Never Whistle at Night
An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology
by Shane Hawk & Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.
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Pub Date 19 Sep 2023 | Archive Date Not set
Penguin Random House, Vintage
“Never failed to surprise, delight, and shock.” —Nick Cutter, author of The Troop and Little Heaven
Featuring stories by:
Norris Black • Amber Blaeser-Wardzala • Phoenix Boudreau • Cherie Dimaline • Carson Faust • Kelli Jo Ford • Kate Hart • Shane Hawk • Brandon Hobson • Darcie Little Badger • Conley Lyons • Nick Medina • Tiffany Morris • Tommy Orange • Mona Susan Power • Marcie R. Rendon • Waubgeshig Rice • Rebecca Roanhorse • Andrea L. Rogers • Morgan Talty • D.H. Trujillo • Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. • Richard Van Camp • David Heska Wanbli Weiden • Royce Young Wolf • Mathilda Zeller
Many Indigenous people believe that one should never whistle at night. This belief takes many forms: for instance, Native Hawaiians believe it summons the Hukai’po, the spirits of ancient warriors, and Native Mexicans say it calls Lechuza, a witch that can transform into an owl. But what all these legends hold in common is the certainty that whistling at night can cause evil spirits to appear—and even follow you home.
These wholly original and shiver-inducing tales introduce readers to ghosts, curses, hauntings, monstrous creatures, complex family legacies, desperate deeds, and chilling acts of revenge. Introduced and contextualized by bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones, these stories are a celebration of Indigenous peoples’ survival and imagination, and a glorious reveling in all the things an ill-advised whistle might summon.
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AHHHHHHHHHHH! When I tell you I choked on my water when this Netgalley approval came through, I'm not exaggerating. This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year, and it did NOT disappoint! Never Whistle at Night is set to hit shelves on September 19, 2023, and it's a collection of stories featuring indigenous stories and narratives penned by Tiffany Morris, Morgan Talty, Andrea L. Rogers, Rebecca Roanhorse, Shane Hawk, Kelli Jo Ford, Tommy Orange, and so many other fantastic native authors. Their writing invoked a level of fear and horror that I'll be thinking about from now until forever, and I can't wait for spooky season so I can pick this baby up again for the ultimate scare!
Start to finish, Never Whistle at Night pulled not a single punch. The stories span a range of narrative approaches, styles, and themes and is seamlessly cohesive; still reeling from one gut-punch, you will fall headfirst into the next and (maybe later) be happy you did. It is a truly remarkable collection that is forward-looking and deeply rooted in the past. Gorgeous, haunting, and sometimes funny, I cannot recommend it enough.