Stephen Graham Jones

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Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones, late 2019
Stephen Graham Jones, late 2019
Born1972 (age 49–50)
Midland, Texas
OccupationWriter, Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at University of Colorado Boulder
NationalityBlackfoot Tribe, American
Alma materTexas Tech University

University of North Texas

Florida State University
GenreHorror fiction

Stephen Graham Jones is a Blackfoot Native American author of experimental fiction, horror fiction,[1] crime fiction, and science fiction.[2][3] 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 prolificness, having published 22 books under the age of 50.[4] 31.5 linear feet of Jones' works are held in the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World, part of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University.[5]

He is currently the Ivena Baldwin professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder.[6]


Stephen Graham Jones was born in Midland, Texas, in 1972. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. in 1994. He then went on to earn his Master of Arts Degree in English from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, in 1996. He completed his Ph.D. in 1998 from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.[7] He is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana.[8]

Writing career[edit]

While he was attending Florida State University, Jones's dissertation director introduced him to editor Houghton-Mifflin Jane Silver at the Writers' Harvest conference. Jones pitched her a novel which he had not yet written, and Silver liked the idea. Jones then wrote the book, The Fast Red Road, as his dissertation. It was published as his debut novel in 2000.[9]

Jones contributed an X-Men story to Marvel Comics' Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 anthology, release in November of 2020. Joining him was artist David Cutler.[10]

Themes and style[edit]

Jones has acknowledged a debt to Native American Renaissance writers, especially Gerald Vizenor,[11] 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."[11]

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.'[12] His eighth novel, Ledfeather, which Jones himself has acknowledged as being the most widely taught of his books,[13] is used as Gaudet's primary example. Mongrels too has been included as an example since its publication in 2016.


In 2002, Jones won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction.[14] In 2006, he won the Jesse Jones Award for Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for Bleed Into Me.[15] He won the Bram Stoker Award for Long Fiction in 2017,[16] and in 2021 for both Night of the Mannequins and The Only Good Indians.[17] He won the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction in 2020 for The Only Good Indians.[18]

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.
  • Seven Spanish Angels. Dzanc. 2005. ASIN B005D7V6NA.
  • 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.
  • It Came From Del Rio. Trapdoor Books. 2010. ISBN 978-1936500017.
  • The Ones that Got Away. Prime Books. 2011. ISBN 978-1607013211.
  • The Last Final Girl. Lazy Fascist Press. 2012. ISBN 978-1621050513.
  • Growing Up Dead in Texas. MP Publishing Ltd. 2012. ISBN 978-1849821544.
  • Zombie Bake-Off. Lazy Fascist. 2012. ISBN 978-1621050193.
  • Zombie Sharks with Metal Teeth. Lazy Fascist. 2013. ISBN 978-1621050995.
  • Three Miles Past. Nightscape. 2013. ISBN 978-1938644078.
  • The Least of My Scars. Bad River Books. 2013. ISBN 978-1940885001.
  • States of Grace. SpringGun Press. 2014. ISBN 978-0983221883.
  • Flushboy. Dzanc Books. 2013. ISBN 978-1938604171.
  • Not for Nothing. Dzanc Books. 2014. ISBN 978-1938604539.
  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off. Dark House Press. 2014. ISBN 978-1940430256.
  • The Gospel of Z. Samhain. 2014. ISBN 978-1619218116.
  • My Hero. Hex Publishers. 2016. ISBN 978-0998666709.
  • Mongrels. HarperCollins Publishers. 2016. ISBN 978-0062412690.
  • Mapping the Interior. Tor Books. 2017. ISBN 978-0765395108.
  • Night of the Mannequins. 2020. ISBN 9781250752079.[19]
  • The Only Good Indians. Saga, Simon & Schuster. 2020. ISBN 9781982136451.
  • My Heart is a Chainsaw. Saga Press, Simon & Schuster. 2021. ISBN 9781982137632.

Under the pseudonym P. T. Jones[edit]

Short stories[edit]


  1. ^ "Stephen Graham Jones on writing horror and its inverse, romance". Los Angeles Times. 2014-04-11. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  2. ^ Alexandra Alter (2020-08-14). "'We've Already Survived an Apocalypse': Indigenous Writers Are Changing Sci-Fi". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 2020-08-19.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Interview: Stephen Graham Jones on The Weird - Weird Fiction Review". Weird Fiction Review. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  4. ^ Jones, Stephen Graham. "Stephen Graham Jones – doesn't understand milk-drinking". Demon
  5. ^ "Texas Archival Resources Online". Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  6. ^ "Stephen Graham Jones". English. 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  7. ^ "Texas Tech University :: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library". Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  8. ^ Cosel, Pamela (22 October 2020). "Texas Book Festival names Midland native Stephen Graham Jones winner of the Texas Writer Award". Round Rock Living. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Interview with Stephen Graham Jones by Amy Patterson".
  10. ^ "Marvel's Voices Expands with 'Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices' #1". Marvel Entertainment. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  11. ^ a b "View of Consuming, Incarcerating, and "Transmoting" Misery: Border Practice in Vizenor's Bearheart and Jones's the Fast Red Road | Transmotion".
  12. ^ Gaudet, Joseph (2016). "I Remember You: Postironic Belief and Settler Colonialism in Stephen Graham Jones's Ledfeather". Studies in American Indian Literatures. 28 (1): 21. doi:10.5250/studamerindilite.28.1.0021. S2CID 156727460. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  13. ^ Wilson, Michael. "One Month of Reading Stephen Graham Jones: A Primer". LitReactor. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Meet the Creative Writing Fellows: Stephen Jones". National Endowment for the Arts.
  15. ^ "1936-2021 Texas Institute of Letters: Awards" (PDF). Texas Institute of Letters. 2021-03-03. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  16. ^ "2017 Bram Stoker Award® Winners & Nominees – The Bram Stoker Awards". Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  17. ^ "The Bram Stoker Awards 2020".
  18. ^ Pineda, Dorany (2021-04-17). "Winners of the 2020 L.A. Times Book Prizes announced". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Liptak, Andrew (2021-02-22). "Here Are the 2020 Bram Stoker Award Nominees". Retrieved 2021-03-23.

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