Sidney Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in American literature and African-American narratives from the University of North Texas. He is the author of the forthcoming novel FOLLOW THE ANGELS, FOLLOW THE DOVES (March 1, 2020), Book One of a historical trilogy about the life of African-American legendary lawman Bass Reeves, and SIDESHOW, winner of Foreword Magazine’s Silver Award for Short Story Collection of the Year (2006). His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, such as The Carolina Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, The Cortland Review, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal, NANO Fiction, Prick of the Spindle, R.kv.r.y. Quarterly Literary Journal, The Southern Review, Stories from the Blue Moon Café, Volumes 1 & 2: Anthologies of Southern Writers, storySouth, and Waxwing Literary Journal. He teaches creative writing and African-American literature at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
About Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves:
Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an origin story in the true American tradition. Before Bass Reeves could stake his claim as the most successful nineteenth-century American lawman, arresting more outlaws than any other deputy during his thirty-two-year career as a deputy U.S. marshal in some of the most dangerous regions of the Wild West, he was a slave.
After a childhood picking cotton, he became an expert marksman under his master’s tutelage, winning shooting contests throughout the region. His skill had serious implications, however, as the Civil War broke out. Reeves was given to his master’s mercurial, sadistic, Moby-Dick-quoting son in the hopes that Reeves would keep him safe in battle. The ensuing humiliation, love, heroics, war, mind games, and fear solidified Reeves’s determination to gain his freedom and drew him one step further on his fated path to an illustrious career.