"Brilliant." —The New York Times
Mapping the Interior is a horrifying, inward-looking novella from Stephen Graham Jones that Paul Tremblay calls "emotionally raw, disturbing, creepy, and brilliant."
Blackfeet author Stephen Graham Jones brings readers a spine-tingling Native American horror novella.
Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.
The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you'd rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost.
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Jones's neat little horror novella balances an energetic narrative with larger explorations of the inescapable burdens of family ties. A young boy, Junior, who's dealing with his brother's deteriorating mental condition and constant seizures, begins to see visions of his dead father in his labyrinthine house. Junior wrestles with his Native American heritage, calling into question his family's failures and his own sense of justice as his father's sinister purpose is revealed to the family. Jones weaves these meditations through the entirety of the novella, and his writing, at once electric and elegiac, keeps the reader firmly in a state of suspense. The central idea of the novella could have been expanded and elaborated on, but part of the charm of this piece is its brevity, and Jones still imbues it with emotional depth. The immediacy of Jones's fiction is wonderfully refreshing and not to be missed.
Subtle and outstanding
One of the best horror novellas I’ve ever read. This one gets under your skin, and lingers in the mind long after you’ve turned the final page. This book is at once subtle, creepy, ambiguous, bleak, and bittersweet. The culture of the Blackfeet people is an indelible part of the story, making this book part of a tiny genre of Native speculative fiction. Utterly unique, and well worth reading.
A great horror story that gets under your skin. This will be a definite re-read for me in the near future.