Reviews of Dark Fiction

After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones

There are hundreds of reviews and ratings for AFTER THE PEOPLE LIGHTS HAVE GONE OFF and there’s not much I can add to what’s already been said.

I love how this man writes and his powers of description. It takes concentration to properly read his prose and during this time of near constant distraction, (there’s a pandemic going on), the fact that he captured my attention and held it, really says something.

There’s a ton of variety here, my favorites being DOC’S STORY, SECOND CHANCES, THE SPINDLY MAN, UNCLE and THE SPIDERBOX. There’s also an excellent introduction from Joe R. Lansdale, wherein he talks about some of his favorite stories.

I enjoyed the hell out of this collection and maybe it’s just the thing to distract you during this uncertain time?

Highly recommended!

*I bought this paperback with my hard-earned cash.*

**Originally published on my old blog 4.8.2020**

After the People Lights Have Gone Off Book Cover After the People Lights Have Gone Off
Stephen Graham Jones
Dark Fiction, Horror
Dark House Press

WINNER, Best Collection of the Year, THIS IS HORROR

NOMINATED, Best Collection of the Year, BRAM STOKER AWARDS


The fifteen stories in After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones explore the horrors and fears of the supernatural and the everyday. Included are two original stories, several rarities and out of print narratives, as well as a few "best of the year" inclusions. In "Thirteen," horrors lurk behind the flickering images on the big screen. "Welcome to the Reptile House" reveals the secrets that hide in our flesh. In "The Black Sleeve of Destiny," a single sweatshirt leads to unexpectedly dark adventures. And the title story, "After the People Lights Have Gone Off," is anything but your typical haunted house story.

With an introduction by Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale, and featuring fifteen full-page illustrations by Luke Spooner, After the People Lights Have Gone Off gets under your skin and stays there.

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale

Illustrations by Luke Spooner

Thirteen Brushdogs

Welcome to the Reptile House

This is Love

The Spindly Man

The Black Sleeve of Destiny

The Spider Box 

Snow Monsters

Doc’s Story

The Dead Are Not


Second Chances

After the People Lights Have Gone Off


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Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and five collections, and has some two hundred stories published. Stephen's been an NEA Fellow and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural fiction. He's forty-two, married with a couple of kids, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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