How They Were Found by Matt Bell

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In his debut collection How They Were Found, Matt Bell draws from
a wide range of genres to create stories that are both formally
innovative and imaginatively rich. In one, a 19th-century minister
follows ghostly instructions to build a mechanical messiah. In another, a
tyrannical army commander watches his apocalyptic command slip away as
the memories of his men begin to fade and fail. Elsewhere, murders are
indexed, new worlds are mapped, fairy tales are fractured and retold and
then fractured again. Throughout these thirteen stories, Bell's careful
prose burrows at the foundations of his characters' lives until they
topple over, then painstakingly pores over the wreckage for what rubbled
humanity might yet remain to be found.

Contains the story "Dredge," selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2010.

About Matt Bell

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Matt Bell is the author of How They Were Found, as well as three chapbooks, Wolf Parts, The Collectors, and How the Broken Lead the Blind. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Hayden's Ferry Review, Willow Springs, Unsaid, and American Short Fiction, and has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Mystery Stories 2010 and Best American Fantasy 2. His book reviews and critical essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, American Book Review, and The Quarterly Conversation. He is also the editor of the literary journal The Collagist and of Dzanc Books' Best of the Web anthology series. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife Jessica.
Published November 2, 2010 by Keyhole Press. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Creative Loafing Tampa

Bell builds the story out of several dozen short permutations: Red being eaten, Red eating, Red sacrificed by the villagers, and always there is howling.

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