"Writers aren't exactly people ... they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person." In Dennis Must's third story collection, Going Dark, the narrators mirror F. Scott Fitzgerald's observation by drawing the reader into their dissimilar yarns, earthy or exalted, practical or fanciful. An aging actor looks back on his life, but whose life does he recall? A couple finds a novel way to spice up their marriage, but then the fantasy takes on a life of its own .... Middle-aged men struggle to cope with distracted wives and terminal loneliness. They look back on hapless childhoods to come to terms with what drove their parents or siblings to suicide, infidelity, or madness. Post World War II Midwest is the predominant setting, and Must's poetic gift captures its moods, textures and odors and gives it form and substance in vivid colors and dramatic shades of gray. Their author has been variously compared to Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, Nathaniel West, and Nathanial Hawthorne.
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About the Author
Dennis Must is the author of two other short story collections: Oh, Don’t Ask Why, Red Hen Press (2007), and Banjo Grease, Creative Arts Book Company, Berkeley, CA (2000). His first novel, The World’s Smallest Bible, was published by Red Hen Press in March of 2014. His second novel, Hush Now, Don't Explain, was published by Coffeetown Press in October of 2014. His plays have been performed Off Off Broadway, and his fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary reviews. Born and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania—then a thriving mill town—Dennis graduated in 1956 from Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania. Following two years at Princeton Theological Seminary, he decided against entering the clergy to attend the playwright’s workshop at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Thereafter he taught at various locations in Pittsburgh and then in New York City, while writing, directing and co-producing his own plays with an artist collaborator, the late John Hawkins. Nightmoths, their final production, opened at Westbeth Theatre, Bank Street, Greenwich Village, 1974. After residing briefly in Maine, he and his wife, Aviva, finally settled in Boston in 1978—she to pursue her doctorate and he to seek permanent employment to support a new and growing family. There he co-founded a successful commercial real estate firm, Corporate Space, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President for over a decade. When the financial downturn occurred in the banking and real estate industry in 1990, the company closed its doors. In addition to writing, teaching, and selling real estate, Dennis Must has been a cabinetmaker, short-order cook, lightning rod installer, florist, bartender, bellhop, and a general laborer in a glass factory, steel mill, on highway construction, and on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Visit him online at www.dennismust.com.