Ah, the wonderful world of bizarro fiction. A place where anything is possible. Anything at all. Located in a universe where the laws of physics and the rules of logic have little if any influence. For the uninitiated, an intimidating and often overwhelming place, to be sure. A place where the inexperienced traveler would do well to follow the lead of a tested and sure footed guide. And who better to the lead the way through such a strange and, on occasion, inhospitable land than one who has been there many times before and has returned each time to tell the tale? Who better than the author of such books as The Kafka Effekt, Stranger on the Loose, and Blankety Blank: A Memoir of Vulgaria? Who better than D. Harlan Wilson?
To give you an idea of what you're in for when you crack open a copy of the author's latest collection of bizarro fiction, They Had Goat Heads, I will reproduce for you here the first story in its entirety. It's entitled "6 Word Scifi." And it goes like this:
Mechanical flaneurs goosestep across the prairie.
That's it. And now we move on to the next one.
"The Movie That Wasn't There" is less than two pages long and starts out with the following paragraph:
I go to a movie and notice I'm starring in it. I don't remember shooting the movie, let alone auditioning for the part. I am not an actor.
And, hey, guess what? After that, it gets really weird. And stays that way throughout the entirety of the collection.
"Monster Truck" is a one page tale that centers around a man who wants to be - - yep, you guessed it - - a monster truck. One night he welded giant wheels onto his elbows and knees...
In "Quality of Life," a man visits a number of different doctors in order to get his nose to stop leaking....