Bad Medicine

­Emanata. Oct. 2023. 116p. pap. $20. ISBN 9781772620870.
Gr 9 Up–A group of Cree teens trade scary stories around a campfire. Twin, a member of the Swan River First Nations—a Cree community in Alberta, Canada—spins tales of troublemaking water spirits, skinwalkers, vengeful ghosts, and demons. On the surface, the horror stories are perfect campfire fodder; each storyteller tries to one-up the other, weaving Cree folklore with the reality of Indigenous life. Twin examines real-life issues facing the Indigenous community, including the under-reporting of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the cycle of intergenerational trauma. The illustrations are delightfully creepy, delivering powerful images that will stay with readers long after the fires are out and the lights are back on.
VERDICT Twin delivers a set of stories perfect for graphic novel collections and horror readers. An excellent first purchase.

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