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After the People Lights Have Gone Off
     

After the People Lights Have Gone Off

by Stephen Graham Jones
 

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WINNER, Best Collection of the Year, THIS IS HORROR
NOMINATED, Best Collection of the Year, BRAM STOKER AWARDS
NOMINATED, Best Collection of the Year, SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARDS

The fifteen stories in After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones explore the horrors and fears of the supernatural and the everyday.

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WINNER, Best Collection of the Year, THIS IS HORROR
NOMINATED, Best Collection of the Year, BRAM STOKER AWARDS
NOMINATED, Best Collection of the Year, SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARDS

The fifteen stories in After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones explore the horrors and fears of the supernatural and the everyday. Included are two original stories, several rarities and out of print narratives, as well as a few "best of the year" inclusions. In "Thirteen," horrors lurk behind the flickering images on the big screen. "Welcome to the Reptile House" reveals the secrets that hide in our flesh. In "The Black Sleeve of Destiny," a single sweatshirt leads to unexpectedly dark adventures. And the title story, "After the People Lights Have Gone Off," is anything but your typical haunted house story.

With an introduction by Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale, and featuring fifteen full-page illustrations by Luke Spooner, After the People Lights Have Gone Off gets under your skin and stays there.

Table of Contents:
Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale
Illustrations by Luke Spooner

Thirteen
Brushdogs
Welcome to the Reptile House
This is Love
The Spindly Man
The Black Sleeve of Destiny
The Spider Box (original
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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"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, In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

"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

Library Journal
08/01/2014
Here is a creepy and sometimes provocative aggregation of 15 unrelated stories, each told with a different voice. The principal players include werewolves, metaphysical Native Americans, alien marionettes, a parasitic and kleptomaniacal hoodie, lethal movie ghosts, living tattoos, and dead people who just refuse to stay that way. Though briefly told, these tales are not simple. There is an underlying elegance bolstering the quick and descriptive style. VERDICT All fans of horror anthologies, regardless of age, will enjoy this quick and very versatile book by Jones, a Shirley Jackson and a Bram Stoker Award finalist (Flush Boy; Story of Z). It is not in the vein of current pop-monster love stories, so readers looking for mooning teen vampires will be disappointed. But fans of edgy horror will enjoy it as a stand-alone collection.—Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940430256
Publisher:
Curbside Splendor Publishing
Publication date:
09/30/2014
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
279,668
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and five collections, and has some two hundred stories published. Stephen's been an NEA Fellow and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural fiction. He's forty-two, married with a couple of kids, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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