My Heart Is A Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Published: August 31, 2021

Hardcover, 416 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books, I recieved an eARC to read and review.)



In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town Jade sees recent events only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for

Jade Daniels is an angry, half-Indian outcast with an abusive father, an absent mother, and an entire town that wants nothing to do with her. She lives in her own world, a world in which protection comes from an unusual source: horror movies…especially the ones where a masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them. And Jade narrates the quirky history of Proofrock as if it is one of those movies. But when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian Lake, she pulls us into her dizzying, encyclopedic mind of blood and masked murderers, and predicts exactly how the plot will unfold.

Yet, even as Jade drags us into her dark fever dream, a surprising and intimate portrait emerges… a portrait of the scared and traumatized little girl beneath the Jason Voorhees mask: angry, yes, but also a girl who easily cries, fiercely loves, and desperately wants a home. A girl whose feelings are too big for her body.

My Heart Is a Chainsaw is her story, her homage to horror and revenge and triumph.


This is one of my favorites authors of horror books, so I was beyond excited to get the chance to read this one. On top of that the “slasher movie” genre is my absolute favorite! This book was basically a dream come true, putting my two favorite things together books and slasher movies.

I thought this book read like an awesome slasher movie. I really wish this will be made into one. All the slasher movie references made my reading experience even more enjoyable.

The main character was awesome and a complete know it all. I loved how she tries to explain what’s going on through old movies, it’s so nostalgic. The whole final girl synopsis was done awesomely in my opinion.
This is definitely going to be one of my favorite reads of the year. This author has a way with words and made this so easy to follow, while having great twists and turns. I can’t wait to read more of this soon to be trilogy.

Boston Book Reader