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author notebook: Origins of Last Days of the Dog-Men

Seeing Eye: a story from Last Days of the Dog-Men

Bill: a story from Last Days of the Dog-Men

short story: Water Dog God

  Brad Watson's short fiction is powerful, humorous, and intelligent. The dogs that link these brutally honest stories together are the pawns, accomplices, and victims of human conflict. His wonderful characters are like the canine companions which inhabit these stories--tough, a bit reckless, and yearning for freedom. Sentences arise within these stories like moments of clarity, culling wisdom from the drama of daily life. Watson's writing is a reminder of the simple pleasure of a well-crafted story and these rank among the finest short fiction being written today. Last Days of the Dog-Men, which recently won the prize for first fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, heralds the debut of a master storyteller.

In this issue of Bold Type, we are thrilled to have two short stories from Last Days of the Dog-Men, "Bill" and "Seeing Eye," as well as an author notebook on the writing of this superb, unusual collection.

Photo of Brad Watson copyright © Rickey Yanaura.

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