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Never Whistle at Night

By Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.
Never Whistle at Night by Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. digital book - Fable

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A bold, clever, and sublimely sinister collection that dares to ask the question: “Are you ready to be un-settled?”

“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 K. 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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110 Reviews

3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Diverse charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictableAbuseHomophobiaRacismViolence
Thinking Face“I had SUCH high hopes for this book. I was pulled in immediately by the concept and the gorgeous cover art. But based on the title, I just expected more real-life accounts of Native American experiences. Almost a what not to do or moral lessons based on folkloric tales and superstitions. Like explain to me why I shouldn’t whistle at night haha!The stories varied in quality, some felt amateurish. Also the narrative sometimes centered too much on portraying ignorant white people as the root of various issues which got a little repetitive. Some stories I really loved though, but not the majority.”
Diverse charactersEasy to readUnpredictableDark settingDarkAbuseBigotryRacismViolenceUnsatisfying plot
“this one was fantastic, as I expected given that works by Darcie Little Badger, Tiffany Morris, Waubgeshig Rice, Cherie Dimaline, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Tommy Orange (among others) were included.”

About Shane Hawk

SHANE HAWK (enrolled Cheyenne-Arapaho, Hidatsa and Potawatomi descent) is a history teacher by day and a horror writer by night. He entered the horror scene with his first publication, Anoka: A Collection of Indigenous Horror, in October 2020. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife, Tori. Learn more by visiting shanehawk.com.

THEODORE C. VAN ALST, JR. (enrolled member, Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians) is the author of the novel Sacred Smokes, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, and Sacred City, winner of the Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories. His Pushcart-nominated fiction has been published in Southwest Review, Unnerving Magazine, Red Earth Review, The Journal of Working-Class Studies, Massachusetts Review, The Raven Chronicles, and Yellow Medicine Review, among others. He is a professor and chair of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University.

Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.

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