Walking through his own house at night, a twelve-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.

The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you’d rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost.

Sample from Mapping the Interior.


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Mapping the Int. of Mapping the Interior


Stephen Graham Jones’s chilling Mapping the Interior is like a twisted YA tale for adults, part S.E. Hinton and part Shirley Jackson. It’s about being young and broke, and that moment when you first wonder who your parents really are. The answers are out there, but they will leave you haunted forever
—Richard Kadrey


Stephen Graham Jones’s Mapping the Interior is a triumph. So emotionally raw, disturbing, creepy, and brilliant. You will not be unmoved. You will not be unaffected. It’s a ghost story in the truest, darkest, most melancholy sense. Stephen knows we are haunted by our parents, our families, and our shared pasts as much as we are haunted by ourselves; haunted by who were were, who we become, and who we could’ve been
—Paul Tremblay



cover_my-heroWhat do you do when your dreams come true? When you were twelve, camping out in the back yard, you told your best friend that if he could draw a superhero good enough, you’d give him the perfect words to say. And then it didn’t just happen, there’s even action figures now. Your comic book is on every shelf. And you live beside your best friend again. Your kids even play together, with those action figures. Watch them on the lawn, there. Take a snapshot, and then look over their heads, over the tops of the houses, past the city, past the world itself. Look at all the stars, at all the adventures waiting out there. What do you do when all your dreams come true? You close your eyes, so the dream can last. You close your eyes and you roll your hands into fists, and you try to hold on.

Illustrated by Aaron Lovett. Which is to say: it’s a comic book.

Letters by Sean Sapp, Kathryn S. Renta and Joshua Viola

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51GKm9xwelLThe Night Cyclist by Stephen Graham Jones is a horror novelette about a middle-aged chef whose nightly bicycle ride home is interrupted by an unexpected encounter.” A Tor.com original e-book, edited by Ellen Datlow. Thought up one night when I was cycling home at night, faster and faster, because I was pretty sure there was something faster behind me. As happens.



Order here / read here. Read reviews here (Goodreads)  |  LitReactor list here



rvw at Book Bum

Can’t figure how to link to this one, so I’ll just screencap it, and provide the link:


Some coolness:


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“Even as Stephen Graham Jones generates a dizzying range of brilliant fiction, his work has remained strikingly absent from scholarly conversations about Native and western American literature, owing to his unapologetic embrace of popular genres such as horror and science fiction. Steeped in dense narrative references, literary and historical allusions, and experimental postmodern stylings, his fiction informs a broad array of literary and popular conversations.

The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones offers the first collection of scholarship on Jones’s ever-expanding oeuvre. The diverse methodologies that inform these essays―from Native American critical theory to poststructuralism and gothic noirism―illuminate the exciting complexity of Jones’s narrative worlds while positioning his works within broader conversations in literary studies and popular culture. Jones challenges at every turn the notions of what constitutes Native American literature and what it means to be a Native American writer. Contributing editor Billy J. Stratton foregrounds this heavily contested question of identity and its ongoing relevance to readers and critics.”

Here’s the full cover:

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Only difference in the final copy is that the photographer, Gary Isaacs, will be on/with the cover, instead of on a page in the book.

Write-up over at Transmotion, looks like. And here.



Set in the deep South, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, and surprisingly funny novel that follows an unnamed narrator as he comes of age under the care of his aunt and uncle — who are werewolves. They are a family living on the fringe, struggling to survive in a society that shuns them: living in cars or trailers, moving every couple of months, eating from garbage cans, taking whatever work they can scrounge. Mongrels takes us on a compelling and fascinating journey into this dark and shadowy world, moving fluidly through time to create an unforgettable portrait of a yoy trying to understand his place in the world and in his close-knit family of outcasts. Never has the werewolf been so funny, so bloody, so raw and so real. Jones delivers a smart and innovative novel with heart.

— William Morrow

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With hints of True Blood and Winter’s Bone, and with lupine tongue tucked well into cheek, Mongrels is at once an adolescent romp through the tangled woods of family history and a rich compendium of werewolf lore old and new. Stephen Graham Jones gifts us with fun characters, imaginative set pieces and an immersive tour of the flat-broke American South that spares no plastic orchid or cable spool coffee table.
Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River and The Lesser Dead


You know how you once wished you were a werewolf? How you stood in front of the mirror and wanted to see a . . . transformation? Mongrels takes you by the hand, guides you down that road, finally, to that change.
Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box


Stephen Graham Jones has written a wondrous shapeshifter of a novel. Mongrels exists somewhere in the borderlands of literary and genre fiction, full of horror and humor and heart, at once a nightmarish road trip and a moving story about a broken family leashed together by their fierce love and loyalty. A bloody great read.
Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding


Mongrels left me speechless. Or breathless. Certainly without my dew claw. I mean, this book, it’s so smart, original, thrilling, horrifying, and human. A story about a broken family of werewolves on the run, never fitting in anywhere, trekking into the poorest parts of the southern US. And there’s that final, painful transformation, when they become your messed up werewolf family too, and you don’t ever feel poor or like a misfit. Not once.
Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock


Mongrels isn’t just a coming-of-age story or a horror story. It looks at the world through a disturbing, uncomfortable lens, and offers up a brutal mythology of werewolves. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I won’t forget it anytime soon.
Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series

 general (SGJ) werewolfery:

werewolf happiness:

[ go here for the YouTube playlist ]

A Mongrels playlist:

[ not the one I wrote the novel to. more like the songs that kind of go with the novel. annotated version here ]

And, an excellent, dreamy mongrel, via Jordan Dyke:

Jordan Dyke

[ go here for more like this ]

Amazing-cool art by Evan Cagle:

Get your merch here (click the image):

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Or, draw your own merch:


[ via @flyingwolfco ]


4176A6dXpeL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_From UNM:

“This collection showcases the best writings of Stephen Graham Jones, whose career is developing rapidly from the noir underground to the mainstream. The Faster Redder Road features excerpts from Jones’s novels—including The Last Final GirlThe Fast Red Road: A PlainsongNot for Nothing, and The Gospel of Z—and short stories, some never before published in book form. Examining Jones’s contributions to American literature as well as noir, Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.’s introduction puts Jones on the literary map.”

From me:

In 1995, I think it was, I was living in Apple Creek apartments in Denton, Texas with my new wife. I was in the PhD5 program at UNT, studying with William J. Cobb, a program I’d abandon momentarily for FSU. But, for the moment I was there, taking a critical theory course from a Dr. Preston (brilliant, wonderful dude; I still come back nearly daily to what-all he taught me), I was given permission to write a story instead of a paper. So of course I jumped on that, especially since it was my idea, my bargain, “I’m not a critic,” all that. Only guideline for the story was it had to engage or be in dialogue with some article or book we’d been reading for class. The story I kicked up—actually I kicked two up, both of which got published—was to be my first-ever publication in a national rag, “Paleogenesis, 1970.” That “1970” was how I completely disguised myself, as I’m born in 72. Nobody could ever see through a scrim like that, could they? The mag was Black Warrior Review, a place that’s steadily rejected me ever since then. And what the story was meant to be in dialogue with was some of the metafiction we’d been delving into—a house of mirrors it’s hard to find your way up from. Which is just all kinds of fun. And I mention this all for two reasons: one, that story’s included in here. First time it’s seen print in nearly twenty years. Two (really, there’s about to be three reasons). Two, this gas station in this story, it would be the setting for pretty much every story I wrote for a year or two after this, in one way or another. There’s this story I had back then “The Ballad of Stacy Dunn” that’s like this story, opening up into scenes. And there was a story called “Navasota Moon,” which is this story’s narrator in a different part of his life. And I wrote a story called, I think, “Thirteen” that got published in some departmental thing, I think, that’s also this narrator. I thought I’d found what I was meant to be doing, I mean. It’s a good feeling to have when you’re twenty-four. Anyway, the third reason I mention all this: all these stories in here, UNM and Theo let me do story notes for them, like I’ve done with some of my other collections. Only, this time, to insure they stay with the story if it gets copied out, instead of being stacked at the end, they each follow their story. Here’s the one that goes with “Paleogenesis, 1970”:

Paleogenesis, Circa 1970—The original of this is “The Ballad of Stacy Dunn,” a story I wrote to death in grad school. I don’t know why, but for some reason one of the most permanent images rattling around in my head, it’s of a couple slowdancing at a truckstop at night. Behind them are the quilted steel doors of a forty-foot trailer. And it’s a perfect moment. Too, this was the first story I ever had published, I think. Or, published in a big place: Black Warrior Review. And it’s hardly at all like the “Stacy Dunn” version. That one’s got all kinds of stuff going on, as I recall. This one’s just me sitting in a booth. Or, ‘me,’ I should say; putting that “1970” into the title at the last moment, that’s my super-hiding abilities (I’m born in 72). I think this is the story where I figured out what would become one of my principles with fiction, too: ‘grey’ is spelled like that. But also, the way the rain falls, in words, that’s also something I’m very attached to. I’m very interested in the bridges between fiction and this place. Permeable membranes, yes. I’m always trying to look through. And, I’ll forever remember BWR calling on the phone to accept this piece, and to say I was getting $175 for it. It was amazing. I stood there in my new, just-married apartment with my hand on the phone and I honestly felt like it was all beginning, like this is where it starts. And then the phone rang under my hand. I held it up to my ear. It was the police. My mom had had just been in a head-on collision in Midland, Texas. Right directly in front of the emergency room of the hospital, so they could just wheel her gurney right in from the street. When that call was done, I held my hand on the phone for a little bit more, waiting for whatever was going to happen next.

And, I haven’t compared, but I think the TOC is still pretty much:

1. FAST RED ROAD (excerpt) 
Lonegan’s Luck
So Perfect
The Wages: An Argument
Captivity Narrative
Father, Son, Holy Rabbit
To Run Without Falling
Discovering America
THE GOSPEL OF Z (excerpt)
The Parable of the Gun
Paleogenesis, Circa 1970
Interstate Love Affair
Decomposition of a Conversation
Rocket Man
Neither Heads Nor Tails
Rendezvous with Sula Prime
Little Lambs
Welcome to the Reptile House
Adultery: A Failing Sestina
DEMON THEORY (excerpt)
Boys with Guitars
No Takebacks
Billy Hanson

Too, this is a book that never would have happened had Theo Van Alst not had the idea for it. Many thanks. And, initially I was concerned, as having a selected works, isn’t that like a headstone on your career? Don D’Auria gently corrected me at World Horror in Portland: a collected works means you’re dead. A selected works is more like a volume 1.

Here’s Theo and me at the Isleta Casino for NALS in New Mexico, the first time either of us saw the book:


and  here’s me signing it for the first time at AWP in Minneapolis:
FRR2and here’s a couple write-ups:



  • Introduction: Joe R. Lansdale
  • Thirteen (out loud)
  • Brush dogs (out loud)
  • Welcome to the Reptile House
  • This is Love
  • The Spindly Man
  • The Black Sleeve of Destiny
  • The Spider Box
  • Snow Monsters
  • Doc’s Story
  • The Dead Are Not
  • Xebico
  • Second Chances
  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off
  • Uncle
  • Solve for X


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“If I’ve read better horror writers than Jones, I’ve forgotten them. He’s at the apex of his game. After the People Lights Have Gone Off is the kind of collection that lodges in your brain like a malignant grain of an evil dream. And it’s just going to be there, forever.”
Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All


“Stephen Graham Jones is a true master of the horror short story. Inventive, quirky, unexpected and masterful.”
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Fall of Night and Bad Blood


“Stephen Graham Jones is a great devourer of stories, chewing up horror novels and detective stories and weird fiction, ingesting literature of every type and pedigree, high and low and everything in between. His stories betray his encyclopedic knowledge of genre and of storytelling, but what makes After the People Lights Have Gone Off unique is how Jones never rests among his influences, going beyond what other writers might dare to craft terrors and triumphs all his own.”
Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

A peek inside:

People Lights

deeper peek inside:

thanks to Dean Wyant for the snapshot:

Boulder Bookstore, Nov 14


cover_frontExactly fifty stories, none longer than a thousand words, a couple just a sentence or two.

Here‘s where I was getting them all in order.

Here’s some few links:

SpringGun  |  SPD  |  LitReactor  |  Do Some Damage

If we had to choose one writer to rebuild American literature after the apocalypse, the smart money would be on Stephen Graham Jones, who is in the process of reinventing literally every genre from the ground up. In States of Grace he offers up lean, deftly composed short-shorts that seem effortless but inflict a surprising amount of mayhem considering their size—like a deadly gang of smurfs.  – Brian Evenson




elvis-room-coverWhat if you weren’t looking for evidence of the supernatural, but found it all the same? A true research scientist can either hide that evidence or tell the world. Either way it’s going to haunt you. Either way your life is never going to be same.

Find out what’s always on the other side of the door.

It’s the Elvis Room.

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from Black Static:

black static

and, that long hair bit early on in the book, it’s from here. thanks to Chris Deal for the re-link. and here‘s a similar-ish lab experiment

Lore from the Playboy Mansion:

Playboy Mansion trivia. who knew.

And now (2017), there’s a bar “The Elvis Room” in Portland, OR:

Also, this is in the works (short film):

I got to be there for a bit of the shooting. top-notch people. click here for the launch/news, or scroll down a quarter-inch for a still:
Elevator ride
click here for more. and, click here to watch it.

Also also:

the physical book, anyway. e-book’s still clickable

is the author of 22 or 23 books, 250+ stories, and all this stuff here. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, and has a few broken-down old trucks, one PhD, and way too many boots