This blog chronicles the triumphs and trials of fiction writer Darius Jones.


I write literary speculative fiction and historical fiction. I think the division between “literary fiction,” on the one hand, and “speculative fiction” on the other, is false, misleading, and damaging. Fiction is one. So, I group them together. Besides, isn’t any decent work of speculative fiction also literary?

If I had to answer the question: “But what sort of speculative fiction do you write?” I would answer: Cosmic Horror, Weird Fiction, or Dark Fantasy. My favorite label for what I write is “Transcendental Horror.” That is, it’s usually set in a world like ours, but on closer examination, that world is a little “off.” Think: The Twilight Zone or Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return.

My intent in all of this is not to provide a refuge from the world or escapism. It’s not to take people out of this world. Rather, it’s to drive them deeper into it. To change the frequency on their personal receiver just so…To show them a glimpse of something more real than they ever imagined or even thought possible. Because that’s the strangest thing of all…Don’t you think?

When it comes to historical fiction, there are certain places and times I feel drawn to again and again. Those include medieval Muslim Spain (al-Andalus) and the ancient Middle East. I also have a keen interest in all things Russian (long, long story).

For a flavor of what I write, here’s a list of works I have published:

For what I’m working on now, see my Works in Progress.

I’m also an Affiliate Member of the Horror Writers Association, an Associate Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the Northern Virginia Writers’ Club. These organizations do a great job of representing and supporting me and my fellow writers. I highly recommend memberships in them (or your local equivalent) if you yourself are getting serious about this writing thing!

As for me, there’s not much to tell…Let’s just say I write fiction whenever I get a chance.


[UPDATED: March 2023. Author photo: Roger Hammons Photography. Header photo: Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico under Creative Commons license.]

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