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“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 al “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.


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“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 al “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.

30 review for Goddess of Filth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    4.5 Stars Fierce and feminist… this is exactly the kind of horror I love to read! This is a sharp novella that captures so many of the elements I look for in horror fiction. Written by an author of Mexican descent, I trust that this own voices story captured the cultural complexities of growing up in America as young Mexican women.  The story is also decidedly feminist, exploring themes surrounding sexuality and identity. This story could certainly be considered a female coming of age for older tee 4.5 Stars Fierce and feminist… this is exactly the kind of horror I love to read! This is a sharp novella that captures so many of the elements I look for in horror fiction. Written by an author of Mexican descent, I trust that this own voices story captured the cultural complexities of growing up in America as young Mexican women.  The story is also decidedly feminist, exploring themes surrounding sexuality and identity. This story could certainly be considered a female coming of age for older teenage girls transitioning into women. I am a huge fan of the possession subgenre so naturally I've read a lot. It was wonderful to find one that manages to play into the classic tropes of the genre while also subverting them. This is a must read for anyone who loves the possession genre as much as I do. At times, I found the narrative to be a bit disjointed in places, particularly during some of the shifts in perspective. That being said, I would absolutely love  to read more by this author. She has a powerful authorial voice and has potential to become a new favourite author of mine. I would highly recommend this horror novella. This is easily one of the best 2021 releases I have read so far this year. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Creature Publishing. 

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    After a seance goes wrong, a group of friends attempt to save Fernanda from the ancient entity now possessing her in V. Castro's Goddess of Filth. While this novella has some neat horror elements and intriguing scenes of supernatural violence, Castro's story is, at its core, a coming of age story for Fernanda and her best friend, Lourdes, who narrates the bulk of these proceedings. Lourdes is a bit of a wild child, but also one with a lot of responsibility thrust on her shoulders, as she works to After a seance goes wrong, a group of friends attempt to save Fernanda from the ancient entity now possessing her in V. Castro's Goddess of Filth. While this novella has some neat horror elements and intriguing scenes of supernatural violence, Castro's story is, at its core, a coming of age story for Fernanda and her best friend, Lourdes, who narrates the bulk of these proceedings. Lourdes is a bit of a wild child, but also one with a lot of responsibility thrust on her shoulders, as she works to take care of her family and help raise her siblings. Fernanda, on the other hand, is largely kept on the straight and narrow on her path to college, but whose life has been stifled by an overbearing, religious mother. When she wakes to discover her body inhabited by a tag-along, she's only all too eager to relinquish control. It's only as she surrenders to the entity possessing her that Fernanda learns how to live and love, breaking free of the structure and rules imposed upon her by family and society. This sort of freedom is borne by the realization that those around you are not as morally upright as they paint themselves to be, nor are they as superior as they have convinced those around them. Such a discovery, of course, is made all the easier when you're sharing a meat-suit with a sin-eater. Castro paints an interesting portrait of life for young girls on the cusp of womanhood in a religiously-minded Texas town. This is the type of place where priests have power in the community, are trusted and relied upon, and called into people's homes to perform exorcisms on their straying daughters. We see Lourdes, Fernanda, and to a smaller degree their friends, breaking away from the patriarchal religious fundamentalism of their parents in order to carve out their own ways in life as strong, independent, and willful women. Goddess of Filth has a powerful central message, and lord knows we need more coming of age stories rooted in the feminine perspective and that challenge modern patriarchal society, all of which make this novella an excellent read. I literally only have one complaint, and it involves the easiness in which Lourdes convinces a university professor to aid Fernanda in her fantastical situation. I think their initial encounter would have been improved with a bit more back-and-forth to convince the professor of what's happening, why she's needed, and why she needs to drop everything immediately to help out. As it stands, it reads more like a shortcut to get to more interesting areas of the story as Castro leads us into the climax, and comes across as not just an incredibly low-stakes moment, but one that disingenuously simplistic and underdeveloped. It's a minor issue, but one that did raise an eyebrow for me. Throughout Goddess of Filth, Castro raises a number of interesting points and examinations of womanhood and self-discovery as these teens shift gears from being high school girls to college-bound, working women, and the price they're willing to pay for their freedom.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    "Be smart, but not too smart. Be beautiful, but not so pretty as to make other females mad. Be successful, but not bossy or overly ambitious. Nobody likes a mouthy brown woman. Be a declawed kitten." Loved this quick little feminist read about a great group of friends and their experience with a goddess who has a penchant for sin eating! "Be smart, but not too smart. Be beautiful, but not so pretty as to make other females mad. Be successful, but not bossy or overly ambitious. Nobody likes a mouthy brown woman. Be a declawed kitten." Loved this quick little feminist read about a great group of friends and their experience with a goddess who has a penchant for sin eating!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    Star review in the March 15, 2021 issue of Booklist and post on the blog: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2021/03... Link live 3/16 Three Words That Describe This Book: reclaiming the possession trope, unsettling, immersive Star review in the March 15, 2021 issue of Booklist and post on the blog: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2021/03... Link live 3/16 Three Words That Describe This Book: reclaiming the possession trope, unsettling, immersive

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    It’s honestly really hard to be a teenage girl. Life is confusing, exhausting, terrifying, amazing, and exciting. Everything is both ending and beginning at the same time. You’re leaving childhood behind and facing a big unknown of potentialities, some incredible and some horrifying. V. Castro depicts the intensity of young womanhood beautifully in the short but cutting GODDESS OF FILTH. It’s true that sometimes being an 18-year-old woman feels like being possessed by an ancient Aztec goddess th It’s honestly really hard to be a teenage girl. Life is confusing, exhausting, terrifying, amazing, and exciting. Everything is both ending and beginning at the same time. You’re leaving childhood behind and facing a big unknown of potentialities, some incredible and some horrifying. V. Castro depicts the intensity of young womanhood beautifully in the short but cutting GODDESS OF FILTH. It’s true that sometimes being an 18-year-old woman feels like being possessed by an ancient Aztec goddess thirsting for sins. Lourdes and her friends Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline have just graduated high school. They’re all bright, beautiful, and determined to carve a place for themselves in this world as Chicanas from working class families. One night they play around and hold a séance like the characters from one of their favorite films, The Craft. But when Lourdes calls out to the spirits, something answers back. Something ancient and powerful. And it wants Fernanda. In the days that follow, Lourdes watches her friend change into someone she doesn’t recognize--muttering in Nahuatl, smearing black makeup over her face, and sleeping in her mother’s garden. While this at first scares Lourdes and her friends, it soon becomes clear that there is more going on than a simple possession. In fact, it might even be liberating for them all. Castro’s writing oozes with feminine power, rage, and beauty. GODDESS OF FILTH is a call for justice and empowerment to all women, but especially to Chicanas, Latinas, and Indigenous women. This is a brutal world for young women, especially if they grow up poor, especially as the daughters of immigrants, and especially if they aren’t white. Lourdes and her friends face true terror, but they embrace their love for one another and their pride in their heritage to find the strength they need to fight the evils they face, both mundane and fantastical. One of my favorite elements of GODDESS OF FILTH is the emphasis on finding self-love and self-assuredness as one becomes an adult. It’s incredibly difficult to do, especially if you are raised in a community where projecting a certain image is very important. How do you explore pleasure when seeking it is condemned? How do you support your dreams when you need to support your family? How do you discover your individual identity when you are expected to represent an entire community of immigrants and minorities in a country built on white supremacy? It takes immense strength, and Castro did an incredible job depicting it through Lourdes’ and Fernanda’s journey. GODDESS OF FILTH is sexy, exciting, scary, emotional, empowering, heartbreaking, and incredibly satisfying. While I’m not Chicana or Latina, and I grew up almost as far away as one can get from Texas in the contiguous United States, Castro took me back to what it felt like to be a young woman on the brink of a new life. It was like she infused that nervous energy right into her prose. This slim book packs an enormous punch.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This was so much fun! It has a similar essence to the short horror movie Host (which if you haven’t seen you should seek out immediately!) infusing the demonic possession trope with a unique feminist perspective. I wish the gore and the spook factor had been cranked up, and some of the writing about “female rage” was a bit clunky, but I loved the reference to Aztec mythology and the friendship felt believable and well-developed -despite the book only being 141 pages long.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Lewis

    3.5 stars It is an ok story but it reads like something I’ve seen or read before and is very choppy in places. This was a highly anticipated read and a five star prediction so imagine my surprise at giving it 3.5 stars; no one is more shocked or disappointed than I am believe me

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Ashton

    Wordless screaming!!! THIS is what I've always wanted in a possession story - women being empowered rather than tied down on beds and to have their "purity" restored at the torturous hands of men. Possession not through the white male Christian gaze, YES PLEASE! Wordless screaming!!! THIS is what I've always wanted in a possession story - women being empowered rather than tied down on beds and to have their "purity" restored at the torturous hands of men. Possession not through the white male Christian gaze, YES PLEASE!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Azhar

    holy shit this sounds good. can't wait!!! holy shit this sounds good. can't wait!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)

    Goddess of Filth is a novella about friendship, feminism, self discovery, and self acceptance. Even though it's a novella, I felt nothing was held back in terms of story or character development. I cared so deeply in such a short period. This is feel good horror at its finest and will go on my list of favorites for the year. Goddess of Filth is a novella about friendship, feminism, self discovery, and self acceptance. Even though it's a novella, I felt nothing was held back in terms of story or character development. I cared so deeply in such a short period. This is feel good horror at its finest and will go on my list of favorites for the year.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie

    I would have given this book a 1.5 star, but on this site I don't give anything I've finished reading lower than a 2. I noticed a lot of reviews that have been posted so far bring up that there is good feminism, which truthfully, it kind of is. While yes the book does bring up women's issues and empowerment it almost felt shooed in. The characters are very one dimensional, and the one that could be quoted as changing only did so because of (view spoiler)[ the goddess taking control and the chara I would have given this book a 1.5 star, but on this site I don't give anything I've finished reading lower than a 2. I noticed a lot of reviews that have been posted so far bring up that there is good feminism, which truthfully, it kind of is. While yes the book does bring up women's issues and empowerment it almost felt shooed in. The characters are very one dimensional, and the one that could be quoted as changing only did so because of (view spoiler)[ the goddess taking control and the character not changing herself (view spoiler)[. The rest of the characters are just gen-z/millennial stereotypes with pretty much any big news worthy headline incorporated into their character or the setting. The writing itself is mediocre bordering terrible, which I surprised myself when I looked and found that she had written many books before this one. There were many flashbacks that honestly didn't need to be in the book at all, and the book jumped around to a point where I couldn't tell if it was a flash back or in the time of the book. Even though I believe this is a novella and supposed to be short, this story felt rushed but at the same time nothing really happened. On to the possession part of the story. Which frankly might have been the worst part of the whole book. When the scene happens all of the friends see this terrible thing happening to their friend, but then go on to deny that their friend was possessed. Then when they finally realize she is, they just take her out clubbing instead of ya know, helping their friend out getting rid of this goddess. The prized winner of the worst part of the book is the reveal of the other big bad of the book. I could go on and on about this side plot, but I'll just end it on, the author should have just erased it from the whole book. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gonzalez-Collazo IG - Shereadswithcoffee

    Incredible read! “Bodies of displaced people washed-up on riverbeds and coastlines for all to see, to cry about, but ultimately forget. I wondered how much time was really left for any of us.” The writing was beautiful to read; feminism, empowerment, social issues, breaking through expectations from family and society, struggles in a socio-economic class that demands so much responsibility yet trying to be true to oneself. But the clincher for me was that it was a coming of age, horror novella whi Incredible read! “Bodies of displaced people washed-up on riverbeds and coastlines for all to see, to cry about, but ultimately forget. I wondered how much time was really left for any of us.” The writing was beautiful to read; feminism, empowerment, social issues, breaking through expectations from family and society, struggles in a socio-economic class that demands so much responsibility yet trying to be true to oneself. But the clincher for me was that it was a coming of age, horror novella which is now a new favorite thing and more importantly when these stories are written by women authors and 100x more amazing when the author amplifies marginalized voices; our Latino/a/x voices! Enter, V Castro. I got my hands on this amazing novella in my latest @night_worms package and now I need to get my hands on anything V. Castro writes! We meet best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla and Pauline living in San Antonio, Texas, who just graduated high school. Young, Latinx women on the path of self-discovery while succumbing to the social issues of the day; family responsibilities, fulfilling the expectations laid upon them from their religious Latino families and society. But their friendship is fierce and impenetrable! These young women decide to hold a séance and of course like every true horror story, it does not turn out well. The story is narrated mostly by Lourdes; a black sheep, one whose reputation precedes her only because she marches by the beat of her own drum. She is loyal and fierce, independent who strives to take care of her family and when the séance goes terribly wrong, she takes the reins to find answers to the malignity!! Truly a wonderful read and highly recommend this novella of women finding their own way, their own voices in a world already hostile enough. I saw a little of myself in this story and nothing is better than when you can relate to a story, a character, or an issue. Highly recommend ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bianca (Belladonnabooks)

    This is the R rated version of the Craft folks. Sensual, sexy and feminist. A great twist on the typical possession trope. A group of girls hold a séance where one of the girls, Fernanda becomes possessed but not by a demon.. something far older. Fernanda begins acting in bizarre ways as the presence works through her, using Fernanda for her own means. I won’t say much about the synopsis as it’s only a short book, but just know this is not your typical possession story. I love that V. Castro alwa This is the R rated version of the Craft folks. Sensual, sexy and feminist. A great twist on the typical possession trope. A group of girls hold a séance where one of the girls, Fernanda becomes possessed but not by a demon.. something far older. Fernanda begins acting in bizarre ways as the presence works through her, using Fernanda for her own means. I won’t say much about the synopsis as it’s only a short book, but just know this is not your typical possession story. I love that V. Castro always weaves her culture throughout her stories and Goddess of Filth is no exception. She also has a way of writing empowered, strong female characters, even when they’re placed in situations where they could easily play a victimized role. She also has a way of pairing horror with erotica perfectly without making it tacky or tasteless. There are plenty of sexy scenes in here so for those who love their horror paired with sex look no further, especially for us female readers. The feeling of female bodies being appreciated and celebrated is something I picked up on in this book and it was definitely appreciated. There could have been further character development for some of the characters but overall I really enjoyed this and feel it stands in its own right within the possession sub genre, bringing something new and fresh.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    Goddess of Filth by V. Castro. Thanks to creaturelit for the e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️ After a seance at a sleepover with her best friends, quiet and meek Fernanda becomes different. She is loud, exhibitionist, and unrecognizable with her black makeup. When a local priest becomes obsessed with her, a professor helps her best friend understand what is going on. If there’s any horror I love, it’s a good possession trope. This one was good, but not quite as scary as I expected. It was super scary in the beginnin Goddess of Filth by V. Castro. Thanks to creaturelit for the e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️ After a seance at a sleepover with her best friends, quiet and meek Fernanda becomes different. She is loud, exhibitionist, and unrecognizable with her black makeup. When a local priest becomes obsessed with her, a professor helps her best friend understand what is going on. If there’s any horror I love, it’s a good possession trope. This one was good, but not quite as scary as I expected. It was super scary in the beginning, but ended up becoming a bit different than I expected. I did enjoy it, but it was not what I was expecting. I loved the main character and the bond between the young women. It was a major player in the story. Clocking in at a little over 100 pages, the story crams and a lot in. I’ve never really read a novella before but I really enjoyed it. My only complaint is that I felt the beginning missed build up. I would have enjoyed getting to know the girls before the possession started. “Even if the voice wasn’t a goddess but a devil, it was worth it. This freedom.” “I am a goddess and you a mortal female with much to learn about life and about yourself.” Goddess of Filth comes out 3/30.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Raechel

    This was a very cool short horror story about a group of Chicana girls in San Antonio, who end up accidentally summoning something that possesses their friend. I got a little bit of a My Best Friend's Exorcism vibe, but this is with a focus on Mexican-American culture and the bonds between a group of women. I liked that the entity in Fernanda's body was more nuanced than "this is a demon," and is actually based on real history. My biggest gripe with this book is the pacing. It's a short book and This was a very cool short horror story about a group of Chicana girls in San Antonio, who end up accidentally summoning something that possesses their friend. I got a little bit of a My Best Friend's Exorcism vibe, but this is with a focus on Mexican-American culture and the bonds between a group of women. I liked that the entity in Fernanda's body was more nuanced than "this is a demon," and is actually based on real history. My biggest gripe with this book is the pacing. It's a short book and I feel like it could have benefitted form being longer and slowing down the pacing. We go from scene to scene quickly and are often told about events that have happened or how someone feels, rather than being shown. That said, I grew up in Texas and this book made me miss it today. I'm really interested to see what else Castro has written and this will be an author/publisher I'm going to keep an eye on.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I was really excited to read Goddess of Filth by V Castro and it was in my most recent Nightworms subscription shipment!!!!!! After participating in a séance, Fernanda is possessed by some kind of spirit. Enlisting the help of priests and anyone else able to help deal with a possession; she begins a journey to get whatever it is inside of er unleased. I loved the female perspective, so many coming-of-age books in horror seem to center around male adolescence. I love the way Castro depicts female a I was really excited to read Goddess of Filth by V Castro and it was in my most recent Nightworms subscription shipment!!!!!! After participating in a séance, Fernanda is possessed by some kind of spirit. Enlisting the help of priests and anyone else able to help deal with a possession; she begins a journey to get whatever it is inside of er unleased. I loved the female perspective, so many coming-of-age books in horror seem to center around male adolescence. I love the way Castro depicts female adolescence. Castro does not shy away from exploring female sexuality and desire on the page, which makes for not only a sexy read, but an empowering read as it highlights the sexual drives of young women. And the supernatural horror has a fresh perspective! Beginning with a séance inspired by the movie “The Craft” and it starts out with a female centric sense of spirituality. Yet, the Catholic tradition is drawn deeply upon in this story highlighting the Hispanic tradition as well. These points give this novella a very unique, much needed voice. I also posted this review on my blog: http://glamorousbookgal.blogspot.com/...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniplx

    5 stars to one of the best books I’ve read this year! • This book was such a fun twist on a possession story, I loved it! It tells the story of five best friends, who decide to dabble with a seance and things go awry. Quiet Fernanda ends up being inhabited by something old and strong and the book takes off from there. • This is not your run of the mill possession story-not by a long shot and it is fantastic and refreshing. Castro interweaves Aztec mythology, latinx culture in Texas and the power of 5 stars to one of the best books I’ve read this year! • This book was such a fun twist on a possession story, I loved it! It tells the story of five best friends, who decide to dabble with a seance and things go awry. Quiet Fernanda ends up being inhabited by something old and strong and the book takes off from there. • This is not your run of the mill possession story-not by a long shot and it is fantastic and refreshing. Castro interweaves Aztec mythology, latinx culture in Texas and the power of women friendships into the normal possession narrative and it’s great. • I loved Lourdes, she was such a fun character to read. I loved her fierce loyalty, her independence and her vulnerability. I would read so many more books about her and Fernanda. • I can’t say much more without spoiling anything-but this book goes in directions I didn’t expect and it blew my mind in the best way possible. I cannot recommend this one enough-everyone should read it, it’s a blast and a perfect summer read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I make it a point to read horror novels and novels by as many women and BIPOC and LGBTQ authors as I can. I saw this slim book on several lists on upcoming horror for 2021, and bought it after listening to an episode of Books in the Freezer featuring an interview with the author. This was a 3.5 star read for me, but I rounded up because it had a unique perspective and an endearing cast. I like the unique spin on the possession story, and I also really liked the strong endorsement of female sexua I make it a point to read horror novels and novels by as many women and BIPOC and LGBTQ authors as I can. I saw this slim book on several lists on upcoming horror for 2021, and bought it after listening to an episode of Books in the Freezer featuring an interview with the author. This was a 3.5 star read for me, but I rounded up because it had a unique perspective and an endearing cast. I like the unique spin on the possession story, and I also really liked the strong endorsement of female sexuality. I struggled with the writing style a little. I didn’t think the dialogue was particularly true to life. Her descriptive prose was good, and the book flowed well. I just wasn’t sold on the stilted way the teenage girls spoke. It was a quick and enjoyable read. For once, I thought the novella length worked well. The author was able to tell a full story with credible characters in less than 150 pages.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Demi

    I really had a fun time with this book! It's tiny. Just a little thing really, and a part of me feels like the large margins are wasteful but also I really liked the way the story was broken up. The descriptive writing style was well done and the pacing was good. Overall, I enjoyed it, so why only three stars? If you're going to advertise something, follow through. The Craft references were there but I REALLY wanted MORE of it. I wanted what was promised. Also, I buddy read this and she mentione I really had a fun time with this book! It's tiny. Just a little thing really, and a part of me feels like the large margins are wasteful but also I really liked the way the story was broken up. The descriptive writing style was well done and the pacing was good. Overall, I enjoyed it, so why only three stars? If you're going to advertise something, follow through. The Craft references were there but I REALLY wanted MORE of it. I wanted what was promised. Also, I buddy read this and she mentioned a few timeline issues that I didn't pick up on during reading. However, now that she mentioned them it's REALLY obvious. Maybe a little more fact checking on the author's part. Just to wrap things up a bit neater. I felt the ending was a bit rushed and that there could have been a bit more meat on the bones of this story. Like I said, overall I enjoyed it and despite a few nitpick things, I will probably read more of this author!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Starts with powerful desire to break free from shackles, borders, realms, and touch something greater, with strength one will rise, hooking you in, reeling you forward the prose impacting, potent precise, on edge lyrically pulling you succumbing to the voice with a little bruja magic. The lives, chronicles of young women, sisters at the precipice of something unearthly, ungodly, succumbing the reader forward with all the disgust, filth and power. There is fiction play with religion things, filthy Starts with powerful desire to break free from shackles, borders, realms, and touch something greater, with strength one will rise, hooking you in, reeling you forward the prose impacting, potent precise, on edge lyrically pulling you succumbing to the voice with a little bruja magic. The lives, chronicles of young women, sisters at the precipice of something unearthly, ungodly, succumbing the reader forward with all the disgust, filth and power. There is fiction play with religion things, filthy things, and horror, so do not enter forth if these factors may upset. Since the experience through The Exorcist, the Shining, and Carrie one may have been wanting for more to read and this serves up more to read. Review with excerpts @ https://www.more2read.com/review/goddess-of-filth-by-v-castro/

  21. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    The book begins with a seance among friends. They have graduated from high school and are ready to begin the rest of their lives, either going to college or to work. But this is not your typical going away party. The seance conjured up something, and Fernanda begins to speak Nahuatl. The book may begin like a scene from The Craft, but it goes in some exciting and unexpected directions as the young women try to figure out what is happening to their friend and who (or what) now shares her body. I The book begins with a seance among friends. They have graduated from high school and are ready to begin the rest of their lives, either going to college or to work. But this is not your typical going away party. The seance conjured up something, and Fernanda begins to speak Nahuatl. The book may begin like a scene from The Craft, but it goes in some exciting and unexpected directions as the young women try to figure out what is happening to their friend and who (or what) now shares her body. I fell into the story easily, and the characters kept me engaged. They are fully believable, and I think I knew some of them once upon a time. I recognized pieces of myself as well. That made the book resonate with me so that I finished it far too quickly. I’ve been a fan since Maria the Wanted, and V. Castro just keeps getting better and better. Highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    I'm not quite sure how to start this review. This was definitely a book that I will be thinking about for a long time after I've read it. It's not just a horror read - though it was definitely creepy and had all the elements of a good horror book. It was about friendship and sexuality and women and it really touched me in a way I wasn't expecting. The premise is that five friends perform a sceance and then one of their friends is (view spoiler)[possessed by an ancient god that eats sin (hide spo I'm not quite sure how to start this review. This was definitely a book that I will be thinking about for a long time after I've read it. It's not just a horror read - though it was definitely creepy and had all the elements of a good horror book. It was about friendship and sexuality and women and it really touched me in a way I wasn't expecting. The premise is that five friends perform a sceance and then one of their friends is (view spoiler)[possessed by an ancient god that eats sin (hide spoiler)] . Honestly, it was just stunningly written. Too many lines to post here but so many that sat with me and made me think. This is the first book I have read by V. Castro and I will definitely be reading more soon!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rich Rosell

    I received this title as part of my monthly subscription package from Night Worms. Despite the gritty title this story is really more about empowerment than pure evil, though the line does get fuzzy now and again. Castro paints the Latinx world of her characters with a deep brush, giving them genuine depth and realism that plays well with their actions and reactions to things. During the summer - between high school graduation and whatever comes next - a group of friends goof around and seemingly I received this title as part of my monthly subscription package from Night Worms. Despite the gritty title this story is really more about empowerment than pure evil, though the line does get fuzzy now and again. Castro paints the Latinx world of her characters with a deep brush, giving them genuine depth and realism that plays well with their actions and reactions to things. During the summer - between high school graduation and whatever comes next - a group of friends goof around and seemingly summon something evil during an alcohol-fueled evening. Castro doesn't go down the expected path with what happens next, and I kind of dug that. More novella than novel, at 140-ish pages 'Goddess of Filth' reads fast and held my interest the entire journey.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sasha(SpookyxSasha)

    Story wastes no time in getting straight to the horror/action and it kept up a fantastic fast pace throughout the entirety of the novel. The writing hooks you in almost immediately. You get a feel for these characters and come to empathize with them; especially Lourdes and Fernanda as they are the two you follow through most of the novel. This is a tale of exploring what it means to be a woman and even I think teaches us how to relish and realize our own power. There were so many great twists and Story wastes no time in getting straight to the horror/action and it kept up a fantastic fast pace throughout the entirety of the novel. The writing hooks you in almost immediately. You get a feel for these characters and come to empathize with them; especially Lourdes and Fernanda as they are the two you follow through most of the novel. This is a tale of exploring what it means to be a woman and even I think teaches us how to relish and realize our own power. There were so many great twists and turns that kept me turning the page. The story ends wonderfully and I truly enjoyed this read very much!!! So much I didn't expect, but I think the author took this in such a wonderful and unique direction. WELL WORTH THE READ!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    The book started off well. The seance scene was pretty creepy. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for much beyond that. The characters were extremely one dimensional and the writing lacked any type of nuance. There was also a surprising number of scenes that could have been cut out completely. This fact was especially concerning when you consider the fact that the book is extremely short. The worst part,however, was how the book’s message was conveyed. The message is a good one but it felt like the wh The book started off well. The seance scene was pretty creepy. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for much beyond that. The characters were extremely one dimensional and the writing lacked any type of nuance. There was also a surprising number of scenes that could have been cut out completely. This fact was especially concerning when you consider the fact that the book is extremely short. The worst part,however, was how the book’s message was conveyed. The message is a good one but it felt like the whole thing was really heavy handed to the point that I felt like I was being preached at I was honestly really disappointed by this book. After seeing all the glowing reviews I was so excited to read it. Unfortunately, i didn’t care for it at all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (That's What She Read)

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with a sprinkle of Jennifer's Body?? This was wickedly fun! A group of friends play a game that seemingly goes too far on the night of graduation and their most accomplished friend is possessed by something that's making her act out of character. It's important that this coming of age story follows a group of Mexican young women in Texas at this point in their lives. V. Castro tapped into not only angst, but the rage of what it means to be a brown woman, and she Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with a sprinkle of Jennifer's Body?? This was wickedly fun! A group of friends play a game that seemingly goes too far on the night of graduation and their most accomplished friend is possessed by something that's making her act out of character. It's important that this coming of age story follows a group of Mexican young women in Texas at this point in their lives. V. Castro tapped into not only angst, but the rage of what it means to be a brown woman, and she did it well. If I had any complaints, it would be that I wish we spent more time with the other women in the friend group, but a fun way to spend an afternoon. A great addition to the possession genre

  27. 4 out of 5

    LuAnn

    I enjoyed Goddess of Filth. There are fun, familiar horror tropes throughout the novella, but the ancient Goddess added an element that was new and interesting to me. I loved that Castro provided cultural and historical details about this powerful female entity- the story really picked up for me at this point. The strength of the story can be found in the women that live in these pages. These women demonstrate that by supporting each other and moving past judgmental ideas, you can survive horrib I enjoyed Goddess of Filth. There are fun, familiar horror tropes throughout the novella, but the ancient Goddess added an element that was new and interesting to me. I loved that Castro provided cultural and historical details about this powerful female entity- the story really picked up for me at this point. The strength of the story can be found in the women that live in these pages. These women demonstrate that by supporting each other and moving past judgmental ideas, you can survive horrible, frightening events and come through stronger. Looking forward to reading more of V. Castro’s work!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Lindsey

    I jumped for joy when I pulled this out of my April Nightworms package. This was one of my top anticipated releases for 2021 and I was not disappointed. I enjoy possession stories and this one really impressed with its take on a women's perspective with regards to ownership of her body. Lourdes is my favorite character and is the most fleshed out of the cast, but I did find myself wanting more characterization for the other girls. The story does feel a little rushed and on the nose for the messa I jumped for joy when I pulled this out of my April Nightworms package. This was one of my top anticipated releases for 2021 and I was not disappointed. I enjoy possession stories and this one really impressed with its take on a women's perspective with regards to ownership of her body. Lourdes is my favorite character and is the most fleshed out of the cast, but I did find myself wanting more characterization for the other girls. The story does feel a little rushed and on the nose for the message it's trying to convey, but that doesn't subtract from its impact. Castro's writing is enjoyable and almost poetic at times, and it has left me with a hunger for more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Perez 📖

    Fucking AWESOME.... I highly recommend it specifically to all my goddesses and brujas out there..... Don’t judge this book by it’s barely recognized cover or because it’s not one of the mainstream books by big powerhouse publishing companies or because you don’t know the author’s name because it’s really really UNDERRATED .... Aaaaaaaand just so you know -This is a very adult book with sexual content ...... Again very good book with a lot of of punch in such a short story..... And although I’m not Fucking AWESOME.... I highly recommend it specifically to all my goddesses and brujas out there..... Don’t judge this book by it’s barely recognized cover or because it’s not one of the mainstream books by big powerhouse publishing companies or because you don’t know the author’s name because it’s really really UNDERRATED .... Aaaaaaaand just so you know -This is a very adult book with sexual content ...... Again very good book with a lot of of punch in such a short story..... And although I’m not Mexican I’m latinx and do say it has good representation.... V Castro is freaking awesome 👏 😊

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristyn

    I really liked this take on a possession story. Fernanda becomes possessed one night while having a seance with her friends. The entity that possesses her is a bit different than the average demon and I really liked that about this book. This isn't only a possession story though, it's also a feminist story with a strong female friendship. There's also a bit of a side story about something else evil going on and I was invested in that too. This is also a book that can be read in a couple of hours I really liked this take on a possession story. Fernanda becomes possessed one night while having a seance with her friends. The entity that possesses her is a bit different than the average demon and I really liked that about this book. This isn't only a possession story though, it's also a feminist story with a strong female friendship. There's also a bit of a side story about something else evil going on and I was invested in that too. This is also a book that can be read in a couple of hours. I recommend this one for anyone who wants a bit of a different take on a possession story. I definitely typed possession too many times in this one review.

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