Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology

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Edited by Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.


9/19/2023, paperback

SKU: 9780593468463


A bold, clever, and sublimely sinister collection that dares to ask the question: "Are you ready to be un-settled?" 

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.

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


"A satisfying mix of unsettling horror stories written by an array of notable Native authors... This volume is a must... and will be devoured by speculative fiction fans who enjoy a sprinkle of social commentary within their scary books." -- Verónica N. Rodríguez, Booklist (starred review)

"This groundbreaking anthology showcases to the world that Indigenous horror has many faces, and these powerful stories are a horror lover's dream: each one singular and heartfelt, carving new storytelling pathways that feel both unique and universal, haunting and healing. It's impossible to guess what's coming next, and that unpredictability is so central to why horror is such a powerful genre as we all confront life's terrors." -- Tananarive Due, author of The Reformatory 

About the Editors:

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

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 ReviewUnnerving Magazine, Red Earth ReviewThe Journal of Working-Class StudiesMassachusetts ReviewThe Raven Chronicles, and Yellow Medicine Review, among others. He is a professor and chair of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University.