Published: Feb. 17, 2016

The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones

By Steven Graham Jones, professor of English 

University of New Mexico Press

This collection showcases the best writings of Stephen Graham Jones, whose career is developing rapidly from the noir underground to the mainstream. The Faster Redder Roadfeatures excerpts from Jones’s novels–including The Last Final GirlThe Fast Red Road: A PlainsongNot for Nothing, and The Gospel of Z–and short stories, some never before published in book form. Examining Jones’s contributions to American literature as well as noir, Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.’s introduction puts Jones on the literary map.

“Writing at the intersection of crime noir, genre horror, and sci-fi, Stephen Graham Jones has created an absurd parallel universe to limn the lives of American Indians and others who live in the small towns of Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and the Florida Panhandle. Perhaps his best-known novel, 2000’s The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong, follows Pidgin, a mixed-race American Indian, as he evades cops, aliens, giant coyotes, and political radicals while searching for his father’s body, which was heisted at his funeral. More recently, Jones published It Came From Del Rio (Part 1 of the Bunnyhead Chronicles), a cross-genre romp that tracks a fugitive father, his Border Patrol agent daughter, and their intersecting lives as they contend with an increasingly bloodthirsty pack of chupacabras in south Texas who have found a new master, a rabbit-headed zombie.” Read more.

—Review by Pasatiempo, The New Mexican’s Weekly Magazine of Arts, Entertainment & Culture

Publication date: 2015