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Dennis Must

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Born
in New Castle, Pennsylvania, The United States
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Faulkner, Brecht, Ionesco, Genet, Breton

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Dennis Must is the author of two novels: THE WORLD'S SMALLEST BIBLE, Red Hen Press, Pasadena, CA (2014), and HUSH NOW, DON'T EXPLAIN, Coffeetown Press, Seattle, WA (2014), plus three short story collections: GOING DARK, Coffeetown Press (August, 2016), OH, DON'T ASK WHY, Red Hen Press (2007), and BANJO GREASE, Creative Arts Book Company, Berkeley, CA (2000). His plays have been performed Off Off Broadway and his fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary reviews. He resides with his wife in Salem, Massachusetts.

HUSH NOW, DON'T EXPLAIN: 2014 Dactyl Foundation Literary Fiction Award.
2015 International Book Award Finalist in the "Fiction: Literary" Category. It was also shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Award.

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The World's Smallest Bible

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Hush Now, Don't Explain

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GOING DARK, Selected Stories

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Oh, Don't Ask Why

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Banjo Grease

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“There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. There are phrases from literary works that have a positively human personality. There are passages from my own writing that chill me with fright, so distinctly do I feel them as people, so sharply outlined do they appear against the walls of my room, at night, in shadows... I've written sentences whose sound, read out loud or silently (impossible to hide their sound), can only be of something that acquired absolute exteriority and a full-fledged soul.”
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Award-Winning Finalist in the “Fiction: Short Story” category of the 2017 International Book Awards

April 28, 2016 by Dactyl Review

I read Going Dark, Selected Stories by Dennis Must, (Coffeetown Press, 170 pages) I saw a realistic foundation in each s
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Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville
“All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life. And if you be a philosopher, though seated in the whale-boat, you would not at heart feel one whit more of terror, than though seated before your evening fire with a poker, and not a harpoon, by your side.”
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Herman Melville
“All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life. And if you be a philosopher, though seated in the whale-boat, you would not at heart feel one whit more of terror, than though seated before your evening fire with a poker, and not a harpoon, by your side.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, The Whale

Fernando Pessoa
“There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. There are phrases from literary works that have a positively human personality. There are passages from my own writing that chill me with fright, so distinctly do I feel them as people, so sharply outlined do they appear against the walls of my room, at night, in shadows... I've written sentences whose sound, read out loud or silently (impossible to hide their sound), can only be of something that acquired absolute exteriority and a full-fledged soul.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet




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