The Dog With His Head On Sideways and Nineteen Other Sappy Sentimental Stories (2021)
Fiction, 224 pages, $15.00
By Sandy Compton
Master storyteller Sandy Compton has gathered tales for decades, and from all around the world. These are 20 of his best. The Dog With His Head On Sideways is a collection years in the making.
The earliest story, “Redemption at the Hand of Alice Lundberg” was written in the 1980s. The title story was inspired by a village dog encountered near the Siberian oil town of Nizhnevartovsk in March, 2001, just months before 9/11 changed the world immutably.
Two late additions, “Two By Four” and “The Longest Day of the Year,” were found in the author’s archive of starts — many writers keep such — and finished during the crazy trip around the sun we will always remember as 2020. Sappy and sentimental they may be, but they are also well-told, thought provoking and rife with the sensibilities of love, honor and good will, which our world can certainly use in these times.