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The Only Good Indians

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Peter Straub’s Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press
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    The Only Good Indians
    Release date: May 19, 2020
    From the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones, comes a dark novel of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from ...more

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    Giveaway dates: Dec 07 - Dec 18, 2019

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    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS is a masterpiece. Intimate, devastating, brutal, terrifying, yet warm and heartbreaking in the best way, Stephen Graham Jones has written a horror novel about injustice and, ultimately, about hope. Not a false, sentimental hope, but the real one, the one that some of us survive and keeps the rest of us going. And it gives me hope that this book exists.
    Chelsea Humphrey
    Oct 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Recommended to Chelsea by: Gallery Books
    This is own voices for Native American rep, and by golly if I don't have a new most anticipated 2020 release. Ghost Story meets Big Little Lies? Sign me up, y'all.


    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
    Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: cemetery-dance
    Writing up my review for Cemetery Dance but mark my words: It's this book by SGJ that is going to be made into a movie (I'm already calling it) This is the kind of horror people want right now. The characters are memorable, interesting, flawed, funny--REAL.
    This horror has something to say.
    A modern revenge story with biting social commentary that eats away at your soul. My heart and my mind ached after I finished.
    Wishes really do come true!

    Thank you to Gallery Books for providing me with an ARC. I love the sounds of this -- y'all know, I am always down for a strong revenge plot!

    Early reviews for this are so encouraging and I can't wait to pick it up!!! Happy day!!!
    Rebecca Roanhorse
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Jones has written a chilling and original story of revenge set in contemporary Indian Country that had me staying up late turning pages as fast as I could. The book is bloody and brutal at times, but also intimate, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. Jones boldly and bravely incorporates both the difficult and the beautiful parts of contemporary Indian life into his story, never once falling into stereotypes or easy answers but also not shying away from the horrors caused by cycles of ...more
    Robin Bonne
    5 Stars.
    Stephen Graham Jones has done it once again; he wrote a terrifying book that had me biting my nails and quickly turning pages. I can safely say that he is my all-time favorite horror author and this is one of his best.

    This is a story about a vengeful elk. A group of friends shot at a herd of elk, causing a pregnant elk to die. She came back to seek revenge on them and their children, including their beloved dogs.

    The violence is well written; gory but not excessive. The scenes described
    Jon Recluse
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: horror, netgalley
    When four young members of the Blackfeet Nation decide to hunt on reservation land reserved for tribal elders, it costs them the right to hunt on reservation land ever again.

    Ten years later, they will learn the price is much higher than that. And they won't be the only ones to pay it.

    For prey has become the hunter. Maternal instinct fuels unrelenting vengeance as a nature spirit rises from a killing field to balance the scales.

    A brilliant, literary Native American horror novel that is incredibly
    Tracy Robinson
    Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: tbr-wishlist
    Review to come for Sci Fi and Scary. Know that from the first line of the novel to the last line of the Acknowledgments, I was ensconced in this world. No exaggeration or “hype”. Just damn good writing and beautiful, horrifying storytelling.
    Jessica Woodbury
    Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    An absolutely excellent start to my Horror Marathon for this year. Horror can only be good if it is about more than just a monster or evil force. If you aren't invested in the people and the place and the time you are in, then none of it is all that scary. Even if the monster is something you'd never even thought to be scared of (honestly had never once in my entire life thought I should be creeped out by elk, but now I will be creeped out by them forever) good horror will make you scared of it ...more
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    I want this so bad it hurts a little ...more
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Peter Straub’s Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

    Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.


    Thanks to the publisher and author
    Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: horror
    So, maybe you aren’t much of a horror person. I know those people. I’ve met those people. “Oh, that stuff?” they say. “Blood and gore and knives and screaming and jump scares? That’s not for me, they always say. “Why would you be interested in all that?

    It might be my favorite question, honestly.

    And now to go along with that question, I have the perfect book to put in their hands.

    Horror is what’s scary, sure. It’s whatever we try to lock away in some dusty and dimly lit corner of our minds,
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is a truly strange book, and I like that about it. Jones really nails the whole creeping dread, slow burn, unhinged reality thing. And I am here for it. I also appreciated how much of this story was tied to Native American experiences and storytelling. This book couldn't have been written by, or about, white people and been even remotely similar. The horror, characters, and narrative all tie so tightly into native topics that you could never pull them apart. It was probably my favorite ...more
    Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
    I stayed in bed too late this morning finishing this book even as my kitten screamed at me and my dogs grumbled for food because I had to finish it and see how it ended and who, if anyone, would survive.

    The Only Good Indians is the new realistic horror we need right now. An #ownvoices story of American Indian men in the Blackfeet tribe who made a choice ten years ago during an elk hunt gone wrong that comes back to haunt them.

    The characters are real, the gore is visceral and the end had me
    Rachel  Drenning
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Stephen Graham Jones has never let me down. Everything he writes just glows and sticks with you. This was a very haunting tale about guilt and our minds, how the two combined can be our undoing. Being native American this was a terrifying story,but will be to anyone, no matter your heritage. Highly recommend.
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Damn. That was brutal. And devastating. I feel like I got sucker punched. A few times.
    Native American storytelling is woven into the story of four friends who really mess up and have to face the consequences. And those consequences are harsh, terrifying and unforgiving. There is gore and A+ level horror shock factors. I could never guess what would happen next.

    The writing is absolutely masterful and suspenseful.

    The Only Good Indians didn’t pull any punches, and it shows. Out in May 2020!
    Becky Spratford
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Review coming to Library Journal in January
    Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones is a wickedly well written horror story that went far above my expectations! It is an eerily creepy tale about a supernatural force of nature seeking revenge; honestly, this is not what I was expecting and I mean this in the most awesome way possible!

    Mr. Jones wrote the characters so deeply fleshed which made for a really affecting reading experience; Fear, guilt, sadness, compassion, pity, anxiety, heart-break … There were a few times that I needed
    Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Couldn't put it down. The contrast between totally mundane and completely uncanny was done so deftly. The characters are very, very real from the first page, from every single one's first appearance--including the nonhuman ones (maybe especially the nonhuman ones. I've never found myself so sympathetic to a vengeful dead elk spirit before). And it was definitely scary, for a number of reasons. There were a few moments where I had to put the book down and take a little walk around the room ...more
    Mandy McHugh
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is my first Netgalley review, and The Only Good Indians did not disappoint.

    I'd seen some of my favorite reviewers raving about this book on Twitter, so when I decided to try Netgalley, I was excited to see this was available.

    The Only Good Indians is a revenge story, but it is so much more than that.

    This story reads like an oral tradition. It is conversational and tangential, weaving in non-linear arcs and stumbling over memories. Jumping from character to character, but always in the same
    A Broken Zebra
    4.5 ; review to come, but simply put, it's worth a read. Semi-spoilery image at bottom of review!

    Badass ARC Packaging

    I'm pretty damn happy I won this ARC. Look at the spoopy, badass packaging!

    While it didn't scare me (hence the four and a half versus the full five stars), it certainly had creepy moments. I appreciated the cultural exposure, from stories to language, the most. This novel has likable and unlikable characters alike, is told in a unique manner, and was all around a fun read. I
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a superb work of horror. I am honored and ecstatic to get to read this before its publication.

    This is a revenge story unlike any I've ever read. The emotions are powerful, the characters are electric, and we ultimately have two intensely powerful female characters to rally behind. The monster is humanized, engaging, and sympathetic. The larger discussion beyond the horror elements is one of racism, systemic oppression, the overwhelming cycle of poverty and addiction, and the continuous
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    “Wanted to write a slasher, but in a way the slasher hasn't been done before.”

    On Inspiration for this.

    Stephen Graham Jones On Writing, and inspirations.

    @ More2read
    Jen Ryan
    Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I truly enjoyed the Horror of this novel. It was very much an American Indian tale but a much better than the flat stereotypes I usually encounter. Four friends have to pay for what they did wrong on a Elk hunt ten years ago. The suspense and horror was excellent. The characters were both likable and not, real people not generalizations. The writing was wonderful. The first victim basically goes slowly insane from paranoia and the realization of what is coming. This was a perfect set up of fear ...more
    Joe Jones
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The 10 yr anniversary of an illegal elk hunt has devastating consequences for a group of Blackfeet Indians. Visceral and heartbreaking. I cannot recommend it enough! So. Damn. Good.
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: fiction, arc, horror, own-it
    Kind of a convoluted, all over the place story. It has a few good moments but overall didn't really make a lot of sense.
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Of course the title caught my eye, but when I heard the description, I knew I had to read this. My pueblo has so many stories about respecting the animals you hunt, and I had devoured the graphic novel Deer Woman earlier this year, so I was thrilled when Netgalley gave me an early digital copy.

    At first I had a hard time with the flow of this novel. First of all, a lot of the story isn't explained, only hinted at for the first quarter, so even though I had an idea of what had happened to four
    Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    *A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an eARC for review!*

    The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones started a little rocky. Many characters were introduced all at the same time, which made the story convoluted and confusing until I was able to figure out who everybody was and their relationships with one another.

    A plot twist occurred about 30% into the book and changed my entire perspective on the story. This first plot twist got me, but the others were
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    No summary, just thoughts. It took me a little bit to get into this book - partially due to my own distractions and partially because I found the beginning of the book a little hard to follow - but I am very glad I kept going, because it hooked me once I was about 1/5 of the way in and then I blew through the rest of it. This is a spooky-weird book in the best way and made me feel like I was watching a slow-motion disaster unfold without being able to turn away or stop it from happening. I liked ...more
    Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A little ways into this, I began to think, "I've read an awful lot of zombie animal books lately." I needn't have worried that this one would be the same as the others: it's very different, and very good. Four young men, full of hubris and disdain, massacre a herd of elk they find grazing in the men's Native elders' hunting grounds. One of the elk is young and pregnant, and though she may be dead, she does not forget or forgive. Ten years later, with one of the men already dead, the other three ...more
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    Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six collections. He really likes werewolves and slashers. Favorite novels change daily, but Valis and Love Medicine and Lonesome Dove and It and The Things They Carried are all usually up there somewhere. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado. It's a big change from the West Texas he grew up in. He's married with a couple kids, and probably one ...more