Growing Up Dead in Texas

By Stephen Graham Jones
(MP Publishing, Paperback, 9781849821544, 254pp.)

Publication Date: June 2012

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“If Quentin Tarantino and Cormac McCarthy crossed paths in a rundown whiskey bar just north of the Rio Grande, this is the book that connection would produce. It's a novel wrapped in a mystery and dipped in autobiography with a dash of investigative journalism about Jones' return to his hometown and the unintended consequences of a fire form his childhood that ripped the community apart. The story of truth being brought to light and ancient skeletons finally being given their proper burial, this remarkable novelized memoir will stay with you.”
-- Matt Falvey, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI


It was a fire that could be seen for miles, a fire that split the community, a fire that turned families on each other, a fire that it's still hard to get a straight answer about. A quarter of a century ago, someone held a match to Greenwood, Texas's cotton.

Stephen Graham Jones was twelve that year. What he remembers best, what's stuck with him all this time, is that nobody ever came forward to claim that destruction. And nobody was ever caught. Greenwood just leaned forward into next year's work, and the year after that's, pretending that the fire had never happened. But it had. This fire, it didn't start twenty-five years ago. It had been smoldering for years by then. And everybody knew it. Getting them to say anything about it's another thing, though. Now Stephen's going back. His first time since high school, and maybe his last. For answers, for closure, for the people who can't go back. The ones who never got to leave.

Part mystery, part memoir, Growing Up Dead in Texas is packed with more secrets than your average graveyard. Stephen Graham Jones' breakout novel is a story about farming. A story about Texas. A story about finally standing up from the dead and walking away.

About the Author
Stephen Graham Jones is the author of thirteen novels, four collections, and two novellas. He does horror and literary, thriller and science fiction. Most recent are The Least of My Scars, Zombie Sharks with Metal Teeth, and Flushboy. Up in 2014 are Not for Nothing, STATES OF GRACE (SpringGun Press, 2014), The Gospel of Z, and the YA novel Floating Boy Meets the Girl Who Couldn't Fly (with Paul Tremblay). Stephen's had some hundred and seventy stories published, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Weird Tales, from Asimov's to Prairie Schooner. His stories have been picked up for the The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Best Horror of the Year volumes 2 and 3, The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (2010, 2011, and 2012), and Dzanc's Best of the Web 2010. He's also been in a lot of anthologies (The Weird, Creature, Zombies, Heroics, Ghosts, more) and some textbooks (Writing Fiction, Behind the Short Story, Architectures of Possibility). Stephen's books have been finalists for the Bram Stoker Award, three Shirley Jackson Awards, the Colorado Book Award, and he's won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the This is Horror "Novel of the Year," the Independent Publisher's Award for Multicultural Fiction, and he's been an NEA fellow in fiction. Stephen earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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