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Blankety Blank

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Rutger Van Trout has worse problems than his mundane existence in the all-consuming, all-suppressing Vulgaria of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's not that his son might be turning into a werewolf, or that his daughter might be a nymphomaniac. The problem does not lie in his obsession with transforming his middle-class estate into a three-ring barnyard, nor in the shrunken head...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Raw Dog Screaming Press (first published August 15th 2008)
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Jeremy Maddux
There are several different ways to approach the reading of a Raw Dog Screaming Press book. There's the method of receiving the text openly as it arrives at you without questioning or dissecting, but merely taking it as it appears on the page, or 'grokking' it as Robert Heinlein referred to it in Stranger in a Strange Land. There's also the scholarly, analytical approach. All books from Raw Dog Screaming Press are throwing their metaphors and undercurrents at you, begging the reader to dwell in...more
Apr 05, 2009 D. added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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"If you had a time machine and could secure the living brains of James Thurber and Andre Breton ripped untimely from their skulls, run them through a juicer, then mainline the blended liquid neurons, you might become a writer like D. Harlan Wilson. In fact, I know with certainty that this is how he actually got his start. As evidenced by his new 'Memoir of Vulgaria,' Blankety Blank, we are facing a writer who can evoke howls of pity and tears of laughter on the same page, and generally within th...more
This was different than I expected. Almost felt like I was reading an anthology. I enjoyed the chapter Contemporary Juwes more than any other part. I'm a horror fan and there's plenty in that tiny bit. The brief histories of... where a very close second for me. I could read a whole book of nothing but those. I really enjoyed Blankety Blank, really really did. This was the first I'd read by D. Harlan Wilson, won't be the last.

I wish Blankety Blank had a book all about himself.

I also noticed the w...more
Dec 13, 2010 Alan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: More sophisticated and jaded palates than mine, perhaps
Recommended to Alan by: A pixelated cover
Things I learned from this slender, choppy novel:
* Axl Rose is a perfect anagram for "oral sex" (seriously—this may already be common knowledge, but since I'm neither a GnR fan nor all that good at anagrams, this is the first time I'd had that pointed out).
* I am sufficiently politically correct that I was disturbed by the phrase "with the grace of a quadriplegic" (p.140)
* If there isn't one already, there should be a named subgenre of surrealism called Trying Too Hard, of which this book is an...more
S.T. Cartledge
This book would be close to one of the best books I read this year. It’s really unusual. It takes reality to strange new places. Truth and lies blend into one superbly written ‘memoir’ about Blankety Blank, a serial killer in the suburbs. I used this for a case study at uni this year for an essay on postmodern representations of suburbia. The way it reaches out for those pure, idealistic 1950s suburban ideals, yet completely misinterprets them/bastardizes them, it led me to conclude that this bo...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

Regular readers know that one of the types of literature I try to take on here more than most other review places is so-called "bizarro" fiction (also known sometimes as "surreal," "Weird," and by a whole host of other names); but as you can guess, a big reason why so many review places mostly skip t...more
Josiah Miller
This is a highly absurd novel that is chalk full of slapstick humor. There were a few too many punchlines that fell flat for me. What really made this book, were all of the digressions and pseudo essays. They seemed to be better thought out then some of the vaudeville slapstick comedy used in the plot with the characters. Some of them were borderline brilliant and showed the imagination and intelligence of the author. I would've only given this a 1 or 2 star if it wasn't for the breaks in the pl...more
Dec 07, 2008 Jesse rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ripperologists
The author channels Kurt Vonnegut for this story instead of Philip Dick. I'm sure this makes great literary criticism, but it doesn't make much of a bathroom read. I'll just wait for the sequel to Dr. Identity...
Donald Armfield
A serial killer from a bizarro world that only Wilson could make up.
Rutger Van Trout haunts the neighborhood with a brilliant strange of oddness.
Nov 27, 2008 Meg marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
once agian, judged the book by its cover...but i'll read it soon!
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I'm a novelist, short story writer, lit critic, editor, publisher, and English prof. I'm serve as reviews editor for Extrapolation, a journal of science fiction & fantasy criticism, and managing editor of Guide Dog Books, the nonfiction syndicate of Raw Dog Screaming Press. I'm also the editor-in-chief of Anti-Oedipus Press.

Here are my published books: Hitler: The Terminal Biography (2014), ...more
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