GODDESS OF FILTH by V. Castro:
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, Fernanda starts acting strangely and Lourdes becomes convinced that she is being possessed by an ancient demon.
GODDESS OF FILTH is everything I look for in a full-length book packed into a powerful novella. The story centers around a group of friends that deeply care for each other and a demonic possession that shakes everything they know. Castro’s writing is unnerving and compelling when writing not only about the demonic possession at the heart of this story, but also the coming-of-age story that surrounds everything. I absolutely adored this novella and look forward to checking out more from Castro! 4⭐️
TRIBESMEN by Adam Cesare:
In the early 80’s – at the height of the ultra-violent “Italian cannibal” grindhouse film craze – a small international cast and crew descend on an isolated Caribbean island, hoping to crassly exploit the native talent. They find what seems to be an empty island. What they don’t know is that this island is inhabited by a group of angry, undead spirits hellbent on bringing horrors to their visitors.
If you’re looking for an old school B-movie style cannibal themed story to fill your horror loving heart, then you need this one! I loved how immersive this story was and how I instantly felt transported and trapped on this haunted island. There isn’t a lot of substance to the characters in the form of backstory, but it’s not needed and would have bogged down this novella. Instead Cesare focuses on immediately getting to the action and allowing the reader to witness the horror unfolding from each of the individuals stuck on this island. 4⭐️
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