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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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  • Kenneth W. Cain
  • 31-12-2020

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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  • Seth
  • 19-01-2020

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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  • oftenevil
  • 17-01-2020

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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  • Craig Neuville
  • 25-12-2020

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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  • T. E.
  • 26-04-2019

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
  • 15-08-2019

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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