Mongrels merch

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The talented and cool Figbar Lonesome, one of the early readers of Mongrels, has taken the time and effort to make some excellent Mongrels stuff available to us all at RedBubble and Society 6:

And if your predilection is more for a cup you can plant in the middle of the table to show off to the whole diner:

Also comes in other colors:

And there’s also pillows and hoodies and prints and and and: more designs coming!

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Mongrels Events

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Six days out from going on the road a bit with Mongrels. Here’s the where and the whens, in order from first to last, with a couple extras at the end, extending into June. And, all the images, click them to go the place:

GRRM’s cool theater down in Santa Fe, this Saturday:

[ this one / above was originally May 10th, yes—had to reschedule. apologies for any difficulties or near-misses ]

Bookworks, down in Albuquerque

Library of Congress, Washington DC

Tattered Cover, with Richard Kadrey

Boulder Bookstore, here in Boulder land

Murder by the Book, Houston, Texas

Sneaking in to, you know, sneak a last-minute reading in. Wild Detectives, Dallas land. Click to go the place:

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Mongrels

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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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reviews : LA Times  |  Tor.com  #1  |  Tor.com #2   |   SciFiNow (UK)  |  LitReactor  |  DreadCentral  |  BookRiot (@2:55)  |  Literary Disco (@23:30) B&N Science Fiction and Fantasy  |  Locus  |  Project: Black T-Shirt (video review)  |  Shelf Stalker  |  Kirkus  | Cemetery Dance  |   Publishers Weekly  |  Examiner  |  Unwinnable  |  Witchsong  |  Booksellers Wrap-up  |  This is Horror  |  Dead End Follies  |  New York Journal of Books  |  Shock Totem  |    |  Easy Vegan  |  Lorelei by Starlight  |  San Diego City Beat  |  Library Thing  |  Summer  Reading  |  CJ Chipman Writes  |  Booked (podcast)  |  ReadersUnbound  |  LoveReading (UK)  | Anthony Watson  |  Bookshop Santa Cruz  |  Horror-Web  |  Book Riot  |  Theo Van Alst  |  Leafing Through Life  |  Downpour  |  Kevin Hearne  |  Cherie Priest  |  Coffee and Books  |  Buzzfeed  |  The Last Bookstore  |  Booklover’s Boudoir  |  Amy McLean  |  The Nervous Breakdown  |  Ginger Nuts of Horror  |  Unleash the Flying Monkeys  |  Brentwood Lib  |  Bookshop Santa Cruz  |  Reading the End  |  Review Graveyard  |  Word Basket  |  Living Dangerously  |  Horror Maiden  |  PaperBlog  |  Postcards from a Dying World  |  Real Dead Review  |  Blogorama  |Starburst  |  Thrillist  |  Char’s Corner  |  The Monitor  |  Cultured Vultures  |  Average Audience Member  |  ReadListenReview  |  Rain Taxi  |  BookRiot  |  SF Book Review  |   Audiobook Reviewer  |   Tom Bont’s Silver Key  |  HorrorTalk  |  Strange Bookfellows  |  GuysLitWire  | Brazen Bull  |  SmashDragons  |  Deadsville  |  Gunnar Norskog  |  Vol 1 Brooklyn  |  Amazon UK reviews  |  The Blood-Shed  |  Unnerving Magazine  |  4th & Sycamore  |  Adapt This  |  Fantasy Book Critic  |  Snails & Wolves  |  Beavis the Bookhead  |  Reviewed by Mom  |  Paul M. Feeney  |  Will Byrnes  |  Craig DiLouie  |  Project MUSE (Billy Stratton)  |  Very Biased Reviews  |  Horror Novel Reviews  |  LARB  |  Daily Dead News | CBC Books |  Castle Walls  |  Lela E. Buis  |   See the Elephant |  Booknest  |  Winsome Gates  |

best-of (etc) lists : Tor’s 16 Best Books of 2016 (so far)  |  BookRiot’s 100 Monster Books  |  25 Summer Books  |  Bustle’s 12 Summer Reads  |   Shotgun Logic Top 5 (so far)  |  Best Books of 2016  |   Another Best of 2016  |  BookRiot’s Modern Monsters  |  Jason Sanford  |  Aqueduct (Jeffrey Ford)  |  Tim Meyer  |  David Agranoff  |  Frank Michael Serrington  |  John Boden  |  Glenn Rolfe  |  Paul Tremblay  |  HorrorMaiden  |  Mike Bracken/HorrorGeek  |  Bloodshot Books  |  Dumbbells & Dragons’ Best of 2016  |  Tor.com’s Reviewers’ Choices 2016  |  LitReactor Staff Picks 2016 (part 1)  |  LitReactor Staff Picks (part 2)  |  Emerging Writers Network  |  The Worthy Awards  |   Real Dead Review  |  Medium  |  Michael Matheson  |  KnowFearCast  |  HorrorTalk’s 10 from 2016  |  Read Diverse Books  |  Pank Magazine  |  X-Files Books @ BookRiot  |  B&N Best Horror of 2016  |  SciFiNow  |  POC to-reads  |  Locus  |  This is Horror  |  Head Full of Tropes  |  B&N “Not Stephen King” |  6 YA Books a Bookriot  |   HorrorTalk

links : sample of what would become Mongrels  |  ch.1 OF Mongrels  |  the story of  Mongrels  | early covers  |  galleys  |  Audio  |  Goodreads  |  events / calendar  | signed copies (@Cocteau)  |  Library Lovefest  | What a Werewolf Drives  |  Playlists  |  Werewolves & Me  |  Mongrels Q&A  |  10 Werewolf Novels You Should Read  |  Yellow Books (WSJ)   |  Mongrels MicroBio  |  Disambiguation  |  Indians and Wolves  |  Wolf Man Turns 75 | “…Alchemy of the New” (Tor.com)  |  “Werewolves are Real

interviews : Dallas Morning News  |  Muzzleland Press  |  Slug Magazine  |  ABQ Free Press  |  Denver’s Westword  |  This is Horror podcast pt.1  |  This is Horror podcast pt.2  |  Youtube  |  Cemetery Dance  |  Harper Voyager UK (guest post)  |  LitHub  |  Report from Santa Fe (TV)  |  Chewing the Scenery (podcast)  |  University of Colorado at Boulder  |  The Last Bookstore  |  CU A&S  |  Starburst  |  SciFiNow  |  Unreliable Narrators  |  Cultured Vultures  |  Miskatonic Musings (podcast)  |  Colorado Public Radio  |  Litsy  |  Boulder’s KGNU  |  High Country News  |  University of Colorado at Boulder  |  Waxwing  |  Lovecraft eZine

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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

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general (SGJ) werewolfery:

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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:

[ go here for more like this ]

Amazing-cool art by Evan Cagle:

Ink portrait of Stephen Graham Jones, after reading the brilliant “Mongrels”. I know, I know, full moons are rubbish. Sorry, @SGJ72 pic.twitter.com/1BUkF0cg67

— Evan Cagle (@cagle_evan) February 8, 2018

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The Little Werewolf Novel that Could


Until World War Z, I’d been hearing that same thing about the zombie. And I guess it was kind of true. A lot of fun had been had, no doubt—the bulk of it on film and in the short story—but nobody’d Tolkien’d out the zombie landscape with a story that really sang. Not until Max Brooks applied his bloody pen.

However, this guy above and the public at large saying this about werewolves, it’s always kind of especially hurt. Not because they were wrong, but because, for more years than I think I really have to my name, I’ve been thinking about werewolves. In 1999 or 2000, trying to correct the fact that werewolves didn’t have their Dracula yet, and knowing full well what hubris is—but what other place is there to work from?—I wrote my first werewolf novel, Anubis, My Father, which, on reworking, became Bloodlines. However, in spite of the fact that I built it on the excellent scaffolding of The Galactic Pot-Healer, I kind of missed the mark, so didn’t even send this one out. Because the werewolf mattered too much to me. Nothing less than my absolute best would do.

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Wer

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For a long time I’ve been in a Kirk/Picard situation with myself, regarding Ginger Snaps and The Howling: which do I like best? And, I know, what about An American Werewolf in London, Dog Soldiers, Bad Moon. They’re all good and vital, and contributed important stuff, but for me, it’s always come down to Ginger Snaps or The Howling. And I usually settle on The Howling, as it’s got a much stronger ending (much longer franchise tail as well).

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