cover image Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology

Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology

Edited by Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. Vintage, $17 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-593-46846-3

Hawk (Anoka) and Van Alst (Sacred City) present a heavy-hitting arrangement of 26 twisted tales from established and emerging Indigenous North American authors. The collection mixes hauntings (as in Mona Susan Power’s “Dead Owls”) and monsters (in Mathilda Zeller’s “Kushtuka”) from Native tradition, with the more mundane horrors of privileged white racism taken to extremes (in Amber Blaeser-Wardzala’s “Collections”), the devastating effects of abuse (in Kelli Jo Ford’s “Heart-Shaped Clock”), and a touch of satisfyingly violent revenge against mistreatment, both supernatural (in D.H. Trujillo’s “Snakes Are Born in the Dark”) and mundane (in David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s “Sundays”). Hawk’s own contribution, “Behind Colin’s Eyes,” evokes a visceral feeling of being trapped. Family stories and intergenerational relationships form a running theme, taking center stage in Morgan Talty’s “The Prepper,” while the dangerous power of storytelling itself comes to the fore in Richard Van Camp’s gripping “Scariest. Story. Ever.” Lifting up an exciting array of authors, this anthology will be a treat for horror fans. (Sept.)