Stranger on the Loose

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Eraserhead Press, 2003 - Fiction - 220 pages
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In this collection of stories, D. Harlan Wilson deconditions the boundaries of reality with the same offbeat methodology that energized his first book The Kafka Effekt. Stranger on the Loose is an absurdist account of urban and suburban social dynamics, and of the effects that contemporary image-culture has on the (in)human condition. These stories operate on a plane of existence that resists, and in many cases breaks, the laws of causality. Parrots teach college courses. Fl?neurs impersonate bowling pins. Bodybuilders sneak into people's homes and strike poses at their leisure. Passive-aggressive glaciers and miniature elephant-humans antagonize the seedy streets of Suburbia. Apes disguised as scientists reincarnate Walt Disney, who discovers that he is a Chinese box full of disguised Walt Disneys . . . Wilson's imagination is a rare specimen. The acorns of his fiction are planted in the soil of normalcy, but what grows out of that soil is a dark, witty, otherworldly jungle.

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User Review  - RA Harris - Goodreads

I already knew Wilson was a great writer before I read this book. It just reinforced that percept. Some fantastic short, even flash, pieces of writing that take absurdity to a new level. Coming up ... Read full review

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User Review  - Douglas Hackle - Goodreads

Like his first short story collection (The Kafka Effekt), Stranger on the Loose displays D. Harlan Wilson's deft skills as a modern master of absurdist humor and satire. A good number of these stories ... Read full review


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Wilson is working on his PhD in Twentieth Century American Literature and Theory. He has received two M.A. degrees one in English and one in Science Fiction Studies.

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