In the Valley of Dry Bones is an experimental narrative which employs alternative methods of exploring a subject’s psyche. The book utilizes appropriated journal entries, handwritten letters, and crayon sketches that were made in a Los Angeles psychiatric ward, following the author’s loss of a love. The materials have been repurposed and combined with original photographs to construct a hero's journey that is both biographical and a contemporary mythology as it inherits symbolism from cinematic history and the Western canon.

As a mythology constructed from manic materials, In the Valley of Dry Bones aims to bear witness to the dissonance between hope and apparent absurdity, placing yearnings for love and significance alongside a dread of loss and existential futility. 

In the Valley of Dry Bones

By: Joshua David Watson


Currently Seeking Publishers


Book Information:

6x9 in.

76 pages

37 images

With written material and two mini-zines tucked within the pages


Mini-zine Information:

5.5x8.5 in.

12 pages

Features 18 poems and writings, alongside dozens of pen and crayon drawings