The Only Good Indians

The Only Good Indians

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"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."--
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, 2020
Edition: First Saga Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982136451
Branch Call Number: Jones, S
Jones, S
Jones, S
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 22, 2021

“The Only Good Indians” is a modern-day story of spirit vengeance by Stephen Graham Jones. Years after four American Indian youths illegally slaughter a group of elk, they find themselves in a struggle for survival against an entity bent on revenge. Culture and tradition cannot be outrun. The book reads like 3 separate stories as the entity grows from spiritual to physical with each death. I enjoyed it.

RCL_Jenna Apr 06, 2021

This was the best horror novel I’ve read in a long time. I was captivated by the story and couldn’t tear my eyes away from the vivid descriptions. This novel may not be for the faint of heart. Stephen Graham Jones knows how to write a story that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the final page. The characters are flawed and realistic and even the evil that follows them has an understandable depth. This book sticks with you.

Mar 17, 2021

Lethbridge ***

Feb 02, 2021

The Only Good Indians is a supernatural story centered around the lives of 4 Blackfeet Indian men who unlawfully killed a large number of elk over 10 years ago and are now experiencing a "haunting" by a vengeful Elk Woman spirit. The Elk Woman appears to the men as a naked woman with a huge elongated elk head and glowing, yellow, violent eyes. One by one, she picks off each of the men. I have to admit that the short novel did not immediately envelop me as I found the characters names/nicknames and colloquial speech to be difficult to follow. The "meat" of the book begins once the reader recognizes that all of the male friends are being punished for the same act. The author certainly raises good points as to what can happen when traditions are eroded over time and the horror that can ensue when the environment finally bites back.

LCPL_Cathy Jan 13, 2021

I found this story to be engaging from beginning to end. It’s a supernatural story about revenge. The characters feel like real people that you might know. I found myself in turns rooting for the four friends who just made a mistake and wanting elk-head woman to get her revenge. To me, that’s a mark of a skilled writer...making you feel for both sides. Reader be warned that there are some hard to read scenes where animals are hurt....essential to the story but still very disturbing.

Dec 14, 2020

The Only Good Indians takes a fairly basic horror trope and imaginatively retells it through a Native American lens. Inventive and engaging, the story touches on themes of heritage, identity and authority in novel ways. Overall, a well written and haunting tale that lingers with the reader.

Dec 11, 2020

The story immediately brings to mind a well-known Annie Proulx short story, "The Half-Skinned Steer." Set in Native American culture and mythology, this eerie horror novel follows a group of friends who commit an illegal and immoral slaughter of elk. The monstrous haunting that we all know is coming will keep you turning pages late into the night.

Nov 19, 2020

Visceral and ominous novel that flirts with pulp horror, but is also very much about tradition, identity, and history within the Native American community.

Oct 25, 2020

Did any editor even look at this? Awful, just plain awful. Only made it through a few pages of constant run-on sentences before I gave up. Life is too short for this garbage.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 16, 2020

A brutal, haunting, and terrifying novel incorporating themes of identity, tradition, violence, and revenge. The complex, flawed characters are heartbreakingly believable while the revenge-seeking Elk Head Woman is completely original and amazing (I am enamored with the very idea of her). The story is firmly placed in the complexity of contemporary Native American life while wryly sending up social commentary and upending expectations - all done with an edge of brisk humor. The climax of the story is exciting, bizarre, and satisfying with an ending that provides a glimmer of hopefulness.

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“We’re from where we’re from,” she says back. “Scars are part of the deal, aren’t they?”


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