One, two … Stephen Graham Jones is coming for you.
SCPL and The Friends of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries are thrilled to announce Stoker Award winner Stephen Graham Jones will be joining us virtually this year for the Dennis L. Bruce Author Series.
Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians, the 2020 Bram Stoker winner for Best Novel, and the brand-new My Heart is a Chainsaw, which is one of the most hotly anticipated horror novels of the year. If you need to know exactly how scary he is, well: he’s won two other Stoker Awards and four This Is Horror Awards. Bloody Disgusting named The Only Good Indians one of their Top Ten Horror Novels and Entertainment Weekly dubbed him the Jordan Peele of horror literature. Jones breathes chillingly fresh air into horror writing, especially by setting many of his stories in the context of the Blackfeet tribe. Combine that with Jones’s love for horror and slashers, and you’re in for a searing, horrifying, can’t-look-away treat.
To celebrate Stephen Graham Jones’s visit in all its gory glory, we’re giving away copies of both The Only Good Indians (starting August 18th) and My Heart Is a Chainsaw (starting September 1st) at all nine of our library locations. We’re also giving away limited-edition Nightmare on Church Street book boxes to the first 50 registrants to celebrate the release of My Heart Is a Chainsaw.
At the author event, we’re going to get to the bottom of how Jones comes up with creepy stories, how his heritage influences his writing, and maybe we’ll even talk about his favorite slasher films. Bring your burning questions for SGJ to Nightmare on Church Street, because we’ll take questions from the audience. Make sure to sign up for a spot early, because you don’t want to be the only one left in the dark.
The Friends of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to support the Spartanburg County Public Libraries. Memberships support the Libraries in many ways including special events like author programs and exhibits throughout the year, the Dennis L. Bruce Author Series, the SCPL Magazine, year round used book sales at two locations, new books and materials for the Libraries and Summer Reading programs for all ages – children, tweens, teens and adults.
Friends’ members are also volunteers who are helping with all aspects of Library services from delivering books to homebound patrons, to working at Pages on Pine or at Pages Downtown to serving as advocates for the Libraries in our community. The Friends of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries annual membership drive is now underway. If you are interested in joining, click the button below and fill out a membership form. Memberships will also be available at the Annual Fall Book Sale at Pages on Pine (2355 South Pine Street) that will take place this year on Friday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friends members only; memberships available at the door) and on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (open to the public).
Does the idea of all this horror leave you salivating for more? Were you unable to grab a copy of one of SGJ’s books? Check out some of your librarians’ suggested reads to get ready for Nightmare on Church Street.