The final installment in the most lauded trilogy in the history of horror novels picks up four years after Don’t Fear the Reaper as Jade returns to Proofrock, Idaho, to build a life after the years of sacrifice—only to find the Lake Witch is waiting for her in New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones’s finale.
It’s been four years in prison since Jade Daniels last saw her hometown of Proofrock, Idaho, the day she took the fall, protecting her friend Letha and her family from incrimination. Since then, her reputation, and the town, have changed dramatically. There’s a lot of unfinished business in Proofrock, from serial killer cultists to the rich trying to buy Western authenticity. But there’s one aspect of Proofrock no one wants to confront…until Jade comes back to town. The curse of the Lake Witch is waiting, and now is the time for the final stand.
New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones has crafted an epic horror trilogy of generational trauma from the Indigenous to the townies rooted in the mountains of Idaho. It is a story of the American west written in blood.
Jones (Don't Fear the Reaper) brings his Jade Daniels trilogy to a bloody end in this riotously entertaining tale. It's 2023, eight years after 17-year-old slasher movie aficionado Jade was both unable to save her hometown of Proofrock, Idaho, from the gruesome events now remembered as the Independence Day Massacre and unjustly imprisoned as the perpetrator of the bloodbath. Older and wiser, Jade's working as a history teacher at her old high school in Proofrock when things start going to hell in a handbasket again: more local teenagers turn up slaughtered, a raging fire consumes the forest surrounding town, and a spectral figure dubbed "the Angel" haunts the shores of the lake that town fathers dammed up to submerge the original settlement on which Proofrock was founded. Jones weaves in plenty of clues and red herrings to keep the reader guessing just who is responsible for all the mayhem before igniting a climax that plays out like a horror film library exploding its holdings in a fiery spectacular. At the center of it all is Jade, a descendant of the Indigenous tribes displaced by Proofrock's settlers who embraces her outsider status and plays the perfect guide through this tale's weird terrain. This is a worthy finale to a series that has expanded the horizons of contemporary horror.