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.
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Published November 2, 2010
by Keyhole Press.
Literature & Fiction.