... both satisfyingly terrifying and deeply entrenched in the intricacies of its subgenre. It’s a book that knows the rules, from a writer who knows exactly when to bend those rules ... What makes Jones the current reigning luminary of modern horror fiction is more than expertise and a sharp eye for brutality and dread. Tucked into his warm, propulsive prose is a white hot coal of raw, emotional might and relentless honesty which heightens every horror yarn he spins ... Everything in Don’t Fear the Reaper works remarkably well, but it all ultimately comes back to Jones’ gift for the emotion that’s driving each page.
... an all-consuming dive into the aesthetics of slasher films of yore, married with prose that takes itself seriously enough to be captivating but not so seriously that it feels needlessly glum. Don’t Fear the Reaper is a love letter to horror classics ... Jones doesn’t just deftly employ the tropes of slasher films; he expands them, giving his cast of teen characters the depth and motivation that is often lacking in a film genre that demands a tight 90-minute timeline. A perfect mix of compelling writing, characters who never cease to surprise and just the right amount of schlock.
Jones expertly blends snappy graveyard humor with nail-biting suspense, and he gives his characters distinctive personalities that distinguish them from the underdeveloped body fodder common to most slasher scenarios. This characteristically clever gore-fest proves Jennifer to be a horror heroine worthy of many more adventures.