Quick Reviews: My Heart is a Chainsaw, Stephen Graham Jones (2021)

Jade Daniels is an outcast – half-Indian, with an abusive father, and absent mother – in Proofrock, a town that wants nothing to do with her. Now, one class away from dropping out of school, she is pouring her life and soul into her last assignment – a personal history of horror films.

Jade Daniels loves a slasher and she loves to talk about them.

It is just a shame no one wants to listen. If they did, then they might understand the signs that Jade is seeing, share her fear of the horrors that are mounting and realise that their little town is in big danger.

Stephen Graham Jones loves a slasher and he loves to write about them.

It would be a shame if you don’t read this book.

My Heart is a Chainsaw is a glorious loveletter to the slasher film and Jones’s love of the genre burns on every page. It is also a cleverly plotted mystery that should keep you guessin until the very end. Who is the mysterious slasher terrorising the town? Will the Final Girl be able to stop them?

Jones has written an amazing book and I can’t recommend it enough. You think you know what it is when you look at the cover and at the blurb on the back, but he takes you on a guided tour of slashers and of Proofrock while fooling you at every corner until he drags you kicking and screaming to one of the best endings I have read in a long time.

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