Staff Pick: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Title: The Only Good Indians
Author: Stephen Graham Jones
Narrator: Shaun Taylor-Corbett

As a big fan of all things horror, I’m always on the hunt for an audiobook with a new and interesting story. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good haunted house tale as much as anyone, but sometimes I just need something fresh and exciting, something different.

When I read the description of The Only Good Indians it described the author as “the Jordan Peele of horror literature,” and I was immediately sold. After watching Get Out and Us too many times, I was itching for more, so this new listen from Stephen Graham Jones couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Only Good Indians starts off by following Lewis, a 30-year-old Blackfeet living with his wife, Petra. We get to see the ins and outs of his life while also hearing his inner monologue, which pulls you right into the story. While inside Lewis’ head, we also get glimpses of a past elk hunting trip where something not quite right transpired, as he is currently being haunted by one of the elk that he killed.

As the story builds, the suspense is next-level and I was dying to reach the moment of clarity where we can truly know what the truth is. And the wait was well worth it, trust me.

This audiobook wouldn’t have been the same without the narration from Shaun Taylor-Corbett. His voice is so easy to listen to and convincing, it really feels like you’re inside Lewis’ mind. And having previously provided narration for There There by Tommy Orange, a huge hit in 2018, it’s a given that Taylor-Corbett can convey a story.

This is not your typical horror audiobook, so if you’re on the hunt for something that will keep you immersed, keep you guessing, and keep you on the edge of your seat, then you should definitely line up The Only Good Indians as your next listen.

Publisher Summary:

A tale 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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