Brian Belefant used to be good looking, but now he has a dog, and not just any dog, but a friendly, goofball dog who loves everybody except Santa Claus. A lot of Brian’s writing deals with American cultural imperialism and untrammeled commercialism. Probably has something to do with the fact that he used to work as an advertising copywriter, spreading the gospel worldwide about Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Visa, and other proud American brands. His short story "The More You Take Away" will be published in Curious Corvid’s 2023 Spring Anthology. "The Beneficiary" is shortlisted for the Backchannels 2023 Fiction Prize.