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Arthur Bradford’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Esquire, and The O. Henry Awards Anthology. His first feature film, a documentary called How’s Your News?, is scheduled for release on HBO/Cinemax in spring 2002. He used to live in Austin, Texas, but now he lives in Vermont.

The debut collection of an O. Henry Award– winning short-story writer, Dogwalker assembles its cast from society’s misfits: the disabled and the blind, the hapless and the troubled, and all species of mutants—including a giant slug that almost breaks up a marriage, a preponderance of three-legged dogs, and a family of circus freaks who look remarkably like cats. Here, too, are hexes, voodoo, refrigerated dead puppies, and an unforgettable game involving a chainsaw. The stories in Dogwalker are narrated with surreal tranquility, with a pronounced lack of amazement at life’s vicissitudes and an affable acceptance of its strangest circumstances.

With a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and a sensibility as unique as his subjects, Arthur Bradford peels back a surface layer of depravity and violence to reveal a world of surprising gentleness, compassion, and innocence. In these twelve strikingly provocative and hilarious stories, he emerges as an utterly original new voice in contemporary fiction.