The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Only Good Indians

Stephen Graham Jones

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The creeping horror of Paul Tremblay meets Tommy Orange’s There There in a dark novel 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.

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Animal death (20 reviewers), Gore (16 reviewers), Violence (14 reviewers), Animal cruelty (9 reviewers), Death (8 reviewers), Blood (7 reviewers), Suicide (5 reviewers), Gun violence (5 reviewers), Body horror (5 reviewers), Grief (4 reviewers), Racial slurs (3 reviewers), Racism (3 reviewers), Alcoholism (2 reviewers), Child death (2 reviewers), Vomit (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), and Self harm (1 reviewer)


Child death (2 reviewers), Gun violence (2 reviewers), Suicide (2 reviewers), Blood (2 reviewers), Animal death (1 reviewer), Gore (1 reviewer), Self harm (1 reviewer), Suicidal thoughts (1 reviewer), and Police brutality (1 reviewer)


Racism (2 reviewers), Suicide (2 reviewers), Alcoholism (1 reviewer), Body horror (1 reviewer), and Grief (1 reviewer)


dark 98%
tense 81%
mysterious 68%
emotional 40%
challenging 28%
sad 25%
reflective 22%
adventurous 9%
funny 7%
hopeful 4%
informative 2%
inspiring 0%


medium 61%
fast 23%
slow 15%

Strong character development?

Yes: 48% | It's complicated: 35% | No: 12% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 64% | No: 17% | Yes: 17% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 87% | No: 6% | It's complicated: 4% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 4% | N/A: 0% | No: 0%

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