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About V Castro
V.Castro is the author of Maria The Wanted and the Legacy of The Keepers - her debut vampire novel series and The Erotic Modern Life of Malinalli the Vampire- an erotic novella series. You can also find her horror film reviews on www.scifiandscary.com.
She is a Mexican American ex-pat living in the UK for the past 12 years. As a full-time mother, she dedicates her time to her family and writing.
Instagram and Twitter - @vlatinalondon
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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.
2018 - Belinda Alvarez has returned to Texas for the wedding of her best friend Veronica. The farm is the site of the urban legend, La Reina de Las Chicharras - The Queen of The Cicadas.
In 1950s south Texas a farmworker- Milagros from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, is murdered. Her death is ignored by the town, but not the Aztec goddess of death, Mictecacíhuatl. The goddess hears the dying cries of Milagros and creates a plan for both to be physically reborn by feeding on vengeance and worship.
Belinda and the new owner of the farmhouse - Hector, find themselves immersed in the legend and realize it is part of their fate as well.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
From the lauded author of The Queen of the Cicadas (which picked up starred reviews from PW, Kirkus and Booklist who called her "a dynamic and innovative voice") comes a short story collection of nightmares, dreams, desire and visions focused on the Chicana experience. V.Castro weaves urban legend, folklore, life experience and heartache in this personal journey beginning in south Texas: a bar where a devil dances the night away; a street fight in a neighborhood that may not have been a fight after all; a vengeful chola at the beginning of the apocalypse; mind swapping in the not so far future; satan who falls and finds herself in a brothel in Amsterdam; the keys to Mictlan given to a woman after she dies during a pandemic. The collection finishes with two longer tales: The Final Porn Star is a twist on the final girl trope and slasher, with a creature from Mexican folklore; and Truck Stop is an erotic horror romance with two hearts: a video store and a truck stop.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the imprint of long-standing Independent Flame Tree Publishing, dedicated to full-length original fiction in the horror and suspense, science fiction & fantasy, and crime / mystery / thriller categories. The list brings together fantastic new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
These sisters come from a bloodline of Jaguar shifters from Mexico and have gained unwanted attention. The San Antonio Stripper Ripper is stalking the streets, out for a specific kind of blood.
Though Magdalena trades in skin, there is no way she will allow anyone to own her. Steamy. Bloody. Dangerous. Hairspray and Switchblades, what more could a girl need to survive the hot streets?
You are …
A woman, haunted through every reincarnation by a man who will not let you go.
A monster, fighting evil impulses that have guided your kind for centuries.
A teen rendered voiceless, forced to be somewhere you don’t belong..
A person conditioned with white supremacist masculinity, facing a situation where you must kill to survive.
You change …
Unknown curses are fused with your being and threaten to consume you.
Beings infect you with their horror and poison your soul.
The end of the world frees you from your obligations and gives you a second chance.
A villain steals you, piece by piece, until there is nothing left of you at all.
You can’t let go ...
You sacrificed your heart and life to salvage your pride.
You must have the answers you seek.
You’re loyal to your host to the end.
You love the person who asks you to do the unthinkable.
You are silenced …
By oppression. By bigotry. By hatred. By an evil that renders you voiceless and threatens to consume your soul.
You are invited …
Step into the worlds of Rigor Morbid: Lest Ye Become and face the foes our protagonists may or may not overcome ...
If you dare.
"These stories knock it out of the park ... The writing is tight, terse and so fully formed. The ideas just blew me away." Shamus, Macavity, Barry and Grand Prix de Literature Policiere award-winning author Ken Bruen
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: The Random Convergence of Horror by Sandra Ruttan
The Law of Conservation of Death by Hailey Piper
Nukekubi by Patrick Winters
MRSA Me by Alicia Hilton
Trigger Finger by Joanne Rixon
Ivan’s Emporium of Curses by N. Sowers
Treats by Robert Stahl
I Will Make You Holy by V. Medina
We All Scream by Hailey Piper
We Are Hungry Whether or Not by Jessica P. Wick
Sweet Caroline by Angela Sylvaine
The Latin Queens of Mictlan by V. Castro
Lest Ye Become by Timothy Mudie
In “Lockdown,” 19 of today’s finest suspense, horror, and crime writers explore how humanity reacts to the ultimate pandemic. From New York City to the Mexican border, from the Deep South to the misty shores of Seattle, their characters are fighting for survival against incredible odds. An anthology for our time, showing how the worst crises can lead to the best of us. Proceeds from LOCKDOWN will go to support BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, as it seeks to help booksellers recover from the devastating COVID-19 crisis.
Contributors to LOCKDOWN include:
Ann Dávila Cardinal
Angel Luis Colon
Terri Lynn Coop
Michelle Garza/Melissa Lason
Renee Asher Pickup
Whether you’re traditional, indie, or hybrid; a journalist, novelist, or blogger, we hope their stories provide encouragement for you, wherever you are in your journey toward publication.