Fires is a collection of short stories framed by non-fiction about his difficult recovery. The cover photograph, which everyone loves, was taken by Brett Simison. Fires will be published by The Ardent Writer Press on June 7th, 2015. --This is the seven year anniversary of the car wreck that forced Dunlap start his life over from scratch.

Murray Dunlap's work has appeared in countless magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, as well as to Best New American Voices. The story 'Race Day' was a finalist for the American Fiction Short Story award, 2014.  The extraordinary individuals Pam Houston, Michael Knight, and Fred Ashe taught him the art of writing.

"Murray Dunlap is a brave writer, and an honest one. He serves up everything I want in a story: compassion, humor, substance, and style."

Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness

"Murray Dunlap’s voice is confident, his characters richly drawn, his sense of place as vivid as you will find in fiction. 
Sentence for sentence his prose is crisp and direct, edged somehow with both menace and hope."

Michael Knight, author of The Typist

"Reading his stories is about as close to having a storyteller there—present, in the room--as I know.  
This collection is full of heart, mischief, and sly winks."

George Singleton, author of The Half-Mammals of Dixie

"We can choose to look at Murray as the poor writer who suffered a traumatic brain injury. We can choose to look at him as someone who lost the kind of life it could kill a person to lose. Or we can choose to look at him as a writer who went through some shit and now has another story to tell."   

Kristen Tsetsi, author of Pretty Much True

Borrowed Steel  

I’m not this strong. I’m just not.
If God hadn’t loaned me a suit of armor, I would have been crushed.
I am alive because of borrowed steel.

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Dunlap's first book, Bastard Blue:

"Bastard Blue is finally a love story, between a young man and the place that made him, the southern culture that proves to be both a blessing and a curse."

 Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness

"Yes, Bastard Blue is a first book but there’s more than promise on display within its pages. This collection introduces us to a fully realized talent. "

Michael Knight, author of The Typist

"If possible, read Murray Dunlap’s Bastard Blue in a Louis XV style chair, near a subtle fire, or in an Adirondack chair, between peach and dogwood trees."

George Singleton, author of The Half-Mammals of Dixie
--and an anthology called What Doesn't Kill You...

                                                                                                           Dunlap spent most of his youth on Mobile Bay.

                                         See more of his photography at National Geographic.