So Stephen Graham Jones is just a fascinating, immensely talented writer, and not only a great influence on me, but a bit of the ideal future I seek out. He has published seven novels, teaches at the MFA program at CU Boulder, and is one of the most prolific writers I know. I have been lucky enough to get to know Stephen over at The Velvet and met him in person at last year’s AWP here in Chicago. He publishes in literary publications and also writes impressive dark fiction – horror, sf, bizarro, and other genre work. The opening to ALL THE BEAUTIFUL SINNERS haunts me to this day, it is such a powerful novel.
This is a hilarious interview, but also so enlightening. Like Brian Evenson, he is at the forefront of the genre-bending writing that is going on today. Call it what you want – slipstream, new-wave fabulist, etc. – but this movement is powerful and one I’d like to think I’m a part of, or try to be. He will be doing some fantastic panels at the 2010 AWP in Denver, so be sure to check him out.
Craig Wallwork is a fantastic writer as well, and I’ve published him several times. Really, all of the people at this gathering who were previously interviewed by Craig are writers I really enjoy and hope break out in 2010.
I’m still a bit itchy from all that fur, but man, what a good time.