Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., ed., The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2015. 371 pp. Paper, $24.95. Whenever I read Stephen Graham Jones's work, I experience two simultaneous realizations. The first is that I am very glad I don't live inside his head, where the demons and killers populating so many of his stories lurk and loom. The second is that I am extremely grateful that he does, dwelling in and mining those dark places to craft such well-wrought stories and heartbreakingly human characters (even the ones who aren't technically humans). The Faster Redder Road brings together a wide array of Jones's previously published work in a single lengthy collection. The book serves as an outstanding introduction or supplement to this incredibly prolific author's writing, from very short stories (a page or two) to longer ones and to excerpts from novels. Reflecting his work's breadth, the selections range from his usual horror, slasher, and zombie as well as "love stories to scifi, games and gaming, noir voice, and ya" and "work that makes the shelves for folks in Native Lit" (xvi). While novels including The Bird
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