Shane Hawk is a writer, editor, and high school teacher. He is enrolled in the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. His writing career began just before Halloween 2020 with the release of Anoka: A Collection of Indigenous Horror. A few months later, he signed a contract for literary representation with Rachel Letofsky of CookeMcDermid. He was born and raised in San Diego and still lives there. He’s a 90s kid. Grew up with all the Goosebumps and horror anthology shows he could handle. “Life is too short” is always in the back of his mind. After spending a decade or so depressed, he’s nothing but optimistic and excited for what’s to come (and is probably the most patient person you'll ever meet). Outside of the fiction world, he really digs lifting weights, traveling, referencing one-liners from his favorite movies and shows, cooking, and exploring his other creative outlets, such as songwriting, playing guitar, and singing. He also has a lovely wife, Victoria, who enjoys the dark and spooky stuff just as much as him. Support Indigenous Literature.

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Shane Hawk debuted with his Indigenous horror collection, Anoka, in October 2020. He is represented by Rachel Letofsky of CookeMcDermid. Hawk’s next endeavor will be co-editing Never Whistle At Night—an Indigenous dark fiction anthology—due in 2023 from Penguin Random House. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife. Learn more about him by visiting shanehawk.com.

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Black Hills Press came to fruition as an attempt to make myself appear more legitimate in the self-publishing world. My career started with a little book titled, Anoka, and no one knew my name or cared, and rightfully so. I wanted to choose a name that stuck out but also paid respect to old Cheyenne land centuries ago. And in a way, I've made many more people aware of what the Black Hills themselves are and the political issues that still hurt them: the broken treaties, the ugly men carved into them, and the fight for the Hills to be returned to the Oceti Sakowin. This press has become more than a publishing imprint for me. It's a means to make some change with the little slice of influence that I have. Because in the end, I just want the stolen land back to the Indigenous.