Wild dogs chased, spooked and cornered Stephen Graham Jones when he was a boy in West Texas. Echoes of that, and other episodes, appear in the English professor’s latest horror novel, Mongrels, which topped the Denver Post’s bestseller list and which SciFiNow dubs a “brilliant werewolf story that you need to read.”
Mongrels is a coming-of-age tale about a young man whose family is shunned and constantly moving—because they happen to be werewolves. Fusing pop-culture references, humor and horror, Jones describes one werewolf this way: “His hair was perfect.”
By the light of day at CU Boulder, Jones has taught courses on horror genres, including werewolves and zombies, as well as screenwriting and general fiction. But he gets twitchy when he doesn’t write. So he moonlights as an author.
With more than 20 books and multiple awards, the Texas kid who didn’t think he’d go to college now enjoys making readers howl.