Night of the Mannequins

Night of the Mannequins

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"We thought we'd play a fun prank on her, and now most of us are dead. One last laugh for the summer as it winds down. One last prank just to scare a friend. Bringing a mannequin into a theater is just some harmless fun, right? Until it wakes up. Until it starts killing. Luckily, Sawyer has a plan. He'll be a hero. He'll save everyone to the best of his ability. He'll kill as many people as he needs to so he can save the day. That's the thing about heroes - sometimes you have to become a monster first."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : TomDotCom, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250752079
1250752078
Call Number: FIC JON
Characteristics: 135 pages ; 21 cm
Bib Control Number: 1137151

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Jones is a Blackfeet Native American author whose debut "All The Good Indians", shook the horror genre world. Back again, Jones' story follows a group of teens that pull a prank in a theater that puts them in a less-hilarious-more-horrific situation.


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Casiepaws
Apr 16, 2021

Meh. I really wanted to like it. I only finished it because it was so short. It was padded like crazy to make it longer but the reality is it's a 30,000 word short story. Could have shaved at least five thousand unnecessary words off it to make it less annoying. Possibly a contract fulfillment project?
I had high hopes for this author. Will I read more? Maybe. As long as it is NOTHING like this 'book'.

LCPL_Cathy Nov 17, 2020

Who doesn’t think mannequins aren’t just a little creepy? If you don’t, you will after reading this novella by horror writer, Stephen Graham Jones. The story of a teenage prank gone terribly wrong hooks the reader from the very first sentence and doesn’t slow from there. This is not your typical slasher type of horror story….it’s dark and twisted, yes but by telling it from the main character’s perspective, it gives the reader an insight into what it might feel like to have an unchecked mental illness coupled with the fear of being left behind. It’s a quick read and well worth the time in my opinion.

OPL_DavidD Nov 15, 2020

A fast paced and fun use of an unreliable narrator. Great for a quick Halloween read.

Chapel_Hill_KristenS Nov 10, 2020

Read this after enjoying "The Only Good Indians", which were both published this year. The two stories start out with a similar plot: a group of friends are met with extremely bad fortune following an event; in this case, a movie theater prank involving a mannequin gone wrong. However, "Night of the Mannequins" takes a wicked turn, and we discover that the narrator is very unreliable, and apt to justify his gaps in logic. While this book certainly falls under the horror genre (with good reason), it is also a coming of age story about a teenager losing his grip on reality, and subsequently, his circle of friends.

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