"Body toll notwithstanding, How They Were Found
is anything but bleak. For one thing, there's the prose: generous, urgent, rhythmic." --The Believer
"Bell knows how to keep his world in check, his every word balanced against another, delicately, like a system of weights."
"Bell has built a national reputation completely outside the support system of New York publishing, on the strength of his stories and novellas. He is that rare sort of writer the reader would recognize even if published anonymously." --HTMLGiant
"The characters are doomed. The stories are bleak. Yet they are written so beautifully that they become something else: an exuberant example of the power of language to transport and transform." --Shelf Unbound
"Bell, here, at the start of his career, displays the kind of intelligence, self-awareness, and care with regard to his prose that suggests he may become a major talent." --Jeff Vandermeer
"Reminscent of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Winter War in Tibet in its calm examination and unsettling embodiment of mental and physical extremes, How They Were Found is a dreamer's chronicle of the loss and partial recovery of a world given over to the wrecking ball. Fierce, unflinching, funny, How They Were Found is just the book we need right now, Matt Bell just the writer."
Laird Hunt, author of Ray of the Star
"How They Were Found offers a world with shifting rules, described with a lovely and deceptive simplicity. This guide shows you thirteen different types of wilderness, and you can spend all day exploring before you realize you are lost."
Amelia Gray, author of Museum of the Weird and AM/PM
"You're a robot if the stories in Matt Bell's debut collection don't exhilarate, frighten, and unalterably change you. His wild manipulation of form and genre makes the bulk of contemporary fiction feel bloodless and inert in comparison, but it is Bell's recurring arrival at something sturdy and true about human behavior that makes the stories in How They Were Found so rewarding and resonant."
Matthew Derby, author of Super Flat Times: Stories
About the Author
Matt Bell is the author of How They Were Found
, published in October 2010, as well as three chapbooks, Wolf Parts, The Collectors
, and How the Broken Lead the Blind
. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Hayden's Ferry Review, Willow Springs, Unsaid,
and American Short Fiction,
and has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Mystery Stories 2010
and Best American Fantasy 2.
His book reviews and critical essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, American Book Review,
and The Quarterly Conversation.