Jeff P. Jones | Editorial Services
Jeff P. Jones | Editorial Services
Early Praise for the forthcoming collection
from Kim Barnes, Author of In the Kingdom of Men
Lyrically written and poignantly detailed, Bloodshot Stories immerses us in the world of fable, fairy tale, and the grotesque. The characters in this wildly imaginative collection are driven by an urgency toward fates they can neither escape nor resist. In the tradition of the masters, from Poe to Conan Doyle to Neil Gaiman, Jones's ability to marry the strange to the familiar, horror to the mundane, results in fantastic narratives that defy chronology and plant us firmly in a state of wonder.
from Janet Burroway, Author of Writing Fiction
You want it darker? Jeff P. Jones carries on in the trajectory that runs from Kafka through Philip K. Dick to Cormac McCarthy (with a sprinkling of John Barth thrown in). Whether inviting the reader to comb through the dank stacks of a Stalin archive, or sweat inside the soldered-closed cab of a post-apocalyptic dump truck, or become an atom splitting from the inside, or a single brain dispersing into the universe--these brilliantly researched and deeply imagined stories are never the expected. A stunning collection.
from Ron Hansen, Author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Jeff P. Jones discovers the compelling themes of his Bloodshot Stories in wildly various locations, but always on the dark side. We read about a zombie on the high plains, the wide-ranging effects of an atomic explosion, a researcher examining Stalin’s early life to find his origins as a serial killer, a dying atheist’s grim final letter to his daughter, an old woman recalling her life while holding her pulsing heart in her hand. The subjects are mysterious and morbid but the prose is beautiful, and there are no missteps in this powerful and impressive collection.
from Margot Livesey, Author of The Hidden Machinery
These dark, beautiful stories transport the reader between worlds, and out of worlds - a bomb fails to detonate, a woman holds her heart in her hand, a writer investigates the young Stalin, a munchkin from the Wizard of Oz is memorialized. The boundaries between the living and the dead are dissolved, and resolved. Jeff Jones writes with passion and wonderful intelligence about the many characters who move through his wintery landscapes, wrestling with the human condition. Bloodshot is a brilliant collection.
Writing for the Reader: Practice in Prose Craft Now Available
Grounded in the concept of deliberate practice, this guide is for the writer who wants practice in the 36 craft techniques that matter most in good prose. Writing for the Reader focuses on the commonalities between literary fiction and creative nonfiction. A brief introduction of each technique precedes examples and prompts. Longer projects and additional exercises supplement the work. Ideal for the creative writing classroom or the solo writer.
October, 2017 - Jeff P. Jones's short story collection BLOODSHOT STORIES wins the Sunshot Prose Prize. The collection will be released in 2018.
JEFF P. JONES was born in Denver, and was educated at the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. He’s a MacDowell Fellow, and his writing has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the Hackney, Meridian Editors', A. David Schwartz, Wabash, and Lamar York prizes. He lives on the Palouse in northern Idaho. Love Give Us One Death is his debut novel. Bloodshot Stories will appear in 2018 from Sunshot Press.
About Love Give Us One Death
Bonnie and Clyde are the most famous outlaw pair in American history. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, was hired to stop them. The story of their death on a lonely Louisiana back road, as well as their bloody and short life together, is a story of a nation reaping the results of environmental degradation, injustice, and greed.
Praise for Love Give Us One Death
from Robert Wrigley
Part prose, part verse, replete with fragmentary interludes, newspaper stories, unpunctuated meditations, transcripts, play-like exchanges, and even a vintage cartoon, Love Give Us One Death delivers not only a knock-out story of brutal adventure, and love, across the heartland of the Great Depression, but a story about the very character of the republic itself.
from Tracy Daugherty
In Love Give Us One Death, Jeff P. Jones pieces together a story we think we know, about desperate lives and American violence. As the tale unfolds, we see its larger dimensions: the spiritual shadows and compulsive needs from which our nation springs and through which it has found its many forms of speech. This is historical fiction raised boldly to the level of myth.
from Atticus Books
[This] is the history of love and destruction you didn’t know you needed. In a time of Public Enemies, we see the last legs of a journey between the violent and manic Romeo and Juliet-like pair. The last public outlaws are riding away into their last sunrise, and this book serves as its journal.
- "This novel was born out of a desire to reanimate the speech of my ancestors."
The author's lexical research process described in a Research Note, "The Word Trap and the Novel," for Necessary Fiction.
- "Two people riding in a car gunned down by six officers who fired a collective 137 bullets. The parallels are striking, but the differences are even more striking. For one, Russell and Williams were black. This was 2012, not 1934."
Brief interview on race and Bonnie and Clyde for It's a Jenn World.
- "What Clyde suffered in prison made him into the cold-blooded killer he was never meant to be, and twelve men, most with families, lost their lives because Clyde vowed never to return to prison—that’s how desperate he was to stay free."
Brief interview on prison abuse, the Dust Bowl, and letting go of the novel at Syd Savvy's blog, Dec 2016
Read an excerpt from Love Give Us One Death
- Chapter 1 - Love's Kingdom (hosted by Goodreads)
Reviews for Love Give Us One Death
from Midwest Book Review: Clabe's Bookshelf
Well worth reading. 5 stars.
from Midwest Book Review: Wisconsin Bookwatch
A compelling read from first page to last...very highly recommended.
from Wayne Catan via Idaho Statesman
If you are a fan of historical fiction, you must secure a copy.
This excellent book should be read by anyone with an interest in postmodern fiction or experimental narrative forms, the story of Bonnie and Clyde, or American outlaws in general.
The breathless, seemingly fragmented, writing reflects Bonnie and Clyde’s personalities better than any traditional prose could.
from Jennifer K. Bauer via Inland 360
Jones’ descriptions breathe life into the sights, smells and sounds of rural life at the beginning of the Great Depression, from boiled greens to burning tires.
from Dallas Observer
Jeff P. Jones is keenly aware that his subjects are monsters, but his historical fiction puts them in a context of Depression-era poverty and despair, portrayed in a narrative that ranges from poetic to plainly historical.
Complete Amazon reviews