James B. Hall

James B. Hall

James Byron Hall (b. 1918) is an American novelist, short-story writer, and poet. He attended Miami University, the Univeristy of Hawaii and the University of Iowa. Hall has received many awards, including the Drue Heinze Prize and the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts poetry award in 1992.

Us He Devours

Fiction by James B. Hall

These fourteen stories are the work of a writer whose exploitation of the language for artistic effect is extraordinary. The visionary, the poetic, the humorous and the surrealistic inform each story, and yet there is no terror merely without responsible intelligence. A maiden lady steals from a bank to buy gifts for a goat which appears at night outside her window; a young married couple “adjust” to our world of time payments and credit; a writer makes his living by selling parts of his own body to unsuspecting insurance companies; a “bandit” is obsessed by the contents of freezers, and steals to feed a river; a doctor takes his dying, extroverted old father away from the home place, and in the process sees the first intimations of his own death.…
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