Fires is a collection of short stories framed by non-fiction about my recovery. The cover
photograph, which I love, 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.
Dunlap is a brave writer, and an honest one. He
serves up everything I want in a story: compassion, humor, substance, and style."
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
Michael Knight, author of The
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."
"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