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Stephen Graham Jones


Stephen Graham Jones is the author of eight novels and two collections. Stephen's been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist, a Black Quill Award finalist, an International Horror Guild finalist, a Colorado Book Award Finalist, a Texas Monthly Book Selection, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction. He's also been a Texas Writers League Fellow and an NEA fellow in fiction. His short fiction has been in Cemetery Dance, Asimov's, Weird Tales, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, etc., as well as all the journals: Open City, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Literal Latte, Cutbank, and on and on, some hundred and thirty stories, total, through every letter of the alphabet.

Though Blackfeet, Stephen was born in 1972 in West Texas. This is often confusing, as most Blackfeet are in Montana and he grew up working from tractors and horses and in all kinds of welding and automotive shops. There was also lots of hunting and basketball and various scrapes with the law. After getting his PhD from Florida State University in a record two years, Stephen, twenty-eight then, went to work in the warehouse at Sear's (all he ever planned), but injuries forced him into teaching. And it's not a bad life, being a professor. Stephen made full professor at thirty-six--likely the youngest full prof in the humanities at The University of Colorado at Boulder (and maybe all of Colorado) and is into fiction, comics, film, screenwriting, and anything horror or fantasy, western or science fiction. Or, just anything that tells an interesting story in an interesting way.

Genres: Horror, Science Fiction
New Books
February 2023

Don't Fear the Reaper
(Jade Daniels, book 2)
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Pike (2010)
Benjamin Whitmer
"This is what noir is... blunt force drama stripped down to the bone, then made to dance across the page."
Skullcrack City (2015)
Jeremy Robert Johnson
"I've seen the future and it's bizarre, it's beautifully berserk, it's Jeremy Robert Johnson."
Everything Under the Moon (2016)
Jeff Johnson
"This is the werewolf as you haven't seen it before; talking like a Richard Kadrey novel, walking through Charlie Huston's dark streets, and snarling like a Jim Harrison creature."
In the Valley of the Sun (2017)
Andy Davidson
"I burned through this. It's got teeth on every page."
The Murders of Molly Southbourne (2017)
(Molly Southbourne, book 1)
Tade Thompson
"This premise fleshes out the strangeness and the grace of the human condition as well as anything I've read."
Unbury Carol (2018)
Josh Malerman
"Unbury Carol is a Poe story set in the weird west we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet."
Old Ghosts (2019)
Nik Korpon
"Who you are is who you’ve been, for better or for worse. There’s old ghosts everywhere, but, now, as far as I’m concerned, there’s only one Old Ghosts, and it’s Nik Korpon’s."
The Immortal Conquistador (2020)
(Kitty Norville, book 15)
Carrie Vaughn
"No surprise to anyone, but Carrie Vaughn can write the sixteenth century up through the Old West as well as it’s been done. And it just feels so good to sneak back into the Kittyverse through the vampire door."
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires (2020)
Grady Hendrix
"Every vampire novel is going to have blood and teeth, but this one’s got that one essential ingredient that nobody else does like Grady Hendrix: heart. These aren’t characters, they’re people, and I consider myself lucky to have known them for a few pages."
Of Mice and Minestrone (2020)
(Hap and Leonard Collections)
Joe R Lansdale
"There’s a place in East Texas where story shades into memory, where violence and tenderness are just part of the wonder of living, and that’s precisely where Joe Lansdale lives, and writes from, and we’re all the better for it. The eating’s pretty good there, too, as Hap’s recipes more than attest. You leave this book hungry, both for food and to start the whole series all over again, live through it one more time, maybe just live there a while."
Clown in a Cornfield (2020)
(Clown in a Cornfield, book 1)
Adam Cesare
"This party starts early, and it does not stop until all the bodies have hit the floor."
Winter Counts (2020)
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
"Winter Counts drops the hammer on page one and never lets up, until you're not sure if that's the drums in the story or your heart in your chest pounding."
Black Sun (2020)
(Between Earth and Sky, book 1)
Rebecca Roanhorse
"This is the novel I've been waiting for. This is the novel we've all been waiting for. Everything's different now, with Black Sun. Different and better. Stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best fantasy out there. There's Martin, there's Jemisin, and now there's Roanhorse."
The Hollow Places (2020)
T Kingfisher
"Can horror even be this rollicking, this fun, while still delivering on the creepiness, the dread, the ick? In Kingfisher’s hands, it can."
Good Neighbours (2021)
Sarah Langan
"There's a monster in each of us, in all of us, and there's a sinkhole in our hearts, too. Good Neighbors will walk you right up to the lip of that cavity, and make you look in, at your own monstrousness."
The Queen of the Cicadas (2021)
V Castro
"In The Queen of the Cicadas, there's a thin, bloody veil between worlds, the past isn't past at all, and you can feel your heart beating in the pages, the words pulsing with life. Touch them if you dare, and don't be surprised if they quiver into flight all around you."
Appleseed (2021)
Matt Bell
"The reason you’ve never read a book like Appleseed is that there’s never been a book like Appleseed. The scary thing, though, is this is a world you might recognize. This premise, this content, this form, this language—only Matt Bell could have given us this novel."
The Book of Accidents (2021)
Chuck Wendig
"The dread, the scope, the pacing, the turns-I haven't felt all this so intensely since The Shining."
Chasing the Boogeyman (2021)
Richard Chizmar
"We're all chasing the boogeyman, aren't we? The boogeyman's the past, the truth, our fragile memories that knit the two together. What Richard Chizmar's done for us in Chasing the Boogeyman is give that narrative a taut dramatic line he balances on, never quite tipping one way or the other, just stepping sure-footed all the way to the end—showing us that this is a walk we can all take, if we have the nerve."
Revelator (2021)
Daryl Gregory
"Gods and moonshine in the Great Depression, written with a tenderness and brutality only Daryl Gregory could have done—this is as good as novels get."
Nothing But Blackened Teeth (2021)
Cassandra Khaw
"This is Hill House for this century, this is Belasco House with people we've known since third grade, and it's got a smile so wicked you might just have to grin along with it. I know I did."
This Thing Between Us (2021)
Gus Moreno
"Hold on, this isn’t a ride, it’s a slide, and it doesn’t care whether you’re ready or not."
Road of Bones (2022)
Christopher Golden
"The road is long, the night is cold, and there's terror at every pullout, nothing but dread between. Just try and put this book down, I dare you."
The Book of the Most Precious Substance (2022)
Sara Gran
"There's two types of magic at play, here. There's what these characters are trying to do, mixing books and sex and spells, and then there's the magic Sara Gran is doing to us, as we compulsively read this literary thriller. And there's a third magic we only wish we could do: pay in blood to go back, read this book again for the first time."
The Violence (2022)
Delilah S Dawson
"The Violence in The Violence might be contagious, but what you really catch here is the anger--so righteous and so right here, right now--in a novel that defines this era."
The Fervor (2022)
Alma Katsu
"The Fervor is set in 1944, but it's about the world we live in now - and that's terrifying."
The Pallbearers' Club (2022)
Paul Tremblay
"Books can have teeth. A whole mouthful of them. The Pallbearers Club has a whole lifetime of them."
The Devil Takes You Home (2022)
Gabino Iglesias
"Some nightmares you wake from just leave you in an even worse nightmare. And then Gabino Iglesias holds his hand out from that darkness, takes you home."
Reluctant Immortals (2022)
Gwendolyn Kiste
"This book will sink its teath into you."
White Horse (2022)
Erika T Wurth
"It's metal to the end, it's Denver to the core, it's Native without trying, there's ghosts, there's blood, there's roller coasters, and there's about a thousand cigarettes smoked. What else can you ask for in a novel?"
Looking Glass Sound (2023)
Catriona Ward
"In the right hands, narrative can be a kaleidoscope, fracturing into more and more wondrous configurations. Just - I think Catriona Ward maybe spilled a little blood into her kaleidoscope, here..."

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