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Night of the Mannequins av Stephen Graham…
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Night of the Mannequins (utgåvan 2020)

av Stephen Graham Jones (Författare)

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Titel:Night of the Mannequins
Författare:Stephen Graham Jones (Författare)
Info:Tordotcom (2020), 136 pages
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Night of the Mannequins av Stephen Graham Jones

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I'd heard good things about this novella. I thought it would be a good way to fill an afternoon, but it took me much longer to read it than I thought. Why? I couldn't handle it. I read a lot of horror but this after a certain point had me filled with anxiety. Very few books have that effect on me. In other words, this is very good horror. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Mar 15, 2021 |
"It seems so obvious when you're the one with blood on your hands right? Like everyone's watching you. Like everybody's waiting".

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones was one wild ride. It had my heart racing from the very beginning and it felt like my mind was literally playing tricks on me. It had all the campy, slasher vibes that gave me all the nostalgic feels and had me fighting with myself late at night wondering if I should continue reading and risk the nightmare or just wait it out until the next day.

I still don't think I know if the monster was real or just a figment of Sawyer Grimes', the protagonist's imagination or a reflection of his innermost psyche. Sawyer was the perfect psycho and I loved how the author tells the story through Sawyer's thoughts. This POV really made the story come to life and you got to experience all the creepy and horrific action in real time. You don't know if you want to look away or keep watching. The fact that it is all taking place while a slasher film plays in the background gives it that extra dose of mystery and irony. The author does a great job of laying out each scene but tricking you at the same time.

Even though this was a horror novella, I could not help but almost feel sorry for our teen killer. He thinks he is killing his friends to prevent others from dying. But I can't help but see how his character was a metaphor for teen angst. It wasn't until the very last two pages that I got the full picture of what he was going through inside his own mind. He felt out of place in his own friend group, pined away for his female best friend, longed for the feeling of family within his peer group, coveted their family lives and wore a mask so people couldn't see who he actually was. He tried to be the superhero. It was very reminiscent of some of my favorite slasher films.

This short gem embodied everything I love about slasher films. I am a SGJ fan for life. I cannot wait to read through his entire body of work now. My bookdragon rating is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 ( )
  Booklover217 | Jan 28, 2021 |
Scream + Weekend at Bernies + American Psycho

Here’s the part where I usually do my own synopsis. However, for maximum impact when you read, I want to avoid spoilers as much as I can for you. The first line of the book is “So, Shannah got a new job at the most vie theater, we thought we’d play a fun prank on her, and now most of us are dead, and I’m really starting to feel kind of guilty about it all.” That, coupled with the title, is all you need to know going in.

I don’t get why it’s fine for a movie to be a fun, mindless slasher film, and not a book. That’s the best way to describe this book. Towards the beginning I was getting a headache from trying to dive deep and figure out what the book was really about. After I just let go, it became so much more enjoyable (although I still can’t really say I understood)!

Buy this for yourself or anyone looking for something different. If you’re twisted, get it for someone who grew up watching the Canadian kids’ show, “Today’s Special.” ( )
  punkypower | Jan 7, 2021 |
A night at the movies, a prank gone wrong and a town turned on its head. I never know what to expect from Stephen Graham Jones, and this novella is no exception!

Told in the first person, Sawyer explains how his group of friends found an old mannequin in the mud near the river and how they dug him out, dressed him up and put him in a bunch of different situations. They named him Manny. As teenagers often do, they quickly tired of him and now he, (it?), resides on top of Sawyer's dad's old motorcycle, parked in their garage. Manny is resurrected though, to play a prank on a movie theater manager. A prank that, tragically, goes wrong and now Sawyer has to right that wrong-and soon. Will he be successful? You'll have to read this to find out!

It's really hard to discuss this tale without spoilers, but, as usual, Stephen Graham Jones threw me a curveball. Everything I thought this story was about was wrong. What I thought was going to happen? I was wrong. What I thought Sawyer would do? He didn't. Why? I can't tell you, you'll just have to read it.

Easily read in an hour or two, I've often mentioned that I think the novella form is one of the best ways to present a horror story. Every word has to count, every action leads to the next. It's tight, it doesn't waste time, and when it's done well? It's a perfect little package of darkness that leaves you thinking for days. Bravo, once again to Stephen Graham Jones!

Highly recommended!

Available on September 1st, but you can pre-order here: https://amzn.to/2XZTtdv

*Thank you to NetGalley and Tor for the e-ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!* ( )
  Charrlygirl | Aug 13, 2020 |
Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones is a twisted little gem. I had read and enjoyed, The Only Good Indians, so when I saw this novella I was excited to see what he could do in a shorter story, and Jones does not disappoint. There is a level of creepiness throughout, first with the supernatural element and then with the total craziness of what is actually happening…. And I didn’t even think of it as an option to the death and destruction until it was revealed.

As with many horror short stories or novellas, the reader is often dropped right into the action without a lot of background. Jones does give us some background throughout the story and there is just one mention as to why this may be happening (at least that I caught). It is a brief sentence and isn’t brought up again, but for me at least, this added to the trepidation. I really enjoyed that Jones didn’t dwell on the why and just gave us the horror filled action.

Jones has a lot of other books published, which is great for those who want to read more of his books. A few that look good to me are; The Last Final Girl, Zombie Bake-Off, and The Least of My Scars. If you have a favorite by Jones, I would love to hear about it. ( )
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Jones expertly expresses Sawyer’s teenage attitudes and anxieties while skillfully tipping readers off to the chilling understanding that Sawyer is not the most reliable of narrators. Balancing horror and humor, this novella puts a clever modern twist on a classic monster story.
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