Stephen Graham Jones is one of the most powerful writers working in English today, and this is an understatement. His books are formally experimental, frequently gothic, very funny, and brutally honest. The darkness of his art calls to mind the works of William Faulkner — a comparison of Faulkner’s LIGHT IN AUGUST to Stephen Graham Jones’ THE BIRD IS GONE seems particularly apt for its polyphonic narratives, contradictory and intersecting narratives, and pervasive attitude of swinging for the fences, going for broke, and fuck-it-all-I-have-nothing-lose honesty that burns through the prose.
He is, of course, not for the faint of heart. But he is truly a Literary Man. Start with these three in this order:
3. DEMON THEORY