Anti-Oedipus Press • 2014
Paperback: 167 pages • 5 x 8 • $13.95 • ISBN 978-0-9892391-5-8
Kindle: $4.95


A nameless professor’s methods of teaching and scholarship become toxic; he is sent back to college to redo his Ph.D. and redeem his authority. This is only the beginning of terror. Life at the university isn’t what it used to be. Confronted by absurdity, redundancy, and pornogrpahy at every turn, the professor must struggle to follow the rules and be a good student even as he terrorizes the roommates, faculty, staff and administrators that threaten to undermine his rancorous will to power. Narrated in D. Harlan Wilson’s token “Hörnblower prose,” Primordial is an exercise in contemporary idiocy that rakes academia over the coals while plumbing the uncanny obscurities of existence and identity.


“D. Harlan Wilson has never been anywhere but the cutting edge of experimental fiction.” Book Riot

Primordial is the terse, angular coup de grace that The Campus Novel has been pleading for: a hilarious gonzo screed against the mediocre effacements of academia, a Monty Python riot broken by violent outbursts of common sense.” —JAMES REICH, author of Bombshell and I, Judas

“D. Harlan Wilson is an amazing (and very funny) writer. One never knows what to expect. Primordial is filled with unexpected pleasures.” —DEREK PELL, author of The Little Red Book of Adobe LiveMotion

“Provocative entertainment.” Booklist

“A bludgeoning celluloid rush of language and ideas served from an action-painter’s bucket of fluorescent spatter.” —ALAN MOORE, author of Watchmen, V for VendettaFrom Hell and Lost Girls

“Pomo cybertheory never tasted so good!” American Book Review

“Wilson writes with the crazed precision of a futuristic war machine gone rogue.” —LAVIE TIDHAR, author of Osama and The Violent Century

“If reality is a crutch, Wilson has thrown it away.” Rain Taxi


D. HARLAN WILSON is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, literary critic, editor, playwright and Professor of English at Wright State University-Lake Campus. In addition to over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, hundreds of his stories and essays have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies across the world in multiple languages. Wilson serves as reviews editor for Extrapolation, an academic journal of science fiction criticism, and managing editor for Guide Dog Books, the nonfiction syndicate of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Find him online at and