Reviews of dark fiction (Under Construction)

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS is a superb, gut wrenching novel, and it wrecked me.

I’ve been sitting here struggling to come up with some words that don’t sound like the same old thing. This book is not the same old thing.

I’ve been sitting here struggling to find a way to relate to you the mind-warping effects of this novel, because it is mind warping.

I wish I had a way to explain how the guilt here was wrapped up and entwined with grief and shame and then buried under the burdens of Native American life.

I wish I could tell you that the tragic truths told in this book were not true, but I’d be lying if I did.

With beautifully written prose that demands your full attention, the ugliest of stories unfolds here. I loved every black and brutal, dark and gray minute of it. I don’t what else to say.

My highest recommendation.

Available now: THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS

*Thank you to Saga Press and NetGalley for the e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

**Originally published on my old blog on 3.1.2020.**

The Only Good Indians Book Cover The Only Good Indians
Stephen Graham Jones
Dark Fiction
Gallery/Saga Press
7.14.2020
E-Arc
319
https://amzn.to/3mglYNu

 

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year

“One of 2020’s buzziest horror novels.” —Entertainment Weekly

A “Most Anticipated Books of Summer” selection in Esquire, Elle, Vulture, Time, AV ClubBustle, and Literary Hub

“Gritty and gorgeous” —The New York Times

“Jones is one of the best writers working today regardless of genre, and this gritty, heartbreaking novel might just be his best yet.” —NPR

“Jones’s latest horror novel sprints from start to finish.” —The Washington Post

“[A] stark page-turner.” —Los Angeles Times

“More than I could have asked for in a novel.” —Tommy Orange, Pulitzer Prize finalist, author of There There

A masterpiece.” —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Survivor Song

A tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.

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