This week on Look Out For, we caught up with Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Elvis Room, who was kind enough to offer us his opinion on two of the books he is looking forward to in the coming months.
Stephen Graham Jones has written fifteen novels, five collections, two novellas, and about two hundred stories published so far. His novella, The Elvis Room, is currently available on Amazon UK and Amazon US for a very special Halloween price!
I’ve been hearing about this one for a while, now. And I completely trust Keaton to bring the fun. His Fish Bites Cop blew me away, and I know that, as much as I might try to style myself some sort of occasional trivia guy as relates to horror, Keaton could answer me under the table any day of the week. There’s some people in the fiction world and the horror community that you trust. Keaton gets my trust on each count, there. The Last Projector feels, just from hearing about it, a lot like this huge monstrous infection he’s been cultivating inside himself for years and years. And now the time is finally right. I’m anxious to crack the spine on this one, let the infection rise into my head.
Look Out For… A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
I’ve written a book with this dude, so I know pretty well how scary he can get. In this possession novel, Paul goes to some pretty dark places. There’s one scene in particular that imprinted on my mind and memory in a way that creeped me out as much as Emily Rose ever did, but it also thrilled me just with the spectacle and wrongness of it, and it challenged me to try to go even darker. Except I’m not completely sure that’s possible. The best horror? It’s about something the writer is legitimately scared of. The best horror novels are exorcisms on the page—desperate acts of survival, last-gasp rituals to clean the slate, start over, get back what’s been taken. That’s what A Head Full of Ghosts feels like.
STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES