Matt Bell (author)

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Matt Bell
Bell at the 2015 Texas Book Festival.
Bell at the 2015 Texas Book Festival.
BornAugust 29, 1980
Saginaw, MI
GenreLiterary fiction, dark fantasy, horror, experimental fiction

Matt Bell (born 1980) is an American writer. He is the author of How They Were Found (2010)[1] and Cataclysm Baby (2012).[2] He studied at Bowling Green State University. In 2012, he took a position as an assistant professor in the English department at Northern Michigan University,[3] and currently teaches in the English department at Arizona State University.[4]

Bell is the senior editor at Dzanc Books,[5] as well as the founding editor of The Collagist,[6] a monthly online literary magazine. His short fiction has also appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Conjunctions, Hayden's Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, Guernica (magazine), Willow Springs, Unsaid, and American Short Fiction. His stories have been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Fantasy, and 30 Under 30: an Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers.

How They Were Found was reviewed favorably in The Believer, American Book Review, and The Rumpus. At HTMLGiant, Kyle Minor wrote that "Matt Bell has built a national reputation on his own terms, completely outside the support system of New York publishing, on the strength of his stories and novellas, which are wholly original and singularly his own. He is that rare sort of writer whose work the reader would recognize even if were published anonymously. It is formally daring, high-stakes, languaged-up stuff, and (lucky us!), the best of it has finally been collected at book length."[7]


  • How They Were Found (short fiction) (Keyhole Press, 2010)
  • Cataclysm Baby (Mud Luscious Press, 2012)
  • In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods (Soho Press, 2013)[8]
  • Baldur's Gate II (Boss Fight Books, 2015)[9]
  • Scrapper (Soho Press, 2015)


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