The world is changing and it will not be the same for a very long time. One change is within publishing. With that said, big publishing has not been very accepting of women of color writing adult genre fiction.
I try to be supportive of my peers in horror, especially those from marginalized communities because I know how tough it is to get your foot in the door and persevere in the face of rejection and continual dissapointing behavior from big publishing.
But I ain’t one to take anything lying down.
Since everything is pretty much cancelled I figured now is as good time as any to make a difference. Let’s work together to lift each other’s voices and use stories as a way to unify and understand more about each other.
Violet Castro is a Mexican American writer originally from Texas now residing in the UK with her family. When not caring for her three children, she dedicates her time to writing. For More information about her books and other publications.
“Five of us sat in a circle doing our best to emulate the girls in The Craft, hoping to unleash some power to take us all away from our home to the place of our dreams. But we weren’t witches. We were five Chicanas living in San Antonio, Texas, one year out of high school.”
One hot summer night, best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline hold a séance. It’s all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror when the flames burn straight through their prayer candles and Fernanda starts crawling toward her friends and chanting in Nahuatl, the language of their Aztec ancestors.
Over the next few weeks, shy, modest Fernanda starts acting strangely—smearing herself in black makeup, shredding her hands on rose thorns, sucking sin out of the mouths of the guilty. The local priest is convinced it’s a demon, but Lourdes begins to suspect it’s something else—something far more ancient and powerful.
As Father Moreno’s obsession with Fernanda grows, Lourdes enlists the help of her “bruja Craft crew” and a professor, Dr. Camacho, to understand what is happening to her friend in this unholy tale of possession-gone-right.
- Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic Goodreads | Bookshop | Amazon
- Hairspray and Switchblades Goodreads | Bookshop | Amazon
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