Stephen Graham Jones

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Stephen Graham Jones
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Stephen Graham Jones book signing event at Boulder Book Store (2013)
NationalityBlackfeet Native American
Alma materTexas Tech University
Florida State University
OccupationWriter, Professor at University of Colorado

Stephen Graham Jones is a Blackfeet Native American author of experimental fiction, horror fiction,[1] crime fiction, and science fiction.[2] Although his recent work is often classified as horror, he is celebrated for applying more "literary" stylings to a variety of speculative genres, as well as his prolificacy, having published 22 books under the age of 50.[3]

Jones has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellow in fiction.[2]

Themes and Style[edit]

Jones has acknowledged a debt to Native American Renaissance writers, especially Gerald Vizenor,[4] who wrote the praise for Jones's debut The Fast Red Road. Scholar Cathy Covell Waegner describes his work as containing elements of "dark playfulness, narrative inventiveness, and genre mixture."[4]

Other scholars such as Joseph Gaudet have cited his writing as "post-ironic" or representative of David Foster Wallace's "New Sincerity," a literary approach "emerging in response to the cynicism, detachment, and alienation that many saw as defining the postmodern canon," seeking instead "to more patently embrace morality, sincerity, and an 'ethos of belief.'[5] His eighth novel, Ledfeather, which Jones himself has acknowledged as being the most widely taught of his books,[6] is used as Gaudet's primary example. Mongrels too has been included as an example since its publication in 2016.

Selected works[edit]

  • The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong. Fiction Collective 2. 2000. ISBN 978-1573660884.
  • All the Beautiful Sinners. Rugged Land. 2003. ISBN 978-1590710081.
  • The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto. Fiction Collective 2. 2003. ISBN 978-1573661096.
  • Bleed into Me: A Book of Stories. Native Storiers: A series of American Narratives. University of Nebraska Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0803226050.
  • Demon Theory. MacAdam/Cage. 2006. ISBN 978-1596921641.
  • The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti. Chiasmus Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0981502748.
  • Ledfeather. Fiction Collective 2. 2008. ISBN 978-1573661461.
  • The Last Final Girl. Lazy Fascist Press. 2012. ISBN 978-1621050513.
  • Growing Up Dead in Texas. MP Publishing Ltd. 2012. ISBN 978-1849821544
  • Not for Nothing. Dzanc Books. 2014. ISBN 978-1938604539.
  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off. Dark House Press. 2014. ISBN 978-1940430256.
  • Mongrels. HarperCollins Publishers. 2016. ISBN 978-0062412690.
  • Mapping the Interior. Tor Books. 2017. ISBN 978-0765395108


  1. ^ "Stephen Graham Jones on writing horror and its inverse, romance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Interview: Stephen Graham Jones on The Weird - Weird Fiction Review". Weird Fiction Review. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
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  5. ^ Gaudet, Joseph. "I Remember You: Postironic Belief and Settler Colonialism in Stephen Graham Jones's Ledfeather". Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  6. ^ Wilson, Michael. "One Month of Reading Stephen Graham Jones: A Primer". LitReactor. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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