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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This book is unusual, profound and hilarious¿even more so than Wilson¿s superb first book, The Kafka Effekt. The stories in this collection are fewer in number and longer than the ones in The Kafka Effekt, many of which are short shorts; the last story, in fact, is a novella about an eccentric quasi-nazi who trains animals how to smoke cigarettes for movies, among other things. If you like offbeat, absurdist literature, you¿ll love this book. Wilson¿s writing is dark and vivid, and he is an excellent satirist; he teaches you how to laugh at yourself and the world you live in. Do yourself a favor and check out his latest work. You won¿t be disappointed!