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Welcome to Anoka, Minnesota, a small city just outside of the Twin Cities dubbed “The Halloween Capital of the World” since 1937. Here before you lie several tales involving bone collectors, pagan witches, werewolves, skeletal bison, and cloned children. It is up to you to decipher between fact and fiction as the author has woven historical facts into his narratives. With Welcome to Anoka, Minnesota, a small city just outside of the Twin Cities dubbed “The Halloween Capital of the World” since 1937. Here before you lie several tales involving bone collectors, pagan witches, werewolves, skeletal bison, and cloned children. It is up to you to decipher between fact and fiction as the author has woven historical facts into his narratives. With his debut horror collection, Cheyenne & Arapaho author Shane Hawk explores themes of family, grief, loneliness, and identity through the lens of indigenous life.


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Welcome to Anoka, Minnesota, a small city just outside of the Twin Cities dubbed “The Halloween Capital of the World” since 1937. Here before you lie several tales involving bone collectors, pagan witches, werewolves, skeletal bison, and cloned children. It is up to you to decipher between fact and fiction as the author has woven historical facts into his narratives. With Welcome to Anoka, Minnesota, a small city just outside of the Twin Cities dubbed “The Halloween Capital of the World” since 1937. Here before you lie several tales involving bone collectors, pagan witches, werewolves, skeletal bison, and cloned children. It is up to you to decipher between fact and fiction as the author has woven historical facts into his narratives. With his debut horror collection, Cheyenne & Arapaho author Shane Hawk explores themes of family, grief, loneliness, and identity through the lens of indigenous life.

30 review for Anoka

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Fowlow

    ***FULL REVIEW COMING TO HORROR DNA*** Anoka is a small town in Minnesota also known as "the Halloween capital of the world." Werewolves, sinister children and pagan witches are just a few of the strange and abhorrent entities that prey on the town's most vulnerable residents. This debut collection includes six short stories and notes by Indigenous author, Shane Hawk.⁣ ⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘰𝘬𝘢 is a collection of shocking and disturbing short stories by an emerging author. Shane Hawk crafted the perfect blend of Ind ***FULL REVIEW COMING TO HORROR DNA*** Anoka is a small town in Minnesota also known as "the Halloween capital of the world." Werewolves, sinister children and pagan witches are just a few of the strange and abhorrent entities that prey on the town's most vulnerable residents. This debut collection includes six short stories and notes by Indigenous author, Shane Hawk.⁣ ⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘰𝘬𝘢 is a collection of shocking and disturbing short stories by an emerging author. Shane Hawk crafted the perfect blend of Indigenous folklore and supernatural horror for this delightfully terrifying collection. I'm going to be keeping an eye on Hawk as he delivers more, fresh literary frights to unsuspecting reader's. His style is subtle and gripping with a pace that steeps suspense like that of a seasoned horror veteran.⁣ ⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘰𝘬𝘢 by Shane Hawk⁣ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ HORROR FICTION NEWSLETTER https://www.horrornewsletter.com/signup IG: INSTAGRAM.COM/THE_BOOKDAD TW: TWITTER.COM/THEBOOKDAD FB: FACEBOOK.COM/THEBOOKDAD GR: GOODREADS.COM/ANDREWFOWLOW BB: BOOKBUB.COM/profile/2774630872

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    4.0 Stars This was a fantastic collection of own voices indigenous horror stories written by an Native American author. These stories offered insight into the experience of being an indigenous person in the United States while exploring major themes of identity and family.  Yet, I want to clear that this collection was definitely a horror collection. These stories were consistently dark with some gruesome and terrifying imagery included throughout the collection. Horror fans will not be disappoint 4.0 Stars This was a fantastic collection of own voices indigenous horror stories written by an Native American author. These stories offered insight into the experience of being an indigenous person in the United States while exploring major themes of identity and family.  Yet, I want to clear that this collection was definitely a horror collection. These stories were consistently dark with some gruesome and terrifying imagery included throughout the collection. Horror fans will not be disappointed.  As I say with every collection I read, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others. Here are my thoughts on my favourites: Soilborne - This story was quite ambiguous with an ending I ended up rereading several times. I ended up really loved this one after reading the author's notes at the end and understanding the full idea behind this one. Imitate - This was my favourite of the stories. I loved reading from the father's perspective, which felt incredibly honest and relatable as a fellow parent. There were some fantastic scenes involving the son which I thought were wonderfully unsettling.  Transfigured - Set on Halloween, this was a wonderful queer take on werewolf & wendigo mythology that discussed traditional hunting practices. It was a fresh take on the classic monster story  I really appreciated the inclusion of the author's notes at the end which provided the inspiration behind each of the stories. Knowing the background made me appreciate each story even more. (I wish all authors were required to provide these!) I had the opportunity to review the audiobook version which was a very enjoyable experience. Short stories don't always lend themselves well to the audio format, but these ones were easy to follow. Overall, I thought the narrator gave a strong performance. His inflection fit the tone of most of the stories quite well. If possible, I do also recommend checking out the ebook edition in order to see the illustrations included in the collection.  I would absolutely recommend this collection to any horror readers looking for a diverse set of stories. Shane Hawks is definitely an author to watch. I would recommend his work to anyone who is a fan of Stephen Graham Jones' work.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    Shane Hawk has declared himself an author to watch with his debut collection of indigenous horror tales, all set in Anoka, Minnesota (dubbed ‘The Halloween Capital of the World’). Anoka contains six short stories in with Hawk blends supernatural horror and historical facts and social commentary, resulting in a memorable and unsettling collection. Anoka opens with the flash fiction short ‘Soilborne’, which tells the tale of the lengths a couple will go to in order to conceive a child. It is a very Shane Hawk has declared himself an author to watch with his debut collection of indigenous horror tales, all set in Anoka, Minnesota (dubbed ‘The Halloween Capital of the World’). Anoka contains six short stories in with Hawk blends supernatural horror and historical facts and social commentary, resulting in a memorable and unsettling collection. Anoka opens with the flash fiction short ‘Soilborne’, which tells the tale of the lengths a couple will go to in order to conceive a child. It is a very effective opening statement. Creepy and able to build a lot of dread in just a few pages, and with a fantastic twist. ‘Wounded’ is a more grounded, melancholy affair, dealing with a young man’s guilt at the death of his young sister. This story is surreal and fractured, it’s telling mirroring the character’s struggles, and has some truly haunting imagery. The effectiveness of this short however is the horror that is implied, not shown. ‘Orange’ is a brief but striking story told almost as a stream of consciousness narrative of an alcoholic, quick to anger and suffering from depression. The less you know about this short going in the better. Anoka often delves into the supernatural and ‘Imitate’ is perhaps the most effective story in this regard. The opening scene of a father putting his son to bed was genuinely terrifying, and there are some truly gruesome and horrifying set pieces that follow. As a story aiming to scare, it is effective enough, but there is so much more going on than a simple creature-based tale. It is a pitch-perfect blend of full-on horror, clever layering and a powerful metaphor about change and loss. ‘Dead America’ is another short that succeeds in getting under your skin. This story has a nightmarish feel throughout, as the main character vividly describes recurring bad dreams that slowly bleed over into reality, leaving us unsure whether what follows is real or imagined. The ick factor is through the roof, but the message is both poignant and enlightening. The collection closes with ‘Transfigured’, a werewolf tale with a twist. The leads feelings regarding her transformations is a new and interesting take, making this a strong ending for an overall excellent collection. Many of the stories contained within ‘Anoka’ are of the rare variety that are satisfying at first glance, but are so layered with symbolism and deeper meaning that they reward multiple re-reads. ‘Imitate’, in particular (which was possibly my favourite of the collection) has a lot to unpack once the ending is revealed, and the story is packed full of subtle nods at the direction that it is going that are easily missed the first time around. Each story gets its own story note at the end and they make fascinating companion pieces, best read directly after reading each short. It was a joy to read the real history behind the ideas on display, and the work and research that has gone into this book is clearly evident. Anoka is a perfect blend of effective horror, lingering on your mind long after you’ve finished reading, and a captivating dive into the culture and history of Native Americans, with each story offering multiple readings and meanings, coupled with insightful story notes once you’re done. A consistently excellent collection that I highly recommend to any horror fan looking for something to really engage the senses. You can read more reviews of new and upcoming horror releases at https://www.myindiemuse.com/category/... I also promote indie horror via Twitter - @RickReadsHorror

  4. 4 out of 5

    Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees

    Six tales by indigenous author, Shane Hawk, takes us to Anoka, a small midwest city known as The Halloween Capital of the World. I personally love the idea of several stories all happening in one location so this was a plus. Shane also brings forward some painful issues in the indigenous community specifically alcoholism and domestic violence. I found his approach to the topics respectful while also making his stance on the issues obvious.  At the end of the collection is a list of story notes. I Six tales by indigenous author, Shane Hawk, takes us to Anoka, a small midwest city known as The Halloween Capital of the World. I personally love the idea of several stories all happening in one location so this was a plus. Shane also brings forward some painful issues in the indigenous community specifically alcoholism and domestic violence. I found his approach to the topics respectful while also making his stance on the issues obvious.  At the end of the collection is a list of story notes. I love when writers include these! These gave an interesting perspective into the stories.  Soilborne This story is a frightful way to address infant loss.  Wounded This story turned me into an emotional mess (Thanks Shane) and by addressing the painful topic of missing and murdered indigenous females this was one of my favorites of the collections. Orange Grief horror to punch you straight in the feels. Imitate Imi-TATE. This stroy includes another creepy kid and I am here for it. We get a boy clone under the bed that says the monster is the boy on the bed. WHATTT??? My favorite story of the collection. Dead America This story really fucked with me.  Seriously, spiders laying eggs in your mouth 😩 Transfigured One of the best werewolves stories I have read in a long time! I also adore the queer rep here with our nonbinary wolf.  I cried, was disgusted, and creeped out with this collection. In addition, the writing was well done! I felt for characters and feel more aware of indigenous issues. For these reasons, Anoka gets 5 stars!  I look forward to reading more from Shane Hawk.  Thank you to Shane Hawk for gifting me a copy of Anoka in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle {Book Hangovers}

    I love short stories. Especially in the Horror genre. I don’t read enough of them and that’s a shame. These stories from Anoka were down right horrifying. They made my skin crawl. I find that stories dealing with children or addiction are what haunt me the most. I’ve spent most of my life battling addiction and I’ve been in some dark dark places. So, these stories definitely made me squirm. After all the stories were told, the author took time to explain each story and the meaning behind them. Tha I love short stories. Especially in the Horror genre. I don’t read enough of them and that’s a shame. These stories from Anoka were down right horrifying. They made my skin crawl. I find that stories dealing with children or addiction are what haunt me the most. I’ve spent most of my life battling addiction and I’ve been in some dark dark places. So, these stories definitely made me squirm. After all the stories were told, the author took time to explain each story and the meaning behind them. That was actually my favorite part. Knowing how the author dug deep and did his research made me appreciate this book so much more. I’m looking forward to reading more of Shane Hawk’s work. Anoka was the perfect introduction and I want more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Markthulhu

    Each story in this creepy collection has its own style, mood and pace, and yet all come from the singular, strong voice of new writer Shane Hawk. It’s hard to pick a favourite from this collection but I’m going to pick ‘Imitate’, my new favourite doppelgänger story. Keep an eye on Shane Hawk. I for one look forward to reading more from this talented writer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    There's something exciting about bearing witness to an artist early in their career, and that excitement simply permeates the six stories in Shane Hawk's debut collection. These tales are visceral and raw. Unafraid to take risks. What I admire most about Shane's stories are their ability to turn on a dime from deep character introspection to demented terror Even in my short time as a horror fan, I've encountered few authors so willing to step into the strange directions that litter these pages. " There's something exciting about bearing witness to an artist early in their career, and that excitement simply permeates the six stories in Shane Hawk's debut collection. These tales are visceral and raw. Unafraid to take risks. What I admire most about Shane's stories are their ability to turn on a dime from deep character introspection to demented terror Even in my short time as a horror fan, I've encountered few authors so willing to step into the strange directions that litter these pages. "Transfigured" was the highlight of the longer stories, though I have to admit a preference for the shorter, tighter tales: "Soilborne" and "Orange." Hell, "Orange" was so wtf-good that the moment I finished, I went back to its opening lines and reread the whole thing. I fully plan to keep watching whatever Shane produces next. Like a Hawk.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher O'Halloran

    Shane Hawk knocks it out of the park with this one. Each short features complex characters and stories that unfold in ways that force your attention and beg you to reread. His experience with the Native-American identity is enlightening and compels me to learn more about these cultures that are too often erased or pushed aside. The prose is artful and intelligent, making the horror that much striking by contrast. I can't wait to see what Shane does with a novel! Shane Hawk knocks it out of the park with this one. Each short features complex characters and stories that unfold in ways that force your attention and beg you to reread. His experience with the Native-American identity is enlightening and compels me to learn more about these cultures that are too often erased or pushed aside. The prose is artful and intelligent, making the horror that much striking by contrast. I can't wait to see what Shane does with a novel!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Richelle SheReadsHorror

    Anoka is a collection of stories rooted from one common place, a place considered the Halloween capital of the world. Anoka is located in Minnesota. A town with a hotspot for weird phenomena. Stories with a folklore essence by an indigenous tongue. I really enjoyed the author's voice throughout these stories but I had 2 that were especially my favorite and I have those starred. I also really wish more authors would include their story notes and music they use to write with because I really love Anoka is a collection of stories rooted from one common place, a place considered the Halloween capital of the world. Anoka is located in Minnesota. A town with a hotspot for weird phenomena. Stories with a folklore essence by an indigenous tongue. I really enjoyed the author's voice throughout these stories but I had 2 that were especially my favorite and I have those starred. I also really wish more authors would include their story notes and music they use to write with because I really love that! The forward of how the author studied and searched within himself to make this collection of stories is beautifully written. My heart was filled with how much these stories may rip me apart. Then I read SOILBORNE, I don’t think I was fully prepared for what this collection of stories had to offer. The first story shocked me. It’s short and sharp with its folk and witchy lore. I can’t give away the details because it would definitely ruin it for those who would want to read this. WOUNDED - Philp spirals down a dark path of drugs and alcohol and thoughts of suicide after he is guilt ridden from the death of this sister. One day visiting his grandparent’s shed, he finds a weird Spanish written leather bound book. This one is coursing with dark alluring mystery with a side of regret and pain. This could seriously be made into a whole novel. ORANGE - This felt like the REAL thoughts going through a person's head after a loss of a loved one. It is beautifully written but that last line made me laugh a little. IMITATE - There’s a monster under the child’s bed that is now taken to a whole new level of creepy. The ending really crushed me on this one. ⭐️ DEAD AMERICA - Oh My God! This is one of my biggest fears ever! I loved the meaning behind the story but I wanted to throw my kindle across the room. Instead I kept reading with my eyes wanting to pop out of my head. ⭐️ TRANSFIGURED - A Halloween costume party is always fun especially when you can come as you are. Loved the twist at the end but I would definitely want it more fleshed out. Give me more! Lol Overall I’d give this collection 4 ⭐️ s. I can’t wait to read what this author comes out with next! He has a beautiful story telling voice. ***Adding that the author gifted me the audiobook but I read this on my kindle. The narrator seemed to be monotone to me with a slight echo. I couldn’t stop focusing on the echo so I had to switch over and read it from my kindle. This doesn’t seem to be a problem with most people so I’d still check it out if you’re interested in the audiobook.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thea Maeve Fenning

    When you think this collection can't get any better, you read the next story and it gets even better. When you think this collection can't get any better, you read the next story and it gets even better.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Read the paperback. Incredible horror collection from new author Shane Hawk. Each story in this collection is incredibly strong, haunting, and just straight up creepy. `Imitate` and `Dead America` were personal favorites, but the entire collection was simply amazing. Highly recommend to all the horror fans out there! Read the paperback. Incredible horror collection from new author Shane Hawk. Each story in this collection is incredibly strong, haunting, and just straight up creepy. `Imitate` and `Dead America` were personal favorites, but the entire collection was simply amazing. Highly recommend to all the horror fans out there!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julian Novaro

    It's hard to review Anoka without thinking of Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians particularly comes to mind). This anthology brings Indian* horror in the same caring way. A look at tradition, a shout-out to the issues that plague life in the reservation, and horrors both real and imaginary cover the pages of Shane Hawk's short stories. The stories in Anoka are full of surprises, and they all benefit from a reread (Which you will be happy to do once you get to the Story Notes at the end) It's hard to review Anoka without thinking of Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians particularly comes to mind). This anthology brings Indian* horror in the same caring way. A look at tradition, a shout-out to the issues that plague life in the reservation, and horrors both real and imaginary cover the pages of Shane Hawk's short stories. The stories in Anoka are full of surprises, and they all benefit from a reread (Which you will be happy to do once you get to the Story Notes at the end). I don't usually go back to read a story immediately after I'm finished with it, but in this case an exception seemed in order, and I'm glad I did. Any book you are willing to read twice immediately doubles it's value! I can't suggest this book enough, it's a 4 star book the first time you read it and a 5 star book the second time. And I'm sure I'll take the time for a third read-through once the stories are not so fresh on my mind, because the book is short enough and good enough to make it worth it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    What a fantastic collection of short fiction! These stories were disturbing in the best possible way. Every single one had me so intrigued and horrified, "flipping" the pages of my e-reader so freaking fast. If I had to pick favorites, it'd be Imitate and Dead America. Oh boy were those two just the pinnacle of creepy! What a fantastic collection of short fiction! These stories were disturbing in the best possible way. Every single one had me so intrigued and horrified, "flipping" the pages of my e-reader so freaking fast. If I had to pick favorites, it'd be Imitate and Dead America. Oh boy were those two just the pinnacle of creepy!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tosh P

    Short stories have always been my favorite form of horror. “Imitate” was probably my favorite and as far as flash fiction goes, “Soilborne” was absolutely flawless. This was a perfect example of a short story collection done right. I also really appreciated Hawk’s notes at the end that provided some insight on what inspired each story. Loved it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura Christine

    Knowing Shane from HOWLS, and knowing what a clever, witty, thoughtful person he is I was concerned I’d be biased and promised myself I’d give an honest rating and write an honest review. And honest this is - I LOVED THIS COLLECTION. I just straight up LOVED IT. Good reads is limiting and if it was possible I think I’d give it 4.5 stars - but only because it was so short, and I wanted to read more. I devoured this collection in one afternoon (taking short breaks between each story to fully let t Knowing Shane from HOWLS, and knowing what a clever, witty, thoughtful person he is I was concerned I’d be biased and promised myself I’d give an honest rating and write an honest review. And honest this is - I LOVED THIS COLLECTION. I just straight up LOVED IT. Good reads is limiting and if it was possible I think I’d give it 4.5 stars - but only because it was so short, and I wanted to read more. I devoured this collection in one afternoon (taking short breaks between each story to fully let them sink in), which for me is a big deal as I have a shocking attention span. Spooky, unnerving, unexpected, heartfelt, and harrowing. An entertaining, informative, and impressive read. I feel like I learnt more about Native American culture in this book - than I ever learnt in school (or elsewhere). Please purchase yourself a copy of Anoka and make time to read it, it’s fantastic.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    A great collection of horror shorts. My favorite was Imitate.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nina S.

    Shane Hawk’s debut collection was a great read. The strongest stories are the two flash pieces, “Soilborne” and “Orange.” Both of these really pack a punch. A lot of flash fiction is vignettes or mood pieces—and there’s nothing wrong with that—but “Orange” in particular tells a complete and compelling story despite the short length. All the stories in Anoka deal, in some way or other, with the experience of living as an Indigenous person in America. The past few years have seen a surge in Native Shane Hawk’s debut collection was a great read. The strongest stories are the two flash pieces, “Soilborne” and “Orange.” Both of these really pack a punch. A lot of flash fiction is vignettes or mood pieces—and there’s nothing wrong with that—but “Orange” in particular tells a complete and compelling story despite the short length. All the stories in Anoka deal, in some way or other, with the experience of living as an Indigenous person in America. The past few years have seen a surge in Native American authors (Stephen Graham Jones, Rebecca Roanhorse, Darcie Little Badger, etc.) using speculative fiction as a vehicle to comment on Indigenous history and culture. Hawk’s work is a worthy addition to this trend. One of the biggest strengths of Anoka is its visceral imagery. Hawk does a great job of making the reader feel as if they’re seeing (or hearing, or smelling, or feeling) things along with the characters. Of course, a lot of these images are horrific, meant to make the reader’s skin crawl or make them glance over their shoulder. The last story in the collection, “Dead America,” has some especially strong imagery in this vein. But Hawk is equally good at setting the scene to show us the characters’ surroundings before everything goes to hell in a handbasket, or during moments of normalcy between eerie occurrences. That sets up a powerful contrast when the terrifying elements do show up. Overall, this is a strong start to Hawk’s career, and I look forward to reading more from him.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Richard K. Wilson

    I learned so much about the small town of Anoka Minnesota from the 6 terrifying stories, in this horror packed short story collection! And I learned of beliefs and traditions from Shane Hawk about the Dakotan people that was very intriguing and thought provoking...... How do you review a book that is only 71 pages long without giving away too much? You just pick up the book yourself and read it! I was graciously sent a signed copy of this book from the author; Shane Hawk, however as with all my r I learned so much about the small town of Anoka Minnesota from the 6 terrifying stories, in this horror packed short story collection! And I learned of beliefs and traditions from Shane Hawk about the Dakotan people that was very intriguing and thought provoking...... How do you review a book that is only 71 pages long without giving away too much? You just pick up the book yourself and read it! I was graciously sent a signed copy of this book from the author; Shane Hawk, however as with all my reviews, this did NOT effect the coutcome whatsoever of what I have to say about the book. This 'collection of Indigenous Horror' only has 6 stories, and the first one is less than 3 pages long.....BUT the stories in this book, will stay with me for a long long time; especially "Wounded", "Imitate" and 'Dead America". Wounded was my favorite in spot number 1, with Imitate a close 2nd, then Dead America. Wounded is about a book that a young man finds in his grandfathers shed after a death in the family, that will change his life forever......the book is ALIVE and bleeds! 'Imitate' actually made me tear up a bit, as it deals with love lost in a way that was all too shocking and very Creepily written that it stuck with me later in a dream I had last night. Yes, I read this book in less that 75 minutes, along with and 'Authors Notes' and 'Story Notes' which are at the end of the book and tells little spoilers about each of the stories in the book and where the basis for them came from, and explains a bit more of each story....DO NOT read these first! With Hawk being of Cheyenne and Italian descent; all the stories take place in the town of Anoka, and with indigenous characters....which I thought was so well done, and something very new to me. I also really enjoyed the story of 'Transfigured' which is a 'NOT YOUR AVERAGE' werewolf story that takes place during the Halloween night celebration in this town, which you all know....I LOVE anything that takes place during this time of year, and this was no exception! The chaos in this one was GREAT!! If you have never seen the cover of this book, check it out.....the image on the front is beautifully CREEPY as hell!!! If you love short horror fiction (something that I normally do not tend to read) pick up this quick little but highly frightening book!! Thanks again to Shane Hawk for this book that I will treasure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Curtis

    This kicked ass!! Glad I waited for the audiobook because the narrator knocked it out of the park. "Orange" is one of those stories that will stick with you long after you finish reading it, leaves the kind of impact that reminds me of classics such as Carmen Maria Machado's "The Husband Stitch". If there's any complaint, it's that I finished too fast and now want more. This kicked ass!! Glad I waited for the audiobook because the narrator knocked it out of the park. "Orange" is one of those stories that will stick with you long after you finish reading it, leaves the kind of impact that reminds me of classics such as Carmen Maria Machado's "The Husband Stitch". If there's any complaint, it's that I finished too fast and now want more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Philippa Evans

    This was recommended to me, and I picked it up soon after finishing Stephen Graham Jones' "The Only Good Indians". I definitely didn't regret doing so. The stories read quickly, and are suffused with the warmth of family and cultural connections (which can make their horrifying conclusions all the more poignant). I loved the references to folklore and the etymologies of names and words. I thought that each story was stronger than the next; all in all, I would heartily recommend this debut book o This was recommended to me, and I picked it up soon after finishing Stephen Graham Jones' "The Only Good Indians". I definitely didn't regret doing so. The stories read quickly, and are suffused with the warmth of family and cultural connections (which can make their horrifying conclusions all the more poignant). I loved the references to folklore and the etymologies of names and words. I thought that each story was stronger than the next; all in all, I would heartily recommend this debut book of stories! Favourite stories: Orange and Imitate

  21. 4 out of 5

    Xavier

    It’s been great to watch in real time from the HOWL discord as Shane released this book and people start to read it. It’s clear that people are enjoying the work he did here, and after reading the collection for myself I can wholeheartedly agree. Many of the scenes absolutely sucked me in, especially when Shane lets the gruesome imagery run wild. But it’s never all about the shock factor, and one picks up on the very human struggles that are weaved into the stories. I’ll also say that Shane has It’s been great to watch in real time from the HOWL discord as Shane released this book and people start to read it. It’s clear that people are enjoying the work he did here, and after reading the collection for myself I can wholeheartedly agree. Many of the scenes absolutely sucked me in, especially when Shane lets the gruesome imagery run wild. But it’s never all about the shock factor, and one picks up on the very human struggles that are weaved into the stories. I’ll also say that Shane has a real knack for twisted endings. I love the author’s notes section at the end of the book that delves a little more into each story, encouraging a reread to pick out all the little details and hints. Great job with this collection, Shane. I can’t wait to see where you go next.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    An exciting new voice Shane Hawk is an exciting new voice in horror fiction. With this debut collection, he has already begun carving out his niche in the genre. Hawk effectively presents the uncanny and the supernatural as symbolic manifestations of the real-life struggles of the modern American Indian. This collection boasts fresh story ideas and interesting characters, not to mention the prose which is oftentimes as humorous as it is unsettling. I suggest grabbing this collection solely for th An exciting new voice Shane Hawk is an exciting new voice in horror fiction. With this debut collection, he has already begun carving out his niche in the genre. Hawk effectively presents the uncanny and the supernatural as symbolic manifestations of the real-life struggles of the modern American Indian. This collection boasts fresh story ideas and interesting characters, not to mention the prose which is oftentimes as humorous as it is unsettling. I suggest grabbing this collection solely for the pleasure of reading “Orange,” which I would count among my favorite short stories published this year.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Justin Hall

    As someone who spent a majority of his teenage years living in Anoka, graduating from Anoka High School and still living within Anoka county, I had to give this book a shot. I heard about it while reading Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians, which introduced me to the realm of indigenous horror. The perspective and gaze Shane Hawk weaves his stories with really gives you the point of view of the modern Native American, as heartbreaking and tragic as it may seem. The horror and dread with As someone who spent a majority of his teenage years living in Anoka, graduating from Anoka High School and still living within Anoka county, I had to give this book a shot. I heard about it while reading Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians, which introduced me to the realm of indigenous horror. The perspective and gaze Shane Hawk weaves his stories with really gives you the point of view of the modern Native American, as heartbreaking and tragic as it may seem. The horror and dread within the short tales are frightening and otherworldly. Even though it seems the author has never visited Anoka, he did an amazing job of setting the scene of some of their landmarks (ie. Red River, Cutter Street and Forest Hill Cemetery/Ward Park). Those details made for a more immersive and truly haunting experience. I also really appreciated the story notes at the back that gave each tale some extra light shed on it. And the printing and cover art was gorgeous! Highly recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    michael clarkson

    Incredible debut The amount of variety, polish, and heart that was put into this collection is amazing. These stories will stick with me long after I put the book down. Looking forward to seeing what the author does next!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Marsella

    Review to come...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex Wolfgang

    An extremely impressive debut collection from a talented up-and-coming writer. Shane's stories straddle the line between insightful looks into the native experience and universal fears that affect as all, all the while delivering genuine frights that are as grounded in emotion as they are weird as hell. My favorite of the lot was "Imitate," a clever and disorienting look at feeling powerless and confused by parenthood, even when you have the best intentions. I'm a sucker for hallucinatory, psyche An extremely impressive debut collection from a talented up-and-coming writer. Shane's stories straddle the line between insightful looks into the native experience and universal fears that affect as all, all the while delivering genuine frights that are as grounded in emotion as they are weird as hell. My favorite of the lot was "Imitate," a clever and disorienting look at feeling powerless and confused by parenthood, even when you have the best intentions. I'm a sucker for hallucinatory, psychedelic horror, and this one genuinely scared the hell out of me. I look forward to seeing more from Shane Hawk in the coming years.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Absolutely loved it. A fantastic collection of short horror stories. I kept it on my bedside table and read it at night before bed - 10/10 recommend. The book starts off strong with Soilborne and stays solid from there. My favorite stories were Soilborne, Orange, and Imitate.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Fletcher

    ANOKA by Shane Hawk. NOT just because I am married to the author and I happened to edit parts of this collection, but... This collection is so so good!! Starts off so strong and ends with a huge bang. The author (hehe it’s his first book; they grow up so fast) takes jaded topics like doppelgängers, werewolves, and ghosts to new levels. No spoilers I promise, but this book is really rad and a perfect Halloween read! Not for readers with sensitive tummies though! That is all I will say! Well and... P ANOKA by Shane Hawk. NOT just because I am married to the author and I happened to edit parts of this collection, but... This collection is so so good!! Starts off so strong and ends with a huge bang. The author (hehe it’s his first book; they grow up so fast) takes jaded topics like doppelgängers, werewolves, and ghosts to new levels. No spoilers I promise, but this book is really rad and a perfect Halloween read! Not for readers with sensitive tummies though! That is all I will say! Well and... Please pick up this book and support self-published authors trying to get their work out there! 🐺

  29. 5 out of 5

    Abdiel

    AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ! This horror anthology is amazing! These short stories will hit you in the feels in a dark kinda way. This being Hawk's debut I can't wait to see what comes next. Imitate was probably my favorite. Orange really gets you with such few words. The cover alone made me want to read and I'm so glad I did. AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ! This horror anthology is amazing! These short stories will hit you in the feels in a dark kinda way. This being Hawk's debut I can't wait to see what comes next. Imitate was probably my favorite. Orange really gets you with such few words. The cover alone made me want to read and I'm so glad I did.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    Oh my holy God!! What a creepy read. A book of short stories of 84 pages, but each raised my hackles. I was sure reading it around the bewitched hour didn't really help me maintain my calm. The book had many stories, very true to the author's indegenous roots. But these were pure horror. Some shocked me, some startled me with the last line. And others downright scared me. Then there was one which brought out my secret horror - monster under the bed. The story IMITATE caused goosebumps to appear, Oh my holy God!! What a creepy read. A book of short stories of 84 pages, but each raised my hackles. I was sure reading it around the bewitched hour didn't really help me maintain my calm. The book had many stories, very true to the author's indegenous roots. But these were pure horror. Some shocked me, some startled me with the last line. And others downright scared me. Then there was one which brought out my secret horror - monster under the bed. The story IMITATE caused goosebumps to appear, and the ending line, even though I expected it, still managed to cause my soul to shiver. I loved how the author added a personal note at the end which gave me a window into how his brain worked and where he got the inspiration for his stories. My niggles too popped up, I longed for more horror to be seeped into his words. The story had a shocking value, but the eerie atmosphere was missing. But being short stories, it might have been difficult to create such a dark ambiance. Overall, it was a fun read, creepy and shocking.

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