William Dunlap is an artist, arts commentator, and educator, with a career spanning more than three decades. He says of his work, “When asked, I call what I do Hypothetical Realism. The places and things I paint are not real, but they could be. The same holds true for Short, Mean Fiction.” All the stories in this book are figments of an active, if not fertile, imagination. They are fictions through and through. The drawings scattered throughout this volume are not illustrations, but live in the sketchbooks where Dunlap first wrote the stories, forgot them, then found them again. Dunlap joins us Sunday, October 29 at 2pm for an afternoon of short, mean fiction.
Lee Smith describes them as “brilliant, terrifying, and often very funny stories…filled with surprises as he examines the human condition in all of its manifestations and then some.”
Like tales from the Old Testament, these stories are mean, rampant with sex, violence, and death. All are figments of an active, if not fertile, imagination, and brevity may be their greatest charm. They are fictions through and through.