As of Spring 2014, Stephen Graham Jones has 20 books out — five collections and 15 novels. This year he has two or three more out as well: the young adult Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (Dzanc, with Paul Tremblay), After the People Lights Have Gone Off (horror collection, Dark House), and Once Upon a Time in Texas (Trapdoor), the second installment of his Bunnyhead Chronicles. He also has a couple hundred short stories published, from literary journals to truck-enthusiast magazines, from textbooks to anthologies to best-of-the-year annuals. Jones has been an NEA Fellow, a Texas Writers League Fellow, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Multicultural Award. His areas of interest, aside from fiction writing, are horror, science fiction, fantasy, film, comic books, pop culture, technology, and American Indian Studies. Jones received his BA in English and Philosophy from Texas Tech University (1994), his MA in English from the University of North Texas (1996), and his PhD from Florida State University (1998). Jones’ current projects are a werewolf novel, a young adult novel, and a comic book.
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Area/s of specialty
- Creative Writing
- Ethnic American Literature, Literature of the Americas, Post Colonial Literature
- Popular Culture, Film, Digital Media
- Comic books
- Novels in popular genres, such as horror, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, thriller, mystery, noir, and YA
Stories and novels and screenplays and comic books, and fixing up his old truck
20+ books of fiction. Coming in 2015: A selected works and a critical collection.
Questions and Answers
What is your approach to teaching? How do you reach students in the classroom?
I think students connect—anybody connects—when they can see that you’re passionate about the material. That it matters to you. And that you don’t quite have it all figured out yet. But you’re trying. And you want them to help you. Together as a class, then, you move forward, you get places, you learn things. It’s like you’re all walking into this huge wonderful unmapped cave. Right now, you’re holding the flashlight. But what you want is to hand that light off, after a while.
What would you like the general public to know about your work? What are you passionate about?
That, like DFW said once upon a time, the membranes are permeable. Genres and forms bleed across, infect each other. And that’s good. What I’m also passionate about is that entertainment is important. Too many works try to be serious, and end up just being boring. Part of this, I think, is that I don’t believe there’s what people call ‘guilty pleasures.’ You should never feel guilty for anything you read or watch. I think things are seriously wrong when that can even be possible.
Who or what has influenced you the most in your professional career?
Michael Jordan. Axl Rose. Philip K Dick. Waylon Jennings. Louise Erdrich. Stephen King. Bruce Springsteen. Joe Lansdale. Alan Moore. Bob Seger. Kurt Vonnegut. Gerald Vizenor.
What do you enjoy about being part of the English Department at CU-Boulder?
Nobody does anything evil to the various punchbowls we all end up around. At least so far as I know.
What is your favorite book?/Who is your favorite author? Why? Or, can you recommend books that you think everyone should read?
Everyone should read everything.