Anoka: A Collection of Indigenous Horror


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Anoka: A Collection of Indigenous Horror

AUTHOR: Shane Hawk.

SYNOPSIS: 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.

PUBLISHER:  Self Published

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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.

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