Burroughs, and Kurt Vonnegut.

In addition to author appearances, Pseudo-City will also be promoted through display ads in magazines, banner adds, catalogs, direct mail, and interviews. Visit the author’s website at as his public appearance information is updated regularly.


D. Harlan Wilson is a fiction writer and professor of literature. He has published over 100 stories in magazines, anthologies and journals throughout the world, and he is the author of The Kafka Effekt (2001) and Stranger on the Loose (2003). Both are collections of short stories and flash fictions published by Eraserhead Press. This year Raw Dog Screaming Press will release Pseudo-City, a story-cycle set in an imaginary, post-real metropolis. Wilson is also the author of Irrealities, an anthology of his collected fiction, and a forthcoming novel, Dr. Identity.

In 1997 Wilson received a M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and in 1998 he received a M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool. This year he received his Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University. Prior to his graduate studies he worked as an international salesman, a model and actor, a casino dealer, a security guard, a garbage man, a tax collector, a sommelier, a town crier, and a flâneur. Currently he skulks around the bowels of lower Michigan teaching college writing and literature.


In Pseudofoliculitis City nothing is as it seems and everything is as it should be. Today’s forecast calls for extreme confrontation, with sandwich flurries and the threat of handlebar mustaches to the west. By turns absurd and surreal, dark and challenging, Pseudo-City exposes what waits in the bathroom stall, under the manhole cover and in the corporate boardroom, all in a way that can only be described as mind-bogglingly irreal.



“Only D. Harlan Wilson could make a stick figure more entertaining than most human beings. I haven’t read a Wilson story I didn’t go bug-eyes over. He delivers the surreal like no other writer working today, and his latest book is the master surrealist at his best. Pseudo-City is an ingenious subversion—the sort of book that has the power to change your entire perception of the everyday world. You’ll be laughing when you read it, wondering if you’ve just tipped over into madness. But you won’t care because it feels so damned good. Enjoy the vertigo, folks!”
—Michael Arnzen, author of 100 Jolts and Play Dead

“These intermeshed parables of madness and disjunction are funny the way that fever-dream of the naked fetuses squirming silently on a sidewalk you had last night is funny—when you think back on it sometime around noon today. At the brain stem of this impressive, relentless, heterologic schizopolis crouches a reptilian complex that would make Kafka, Burroughs, Bataille, and Leyner grin in recognition and admiration.”
—Lance Olsen, author of Hideous Beauties and Tonguing the Zeitgeist

“Pseudo-City is silly, bizarre, and completely over the top. Much of the book takes a slice of our own world, distorts it almost beyond recognition, and then creates a clever sarcastic spin on the story by having some extremely wacky characters play out the situation. No issue is taboo . . . This book reads like a deeply sarcastic stand up comedy act.”
—Tami Brady, Blether

Stranger on the Loose

“D. Harlan Wilson has carved out a fictional style that is completely without peer. Fans of the surreal, the irreal, the weird and the absurd—not to mention anyone who is tired of the giant cookie cutter that is contemporary fiction—should sit up and take notice.”
—William I. Lengeman III, Terror Tales

“Satirical, lyrical, and above all clever, these stories shine . . . The mood is dark, the satire is priceless, and this book is a must buy.”
—Susie Hawes, Crossroads Magic

The Kafka Effekt

“This collection, simply stated, encouraged me to use parts of my brain that I don’t think I’ve used since my teenaged years. It reopens the mind to the discussion of existence while encouraging and entertaining the profound powers of the imagination. I mean this as the highest compliment to D. Harlan Wilson when I say that, in The Kafka Effekt, he shows himself to be a Dr. Seuss for adults. He is clearly encouraging us to continue to push to new levels of thought and imagination—only in this case the Hat is in the Cat.”
—G. Wells Taylor, Wildclown Chronicle


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