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Publisher's Summary

Winner, Best Collection of the Year, This Is Horror

Nominated, Best Collection of the Year, Bram Stoker Awards

Nominated, Best Collection of the Year, Shirley Jackson Awards

The 15 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, After the People Lights Have Gone Off gets under your skin and stays there.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale
  • "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"
  • "Xebico"
  • "Second Chances"
  • "After the People Lights Have Gone Off"
  • "Uncle"
  • "Solve for X"
©2014 Stephen Graham Jones (P)2018 Journalstone

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Great collection

I had to pick this up after reading The Mongrel, as I was quite interested in Stephen's writing style. His first person stories put you right there in the story, and it's hard to not see his world when you look around. There's a lesson to be learned there for writers. Great stuff.

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What the heck is up with the narrator?

Worst narrator/story match I have ever encountered, and I listen to 100+ books a year. I'm sure this narrator does a fine job with thrillers or quirky books but his performance for HORROR is so terrible that it ruins the entire experience. No tension in his tone at all. No eerie cadence, no dramatic pauses, hardly any emotion. Every single word is just as important as the last. Every story left me scratching my head -- 'Wait, was that supposed to be scary? Because the narrator certainly didn't think so.'

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An ok experience

I think I might have preferred reading these stories in a traditional book. There were several times when I wanted to go back to see what I missed and it became too much of a hassle to keep rewinding it. I also didn't like the narrator very much, I thought the tone was too upbeat for the eerieness of the stories.

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Stephen Graham Jones is on another level

If you’re a fan of the best speculative fiction authors these days — Laird Barron, Gemma Files, John Langan — then you undoubtedly already love Stephen Graham Jones. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this man’s work: enjoy.

One of the best horror collections of the past decade.

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something for lots of different tastes

Stephen Graham Jones has a riveting writing style and a lot of range. there's something here for many different tastes in horror.

the vocal performance is earnest and consistent.

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Love this collection!

I highly recommend this collection for anyone who loves short stories, horror, or just excellent writing. These are far too well written to be dismissed as “genre” fiction.

“Brushdogs” is one of my favourite stories - it’s haunting. I appreciate the way SGJ draws on his Blackfeet cultural heritage in a lot of his writing. To me, some of his best writing comes from that part of his well.

I’m not sure I fully understand the titular story, but I re-read it every year or so and each time I find something new in it.

The final story in this collection is just too brutal for me. I’m writing this review in part to remind *myself* not to listen to it again. I don’t cope with torture well, and this concerns physical and psychological torture so extreme that it leaves me in a very dark place. Not to mention the character! It’s well written - really well written - so if you can go there then it’s worth reading. I just can’t do it again.

Eric G. Dove provides excellent narration.

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  • 08-27-21

A wonderful collection

Almost all of the stories deal with loss and realistic hardship in a way that is uniquely strange, emotionally compelling, and well thought out. Stephen Graham Jones has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I'll have to get this in print.

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so many good starts no follow through

great ideas for stories that could of been books. but instead are just quick short stories that end as it starts to get good.

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  • 06-24-21

Great book, poor choice for narrator

The story was excellent. However, the narrator was not a good fit for this one. I think he would be great on some other genre.

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No no no...

Are narrators told what the stories are that theyre reading prior to reading? These are horror stories.... the narrator might as well had been reading a silce of life YA novel with how casual his tone was. Not scary, not immersive, and not worth the money. Refunding.

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  • Mr. A. J. Quaeck
  • 08-15-19

Love the material

Briefly, the material is good here. Weird, cookie, unsettling stories about the almost mundane strangeness of the world. The stuff that may pass you by if you don’t look closely enough. About urban legends, outright bizarreness staring us right in the face.

My issue is, that other than the first tale and perhaps one other, Eric Dove’s narration does not work here.

He’s a great narrator but I feel he has been poorly paired here with Stephen Graham Jones, for the most part anyway. Which is bizarre as I loved their meshing on “mapping the interior”.

Maybe buy the book.

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