Fires is a collection of short stories framed by non-fiction about his difficult recovery. The cover
photograph, which he loves, was taken by Brett Simison.
Murray Dunlap's work has appeared in about fifty 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. "Bastard Blue," his first book, was published on June 7th, 2011 (the three year anniversary of a car wreck that very nearly killed him...). 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."
"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."
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."