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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (September 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in Texas. In Boulder, Colorado now. Forty-two. Blackfeet. Into werewolves and slashers and zombies. Would wear pirate shirts a lot if I could find them. And probably carry some kind of sword. More over at http://demontheory.net or @SGJ72

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I had a lot of difficulty following the plot, the characters.
Eric J. Juneau
The content of the book was predestined as something that I should really like but what was the biggest flaw of the book is its form.
xMort
Not only is it jarring, but it leaps around so much with jumpcuts that anyone without ADHD is going to get whiplash.
Jonathan

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Griffin on February 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Told at the full-tilt pace of a teen slasher pic, The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones effectively conveys the author's love and respect for the form. Divided up into very short bites, like a movie is divided into shots of a few seconds each, the story proceeds at a rapid clip, with none of the typical novel's digressions or introspection. It's something like 90% dialog, interspersed with tags almost like shorthand, describing character actions.

The slasher is probably one of the most straight-forward, accessible kinds of movies, but this book is told in an experimental style. Others have likened the format to a screenplay, but it's actually more like an overseeing narrator describing the on-screen action of a film as it happens. It's a verbal play-by-play, describing shots, character movements, what the camera (and audience) sees and notices. The narrator is well-versed in the actors, directors, references, inside jokes and tropes of slasher films.

This results in a fun, cheeky stream-of-consciousness running description, complete with winking asides from the characters and sometimes also the invisible narrator letting the reader in on any references they might've missed. Though the story takes place in the present day, these high school kids are very familiar with cultural touchstones of the 80s (the golden age of the slasher film, as well as the coming-of-age era of the author) so that lines from popular movies and other culture from my own high school years pop up all through the story.

In a sense this is less about literature, in the sense of inward reflection, and more about the kinetic energy of film told in written form. It's clever, full of attitude, crafted by a person who clearly loves, values and understands slasher films as a genre.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pterodactyl Samurai on September 22, 2012
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In this, the smartest slasher ever written, Stephen Graham Jones does what every self-conscious slasher flick so far created has failed to do: be intelligent and entertaining at the same time. Jones knows this genre better than anyone, it seems and he is going to tell you why slashers are the most important thing that humans do. And it will have nothing to do with pleasing ancient gods, thank goodness.

Written with urgency, intelligence, intensity and almost movie-script like brevity, Last Final Girl whizzes past and is over far too soon. Which may be my only complaint. Not that there's a shortage of meat in the meantime. Bare breasts, collapsed skulls, pig fetuses, old farm machinery, multiple villain situations, decapitation, creepy out-of-towner's and an abundance of high school snark made me pause every three or four pages just to laugh, bask in the overwhelming violence, or check that all of my doors were locked.

Though I'm a big fan of his writing, this may be the first Stephen Graham Jones book that I recommend to every single person I know regardless of age, personality, or reading habits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David J. Keaton on July 24, 2013
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This review is apt to be a bit bias, as this is what usually happens when readers becomes delusional enough to think a novel was written specifically for them. That's the case here though, as Mr. Jones has crafted a book so far up inside the head of a horror movie fan that its likely to read like Morse Code to a civilian. Their confusion is their loss though because something very unique is happening with this narrative, something that will likely be misinterpreted as an attempt to half-novelize a screenplay. But it only resembles a screenplay at first glance, mostly because of the clever arrows and whiplash descriptions of the next "shot." But the difference here is all the difference - what is usually lost in a screenplay format (and in a film), particularly the moves only a novel can make up, down, and all around the action (and up in everyone's heads, of course), can now be relished instead of distilled, making this not quite screenplay, not quite novel, but a new hybrid machine hand-tooled for maximum enjoyment by a specific audience. The premise, a gathering of familiar names, "Jamie (Lee Curtis)," "Ripley," "Crystal (B)lake," etc., all of them "last final girls" who should have earned the right to finally relax after surviving their respective horror movies, now in danger of being picked off by a nut in a Whacko Jacko mask, is just as fun as Jones' previous Zombie Bake-Off (also put out by Lazy Fascist), and just as smart and subversive as that book. Things get twistier, and in spite of the positively Aztec levels of bloody sacrifice, what Jones would never dream of sacrificing are the expectations of any good horror show. The author is so confident in his knowledge of horror tropes that he never subverts those expectations when it comes time to satisfy them.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raf on July 15, 2013
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The story starts with a final girl and her horse Wildfire facing off with a serial killer wearing a Michael Jackson mask. There's also a longsword. Then speeding forward, we find out there are more girls in this high school looking to become the next final girl and there's quite a bit of envy involved with that.

This book is quite meta, using the final girl trope to build a story on. It's quite fun too. The dialogues are great.
The experimental style, which feels like a movie script meeting literature, made me visualize more of this story than I normally do. At times it slowed my reading down some, when the POV changed in an unexpected way and I had to reorient myself in the scene.

Reading this teen slasher felt like it had been written by the genre itself. There are a ton of references to horror movies and characters. This book is smart. It gives a clever insight in what the genre is about while maintaining a fun story throughout.
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