Moody looked for love for a long time before he found it. He looked in some, not all, of the wrong places and in quite a few of the wrong ways. It didn't make things any easier that, from the beginning of his search to the short-lived sweetness that marked its end, he was a terribly - and we do mean awfully - moody fellow.

But enough ado. Let us begin at the beginning. . .

"A wise, funny and strangely sad fable of love, art and life. Moody Fellow is a hero for anyone who's young and lost and yearning to be found."
- Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

"No one else is writing like Douglas Watson.
He's able to slip under the skin of our everyday lives and turn out the truth hidden beneath, with meticulous and careful words full of sympathy as well as great wit and humor. Part love story, part journey to self-discovery, part meditation on art and life and God and why the hell life matters, A MOODY FELLOW FINDS LOVE AND THEN DIES is the book you should be reading right now."
- Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief

"A welcome reminder
of the magical properties of fiction,
the way that Douglas Watson so perfectly captures the weirdness and slanted joy of one man's quest for love in such a compressed narrative. To use Watson's own fantastic words, this unique novel sent 'a shiver of pure animal nervousness' through me that exited via my fingertips. I'll be reading it again to recapture that feeling."
- Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

Douglas Watson is the author of a book of short stories, The Era of Not Quite, winner of the inaugural BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize. Watson's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in One Story, Fifty-two Stories, Tin House Flash Fridays, Sou'wester, The Journal, Ecotone, Salt Hill, Epiphany and other publications. His story "Life on the Moon" was chosen by Dan Chaon and Wigleaf in 2012 as one of the year's top 50 very short fictions. He was featured as a "literary debutante" at One Story's 2013 Literary Debutante Ball. He keeps a website at

A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies
by Douglas Watson
170 pages
$16.00 paperback ISBN 9781937402624
$9.99 ebook ISBN 9781937402631

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A Moody Fellow in the media:

"We know how the book will end. Moody will find love with Kate, and then he will die. But Watson's writing keeps a reader asking how? Why? He gives us an interesting de-vice of suspense, really, an ending presented right up front. It's less whodunit, more howdunit. . . This means hard work for Watson. It takes extra effort to keep a reader on his/her toes with the end of a book not in doubt. To accomplish this, the author's voice rings dry and witty, sardonic and melancholy. His sentences swoop and dip and dive, flying like the improvised piano pieces Moody himself plays throughout the story. . ."
- Brock Kingsley, Paste magazine

"I burned through this book in one day. It's rich in the many agreeable elements found in Watson's stories, only with the addition of the sustained concentration that comes with a novel's mass. As the title suggests, it chronicles the life and death of a moody fellow... Any attempt at labeling, I'll argue, simplifies this novel's nuanced ambitions. Watson takes big risks. Through sublimely serious play and playful seriousness, these risks spin out, threading humor into heartbreak. Watson's craft is as captivating as it is graceful. Please read this book. . ."
- Joseph Scapellato, from his interview with Douglas Watson, in Heavy Feather Review

The Open Bar at Tin House graciously hosts
a special extended excerpt of A Moody Fellow. Read on. . .

a "brisk, clever take on the coming-of-age debut novel. The tale embraces the absurdist, the satirical, and the metafictional, but at its core is a charming story about a boy who 'just needed to. . .start walking on the face of the earth instead of tiptoeing along a few inches above it.'" - Publishers Weekly

The English Kills Review reports on Douglas Watson's book launch at WORD Brooklyn

"Discovering Lewis Nordan is like falling in love for the first time, but it's safer, because ink and paper are safer than other people. . ." - Douglas Watson at Late Night Library

"What I hope readers won't miss is the soulfulness running right underneath the surface of the playfulness. Strip away the wit and glee and there's a bildungsroman about pain and yearning, about what it means to be let down by your community, and about the central unfairness of being alive. . . Watson calls to mind the best of Vonnegut, and I'm glad to give him a place nearby on my bookshelf." - Zach VandeZande, American Microreviews and Interviews

"This is the funniest book I've read in a long time. . . A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies is a love letter to boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, family, friends, art, the city -- and, finally, it is a love letter to any reader who needs a reminder that fine books can be written about good people trying to be good." - Benjamin Rybeck, Three Guys, One Book

"He loses his virginity within earshot of sleeping monks, plays piano for a ridiculous performance-art piece, falls in love and has it returned at least once. Watson's prose is fresh, self-aware and poignant (in the key of Spike Jonze)." - Hannah Stephenson, Bibliohio

"There are a few things that make A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies feel like a modern fairytale: its decidedly lyrical verse, the pithy unseen narrators, and the fanciful notions of people dropping dead upon seeing one of the most beautiful women to ever live. . . absolutely worth reading, including for the willingness to buck traditional expectations of narration and style." - Audrey Quinn, New Pages
". . .more than just a funny fable. Just 170 pages, the novel is filled with thought-provoking insights about the differences between male and female perceptions of love, the absurdities of the art world, and, of course, the troubled hearts of moody fellows." - Leland Cheuk, Necessary Fiction

The Moody Fellow Tour
Thanks to our hosts and supporters!

April 2, 2014
The Center for Fiction, New York
with Epiphany magazine

April 7, 2014
April 10, 2014
WORD Brooklyn
A Moody Fellow launch event

April 11, 2014
April 13, 2014
KGB Bar, New York
with David Gerrard

April 24, 2014
The Loaded Canon at Brooklyn Oenology, with Vanessa Gennarelli, Danielle Pollack, Paul Rome and Abby Ronner

April 27, 2014
April 29, 2014
Bookworks, Pacific Grove

April 30, 2014
Book Passage, San Francisco

May 1, 2014
Powell's, Portland, OR

May 3, 2014

Last but not at all least,
listen to Douglas read a short excerpt:

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