Barry Hannah

Water Liars is the first story from Hannah’s classic dark comic collection, Airships. Despite writing eight novels, including the critical success Ray, he was mostly celebrated for his short stories. This continued with the collections Bats Out of Hell and the Pulitzer Prize nominated High Lonesome.

As further reading, I’d also recommend the powerful Testimony of Pilot (also from Airships) and the creepy Evening of the Yarp: A Report by Roonswent Dover, from his final collection Long, Last, Happy.

Hannah died of a heart attack in Oxford, Mississippi, March 2010, just days before his hometown was to have his work as the focus of an annual literary conference.