Short Story by Texas Tech Professor Selected for Year's Best

A short story by Stephen Graham Jones, an associate professor of English at Texas Tech, will be published in 20th edition of 'The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror', a prestigious anthology of fantasy and horror stories.

Written by: Gretchen Pressley

A short story by Stephen Graham Jones, an associate professor of English at Texas Tech, will be published in 20th edition of “The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror,” a prestigious anthology of fantasy and horror stories.

“Raphael,” Jones’ short story, is about the perceived reality of scary stories, and what would happen if they became real. It was first published in “Cemetery Dance,” an award-winning, bi-monthly magazine of horror, dark mystery and suspense.

“It was chosen for the anthology, I guess, because it just got some visibility being in the leading horror magazine,” Jones said. “But then it got good responses as well.”

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror usually consists of about 40 poems and short stories. The anthology is edited by Ellen Datlow, an editor of fantasy and horror stories for more than 30 years, and coincidentally one of the inspirations for Jones’ writing career.

“I know her tastes just from reading the stuff she edits, and am glad ‘Raphael’ fit that taste,” Jones said. “I’m glad that it’s going to be in the anthology, hopefully the first of many.”

“The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007” will be released in August.

“Raphael” has also been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of “Dracula.” The Bram Stoker Award is sponsored by the Horror Writers Association.

Jones is the award-winning author of four full-length novels and a short story collection. His short story collection was a finalist for the Violet Crown Award, sponsored by the Writers League of Texas, and it earned the Texas Institute of Letters’ 2005 Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction. Past awards include the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

For more information, go to www.stephengrahamjones.com.

CONTACT: Stephen Graham Jones, associate professor of creative writing, in the Department of English, (806) 742-2500 ext. 238; stephen.jones@ttu.edu.