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.
Links : Publisher’s Weekly | Mysterious Galaxy | GoodReads | Pank Magazine | Char’s Corner | Utopia State of Mind | Dwarf & Giant | Interview (@paulsemel.com) | New York Journal of Books | B&N | Monlatable Reviews | Fine Print | The Brazen Bull | 13 Creepy Books | Geekly Inc | 16 Anticipated Horror Books | i09’s Summer Reading | Tor.com | Rocket Stack Rank (spoilers) | Epic Stitching | Fiction Unbound | Gizmodo | Books Vertigo and Tea | Black Guys Do Read | Blue Book Balloon | Splatterpunkzine | 5 Horror Reads to Keep the Sunshine Away | HorrorTalk | KnowFearCast | Rifflebooks | World Literature Today | Mindy’s Book Journey (video rvw) | This is Horror | Books and Quilts | MBReads | Lela E. Buis | SpineCracker | Hellnotes | 5 Horror Reads | Unnerving Magazine | San Diego City Beat | SFF180 (video review) |. Cool Lima Bean | New York Times | Locus List | “Alchemy of the New” (Tor.com) | Locus (John Langan) | Cemetery Dance | BlackGirlNerds | This is Horror Award | LARB (Billy Stratton) | Bram Stoker Award | Shirley Jackson Award | World Fantasy Award | 13 #OwnVoices | Old Firehouse | Bookish | GrimDragon | Pyles of Books | Horror DNA | 25 under 200 @Nightworms | B&N’s 9 Slim Horror Reads | Electric Lit | LitHub | Nightfire | Let’s Get Galactic | Nico Belle | Sadie Hartmann | Considering Stories | Goodreads (Halloween) | Indigenous People’s Day | Native Lady Book Warrior | Bookshop.org | The Last Sisyphus | LitReactor |
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
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