Fiction. In this novel, by poet and essayist Mark Wallace, a scientist creates gilled human monstrosities that are also avatars of the possibility of imaginative transcendence. Experimentation in language and in the laboratory produce equally vertiginous results. "In these worlds, ideas and narratives flurry madly and wink out like sparks, the dead walk, and the monstrous is never far away. Part Lovecraft, part de Sade, part B-horror movie, part philosophy, DEAD CARNIVAL is a schizophrenic and uniquely American Novel of Ideas"—Brian Evenson "Mark Wallace writes like John Hawkes dreaming of Paul Bowles having a gothic nightmare"—Ron Sukenick.
Mark Wallace is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of fiction, poetry and essays. TEMPORARY WORKER RIDES A SUBWAY won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and he has co-edited two essay collections on contemporary poetics. Most recently he has published a book of short stories, WALKING DREAMS, and a book of poems, FELONIES OF ILLUSION. Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, he currently lives near the beach in Carlsbad, California. Author City: SAN DIEGO, CA USA