• Elysse Gracie

The Only Good Indians Review

Stephen Graham Jones is new in my rotation of favorite authors. Native + Horror?

The Only Good Indians: 4/5 ☆☆☆☆

Hi, read this book! The first two photos are how I actually looked during the gory scenes. 🙈


I finished my first spooky read of the month in the early morning on October 1st! Stephen Graham Jones is an exceptional writer. Every single plot twist was a suprise and, sometimes, a jump scare. He writes each character’s thought process in an immediate way. Even when a protagonist was losing his ever-lovin’ mind, you could still find the logic in what was left of his sanity. When waking nightmares feel imaginary but have deadly repercussions? Terrifying. Routed in American Indian legend and set in present-day, the book was a reminder to heed the advice of your elders and respect cultural tradition. Its warning: sometimes your past will come back to haunt you if you don’t make amends. In The Only Good Indians, every man pays back what he owes and then some. A generational curse may only be broken if tragedy is laid to rest, but how do you outrun history?


For a gal that doesn’t like basketball, I was surprised at how Jones was able to translate its beauty and grit onto pages! I mean, I was on the edge of my seat for a fictional game that I could only see on the little projector in my head. I can’t wait to read his other books I bought in Boulder a couple weeks ago. Read this if you like basketball and American Indian tradition or are looking for a frightening weekend read for the spookiest time of the year. You won’t put it down.

🤞🏽scout’s honor