The Only Good Indians

Stephen Graham Jones

fiction horror
dark mysterious reflective medium-paced

320 pages | first published 2020

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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Moods

dark 99%
tense 80%
mysterious 64%
emotional 38%
sad 28%
challenging 26%
reflective 21%
adventurous 9%
funny 5%
hopeful 4%
informative 3%
inspiring 0%

Pace

medium 66%
fast 18%
slow 15%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 53% | Character: 26% | Plot: 19%

Strong character development?

Yes: 44% | It's complicated: 36% | No: 15% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 59% | No: 21% | Yes: 17% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 0% | No: 0%

Average rating

3.98