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NEW RELEASE: Notes From the Guts of a Hippo by Grant Wamack

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A rugged journalist by the name of Jay Robbins is sent on a mission to the dangerous jungles of Brazil to search for a missing hippopotamus researcher and a news story. Along the way, he stumbles upon a mythical breed of hippo, the Lastiz, which harbors another world within its guts and secrets he could only imagine. It won’t be easy though. With two elderly assassins trailing him and a bunch of notes, Robbins has his job cut out for him.

Published by Bizarro Pulp Press.

Available on paperback and Kindle.


The D. Harlan Wilson Book Prize

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The D. Harlan Wilson Book Prize is presented annually by Raw Dog Screaming Press to a collection of short fiction or a novel. Sponsored by Wright State University-Lake Campus, the award takes its name from author, editor, critic and English professor D. Harlan Wilson, whose body of fiction and nonfiction engages multiple genres and styles. Submitted works should demonstrate an aesthetic of genuine innovation and originality that stands comfortably alongside RDSP’s library of titles. The award entails a cash prize of $1000 plus publication by RDSP.

Click here for more information.


D. Harlan Wilson’s THE KYOTO MAN now available for preorder

Head over to the Raw Dog Screaming site to preorder a copy of D. Harlan Wilson’s THE KYOTO MAN, part three of the Sci-Kung-Fi trilogy. You have three options for how you get your TKM copy – paperback, hardcover, or limited edition signed hardcover.

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Plot synopsis:

In the wake of the Stick Figure War, civilization lapsed into obscurity. Fallout ravaged the fabric of space and time. History digested reality and reality exhumed the future as survivors tried and failed to create a new beginning … Amid the chaos, one man experiences a terminal affliction, a revolution of the self: the chronic transformation into the city of Kyoto, Japan. Each transformation further plunges the world into darkness, but he’s helpless against the lethal clockwork of his body, his psyche, his mindscreens—and nothing, not even Fate itself, can stop him from becoming God … In the third and final installment of the Scikungfi trilogy after Dr. Identity and Codename Prague, acclaimed author D. Harlan Wilson composes a narrative grindhouse that combines elements of science fiction and horror with pop culture and literary theory. Erudite, ultraviolent, and riotously satirical, The Kyoto Man reminds us how, at every turn, reality is shaped by the forces that destroy it.


Simple ways to get Bizarro books out there…

by Sarah Shaw

As a fan of the Bizarro literary genre, I want the authors and small presses that publish Bizarro to succeed. Part of this is letting readers know that the genre exists. Here are some things that I have done to help spread the word about Bizarro.

1. Reviews

After you read a book, review it. Post a review on Amazon.com, BN.com, your blog, your Facebook, Goodreads.com, anywhere really. Or shout out your review on a street corner and hand out written pamphlets with your review printed on it. I actually haven’t done the street corner thing, but you get the basic idea. Be honest in your reviews, I implore you. I’m leery when I see a debut author of any genre with 72 5-star, vague reviews. Honesty is really the best policy here.

2. The Library

I’m pretty much always strapped for cash, so I can’t buy all of the books that I want. Who can, really? But a great way to get a book in your hands, at least temporarily, is to request that your public library order it. Here is a pic of some of the books that my local library has ordered at my request:

 

 

All in all, seven or eight of the Bizarro books that I requested are now on my library’s shelves. Granted, they rejected at least 15 other requests that I made, but it never hurts to ask. If I can get a library in the middle of Alaska to stock some Bizarro, I’m pretty sure that other folks can do it too.

3. Social Networking
I’m a Facebook junkie, so in addition to all of the silly memes that I share, I also share links to small press websites, books on Amazon or other stores, reviews I’ve posted, etc. Several of my friends have been introduced to the genre because of one of my posts. If you use Facebook, use it to its full advantage and share links to books that you like or reviews that you’ve posted.
I don’t use Twitter. Tweeting is for birds.
4. Bookstores
I have the privilege of working part-time in a chain bookstore that has a “Staff Recommends” shelf. This past week, my first Bizarro recommendation (“Fistful of Feet” by Jordan Krall) went up on the shelf and is now on display. My next recommendation is on order and will be up there soon, as well. If you work in a bookstore that doesn’t have a shelf for staff recommendations, ask your store manager about getting one. Remember, it never hurts to ask…especially if you ask nicely.
So these are just a few of the things I’ve done to get the beautiful face of Bizarro out in the open. Of course, these tactics could help any small press or indie author of ANY genre. So get off of your ass and try some of them, or else that indie publisher that you love so much might not make it.
That’s all for today. Here’s a pic of two guys and a truck in some cereal to tide you over:

The Kyoto Man by D. Harlan Wilson

D. Harlan Wilson has a new novel coming out soon. The Kyoto Man is the third novel in his Scikungfi Trilogy.

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Wilson exploring the importance of page folds in House of Leaves.

Here is the plot summary:

In the wake of the Stick Figure War, civilization lapsed into obscurity. Fallout ravaged the fabric of space and time. History digested reality and reality exhumed the future as survivors tried and failed to create a new beginning … Amid the chaos, one man experiences a terminal affliction, a revolution of the self: the chronic transformation into the city of Kyoto, Japan. Each transformation further plunges the world into darkness, but he’s helpless against the lethal clockwork of his body, his psyche, his mindscreens—and nothing, not even Fate itself, can stop him from becoming God …

In the third and final installment of the Scikungfi trilogy after Dr. Identity and Codename Prague, acclaimed author D. Harlan Wilson composes a narrative grindhouse that combines elements of science fiction and horror with pop culture and literary theory. Erudite, ultraviolent, and riotously satirical, The Kyoto Man reminds us how, at every turn, reality is shaped by the forces that destroy it.

For more information please visit the brand new flash website for the novel:

www.thekyotoman.com


Raw Dog Screaming book release party – Morgantown, WV

Raw Dog Screaming Press, in association with Morgantown Poets, will be hosting a book release party Friday May 25 from 7-9pm at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC), 107 High St., Morgantown WV. The event is free and open to the public.

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Michael A. Arnzen (The Gorelets Omnibus) and Jason Jack Miller (Hellbender) will be joining the publisherto read their work. A limited number of Raw Dog Screaming Press books will be available for purchase.

Public parking is available near the MAC in the parking garage at the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut Streets and at the city lot behind 142 High Street (enter off Spruce). The MAC is accessible to individuals with special mobility requirements; schedule ahead at least two days prior to the event by calling 304-292-3325, or write to info@monartscenter.com.

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Morgantown Poets is an informal not-for-profit, all-volunteer community group that meets 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday each month at the MAC, providing literary enthusiasts in north-central West Virginia the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors. New writers are welcome.

Join on Facebook by entering “Morgantown Poets” in the search or join the mailing list at morgantownpoets@gmail.com.

Follow us on Twitter(@MorgantownPoets) or watch videos of past events on our YouTube channel.


Meanwhile, in Japan…

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