“Hampton Fancher’s kaleidoscopic reality is delicately fractured, skewed, but rendered all the more true. Inhabitants of his world are both scheming strivers and wide-eyed dupes, shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves, who in all their strangeness churn up a wealth of tender feelings from the depths. The beguiling stories in The Shape of the Final Dog are set in a place where anything can happen—and things add up.”
—Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, author of The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite
“Hampton Fancher has worlds falling out of his sleeves. His fictions are full of irresistible stealthy voices, surreal U-turns, and vernacular wit—Buñuel meets Sherwood Anderson.”
“Darkly funny, seductive, essential stories that pulse in the imagination. In these fearless high-wire trickster tales, Hampton Fancher offers something rare and beautiful; he writes as Nijinsky once danced, willing to risk it all.”
—Mary-Beth Hughes, author of Double Happiness
"Hampton Fancher's stories don't just tap dance at the edge of the abyss: they tap dance while juggling while wearing a crab costume while channeling Shakespeare. They are absurd and real and amazing."
—Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances