"Morgan’s work is at once ironic and sincere, a shining model of metamodernism on the short story level. ... he doesn’t treat his subjects with sardonic distance, but rather holds them close and hugs their feelings out. The goal is not to point at an absurdity and laugh, but get inside that absurdity and roam around."
-Heavy Feather Review
"...the era of stories that explicitly present themselves as absurdist philosophical inquiries, as Barthelme’s so often do, seems to be somewhat more behind us than ahead, with the brave, daring exception of the narratives of Dolan Morgan, which endeavor to make felt nothing less than the material void contained within each of our chests." / "...wildly alarming in a way that makes you remember the power that fiction, when executed with precision, can possess."
-Rita Bullwinkel, Guernica
“Dolan Morgan is eccentric, brilliant, radical, and a bit perverse: that we already knew. In this new collection he is also zealously obsessive. Over and over, organisms and other entities consume, absorb, impregnate, digest, gestate, house, eliminate, birth, and extrude other organisms and entities–or themselves. And the author himself seems to both consume and be consumed by his narrators. Cumulatively, these stories force their readers to submit to the truth: interior and exterior are mere conceits, and all of existence–including puny humans–is already inside out. Dolan Morgan’s writing makes my brain itch in the most pleasant way. Insignificana is an extraordinary book, a thrill ride of temporary madness and irrefutable sense.”
–Nelly Reifler, author of See Through and Elect H. Mouse State Judge
“Dolan Morgan’s Insignificana is a free-for-all wrestling match inside a lava lamp between Donald Barthelme, Amelia Aerheart, Nicholson Baker, The New York Times, and Slim Goodbody. The winner gets to be Dolan Morgan for a day. Insignificana is a stellar achievement in which he hijacks everything you never knew you wanted hijacked. In these pages, he creates the world anew, makes the world his own — as he always and only ever has.”
–Robb Todd, author of Steal Me for Your Stories
“Morgan debuts his refreshing talent in a collection of 12 short stories that are as bizarre as they are brilliant. Germanely punctuated by Robin E. Mork’s playful graphite drawings, the collection is driven by an idiosyncratic and absurd mind… ‘Experimental’ would be a misleading term for this one-of-a-kind book.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Dolan Morgan’s That’s When the Knives Come Down is a collection of short stories that seems to have missed almost everyone’s ‘Best of 2014′ list. This is a shame because its true place is at the top of these lists for its passion to discover new territories. Morgan is a brash talent not interested in running over ground already covered by Lorrie Moore, Lydia Davis, George Saunders and other luminaries with experimental flair. Morgan seeks something different, something along the lines of a lost continent to name after himself.” — William Lessard, Entropy
“This is a book full of strangeness, and strange books can come apart pretty easily if they’re not coming from an author with a careful control of his subject matter. That’s When the Knives Comes Down doesn’t come apart; instead, it takes an obverse, often thrilling tack in its defiance of what we normally think fiction is supposed to do.”
— Zach VandeZande, American Microreviews
"one of the most entertaining readers you’re likely to hear"
— Vol. 1 Brooklyn
— editor at Broome Street Review
“Between the moment you lose something and the moment you realize it has been lost is That’s When the Knives Come Down. In the spirit of Donald Barthelme, Dolan Morgan queers the every day and leaves a sinister domestic scene behind.”
— Catherine Lacey, author of No One Is Ever Missing
“The stories that comprise That’s When the Knives Come Down are unpredictable, wry, seductive, and breathtaking. The mysteries here are not metaphors, and Dolan Morgan’s worlds are not created in the service of our humdrum one. These places shimmer, expand, contract, blur, and somehow remain whole all the while.”
— Nelly Reifler, author of Elect H. Mouse State Judge
“That’s When the Knives Come Down is a series of broken parables, of roundabout answers to questions nobody asked, of dreams you can’t quite remember but felt so strongly about while you were having them. We are lucky to have these elusive things here, now, on paper, in front of us. Also, it’s funny.”
— Sara Woods, author of Wolf Doctors
“Dolan Morgan’s stories in That’s When the Knives Come Down are finely wrought puzzles of humor and grief and the absurd. Read them and feel fortified.”
— Manuel Gonzales, author of The Miniature Wife
“The multiple worlds Dolan Morgan creates sit atop a shifting, slippery, unpredictable darkness, one that means you’d better not get used to getting used to anything in these devilishly clever stories.”
— Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies
“Dolan Morgan has the might of a unique voice, and there aren’t nearly as many of those as you’d think based on book blurbs. But believe this blurb. Those who do not will be dumber for it and not know why.”
— Robb Todd, author of Steal Me for Your Stories
"Excellent fiction. Excellent."
review at Necessary Fiction
"All I know for sure is that I've not seen anything quite like it before."
editor at Eclectica
"...sharp and funny and moving and just filled to capacity with thought."
editor at apt
"Dolan Morgan is a crazy bitchass who doesn’t give a fuck."
review at Beach Sloth
“...daring and excellent...”
- Frances Badgett, Contrary Magazine’s fiction editor, on Kiss My Annulus
“...captivating and hideously beautiful.”
- Allison Ritto, Litterbox fiction editor, on Tuning Forks
“...highly lyrical and exceedingly hilarious...”
Florian Duijsens, Asymptote Journal’s Senior Editor, on How to Have Sex on Other Planets
"What happens if someone dies by accident?"
interview at Bushwick Dream
"...strange stuff begins to happen, but always just out of frame."
review at Literary Minded
"If you had to fistfight someone to pay off a debt, who would you fight? Further, who would win?"
interview at apt