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

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

“What Stephen Graham Jones does for me, is create new possibilities for Indigenous storymakers.” —Terese Marie Mailhot, New York Times bestselling author

A masterpiece. ” —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

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.

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.
July 14, 2020  |  320 pages
(Read from Sep 14, 2020 to Sep 19, 2020)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Literature, 40% Entertainment
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Jones accomplishes so much with this novel, depicting modern native life both on and off the reservation while tying culture and tradition into a truly chilling horror plot. The first section is the book's crowning achievement, as the reader follows the psychological spiral of a postal clerk and the natural and supernatural forces which circle around him. His absence in the latter two sections is necessary for the sake of the revenge arc but forces Jones to start from scratch with less success.  (+1 vote)