I Was A Teenage Slasher

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Pub Date Jul 16 2024 | Archive Date Aug 13 2024
Saga Press | S&S/Saga Press

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From New York Times bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones comes a classic slasher story with a twist—perfect for fans of Riley Sager and Grady Hendrix.

1989, Lamesa, Texas. A small west Texas town driven by oil and cotton—and a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business. So it goes for Tolly Driver, a good kid with more potential than application, seventeen, and about to be cursed to kill for revenge. Here Stephen Graham Jones explores the Texas he grew up in, the unfairness of being on the outside, through the slasher horror he lives but from the perspective of the killer, Tolly, writing his own autobiography. Find yourself rooting for a killer in this summer teen movie of a novel gone full blood-curdling tragic.
From New York Times bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones comes a classic slasher story with a twist—perfect for fans of Riley Sager and Grady Hendrix.

1989, Lamesa, Texas. A small west Texas...

Advance Praise

"SGJ does it again! There is no disputing the crown, Stephen Graham Jones is the king of slashers." —Kimberly Jones, 5 Star Netgalley Reader Review 

"I’ve loved everything Stephen Graham Jones has written and this was no exception. I fully expected to be gutted by this, and I absolutely was. It’s gory and brutal, like all of his books. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s about love and friendship and family and sacrifice. This book wrecked me like no other slasher book has." Sheri Henning, 5 Star Librarian Review 

"This is a book that could reinvent the slasher genre." —David Royce, 5 Star Netgalley Reader Review 

"SGJ does it again! There is no disputing the crown, Stephen Graham Jones is the king of slashers." —Kimberly Jones, 5 Star Netgalley Reader Review 

"I’ve loved everything Stephen Graham Jones has...


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I Was a Teenage Slasher is probably one of the most unique horror novels I've ever read. I went into it expecting a pretty straightforward “memoir” of a teenage serial killer, but instead I somehow ended up with a supernaturally-fueled bildungsroman that got me kind of teary-eyed at the end? It was so very not what I was expecting, but it in the best possible way.

Don't get me wrong, though. This book is gory in places and it's not for the faint of heart. Things are definitely not all sunshine and rainbows in Lamesa, Texas. I mean, people get their heads split in half, okay? If you've read previous Stephen Graham Jones novels, you probably have a pretty good idea of what to expect. But, at the same time, it's also a tale of friendship and love and family and sacrifice, and it's certainly not just your run of the mill slasher story.

The plot does lean heavily on slasher film tropes, however. The baddie in this novel has all of the usual slasher traits (including near-invincibility and an all-consuming need for revenge), and he also does a whole lot of, well … slashing. The Final Girl is perhaps the most important piece to this story, however, and the bits at the end involving her are just simply fantastic. Seriously. I should have seen it coming but was completely blindsided, but – once again – in the best possible way.

This book isn't just all slashing and killing and people running for their lives, though. There's lots of talking and thinking and meandering around town in between the action-y bits. And it admittedly took me a bit to fully get into it. When things first went off the rails (you'll know the scene when you get to it), I was completely lost and kept thinking that someone was obviously hallucinating. And then it kept getting weirder and weirder and wasn't entirely enjoyable, but then everything just kind of clicked for me and I couldn't put it down.

So, yeah.

If you've enjoyed Stephen Graham Jones's previous novels and/or appreciate a good slasher film, I definitely recommend giving this one a read.

My overall rating: 4.25 stars for enjoyability and another 0.5 stars for originality, for a grand total of 4.75 stars, rounded up.

Many thanks to NetGalley and S&S/Saga Press for providing me with an advance copy of this book to review. Its expected publication date is July 16, 2024.

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