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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,428 ratings  ·  546 reviews
“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
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Paperback, 156 pages
Published March 30th 2021 by Creature Publishing
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Riley
Oct 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this was so good!!!! The Craft meets Jennifer's Body ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, review-copy
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
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Sadie Hartmann
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cemetery-dance
Review originally published at Cemetery Dance Online:
https://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/...

This is a possession story with a twist. A few friends gather together to channel their inner witch vibes and unintentionally conjure up an ancient goddess. This sudden presence in the friend group causes some concern among the girls and their parents. A priest is summoned which only manages to make the situation worse and more dangerous.

V. Castro does a remarkable job bringing all the characters to life
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Natasha Van Duser
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Oh, man. Where to start with this one? I had such high expectations for this novella when I first read about the premise. I was so excited to read a sort of Mexican spin on The Craft. I really wanted a novel playing up Mexican folklore as well as the occult, which is what the book led me to believe this would be. It was also printed by a very pro-feminism publisher, so I thought I was in for a really fun ride. I was very wrong.

I think the biggest problem with Goddess of Filth is that V. Castro
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Laurie
4.5 rounding up. These Ladies of Horror Fiction are killing it with their new releases! Check it out, it's hard to put down once you start. I loved the friendship here I think as much as the horror. And trust me, there are all kinds of horrors in this story.

Goddess of Filth is a story about a group of friends who drink a little booze and perform a séance. What follows is a bloody, ugly, rage-filled and also hopeful story about expectations, perseverance and a refusal to let others determine you
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Alex (The Bookubus)
Apr 28, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The Craft had a big impact on me during my teenage years and because this book has been compared to that film I knew I had to read it. I found it to be a well written and absorbing read but unfortunately I thought some of the elements in the story were underdeveloped and the ending felt somewhat rushed. This was a shame since there are a lot of strong points here otherwise. The themes of feminism and sexuality are brilliantly done and I really appreciated this being a female coming of a
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Rachelle
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
"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!
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Nicole
Sep 06, 2022 rated it really liked it

I listened to the audiobook and I loved it! It had similar vibes to My Best Friend’s Exorcism which I also enjoyed. The narrator was great and the book wasn’t too long. It was creepy, atmospheric, and overall a good time.

Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline are best friends who’s lives are turned upside down after a séance gone wrong. They suspect their friend Fernanda begins exhibiting strange behavior. She’s wearing dark makeup, acting promiscuously and doing a bunch of other things tha
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Sunny
Sep 02, 2022 rated it liked it
a somewhat cheesy but good feminist chicana horror novella!
Hail Hydra! ~Dave Anderson~
She raised her shot of tequila with tears in her eyes and pupils vibrating. Tlazoltéotl was with us.

“And to the goddess for her teachings. May her words show us the way.” I raised my shot.

“To Dr. Camacho,” said Ana.

Pauline and Perla looked at each other. “To us.”

With tears streaming down our cheeks, we necked the smooth and smoky alcohol and then turned on The Craft one last time.
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
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Mindi
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one from start to finish. My only complaint, if you could even call it that, is that I wish this story was longer. I would have loved to read more of these wonderful characters.
Ashley (spookishmommy)
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To anyone who has ever felt they don't belong, you will find your place in the pages of Goddess of Filth. ...more
Monica
May 01, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Erin Talamantes
Nov 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was fun!
It went in a completely different direction than I thought it was going, but I really liked how it turned out.
I wish some aspects had been developed and expanded upon a bit more, but since the book is so short, I wasn’t too shocked by the lack of development on certain things.
Fiona
Dec 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
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.

We've all done things without thinking, especially when young, especially when drunk - and it's maybe not a time when four teenage girls are about to remember that The Craft really didn't work out super well for most of the girl
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Boston
May 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Steph
It made me almost wish I had been born without a womb so that no man could want me and no God would expect me to be leashed. The rest of me could be mine, and mine alone.

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quick and dirty and poignant. with multiple allusions to the craft, i was afraid this would be an unoriginal little romp, but the story is actually super interesting. (view spoiler)

i love
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Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Sep 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book was EVERYTHING!!!
With Fierce & Fiery Female characters and a story that was fast paced, fantastic, and filthy…ohhhh so deliciously filthy!!!
I absolutely adored this story of a “possession-gone-right”!!!
Sara Tantlinger
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun, and definitely one of my favorites by V. Castro that I've read. There are some truly beautiful lines of prose in this book that make you stop (in a good way) to just soak in the words. It's an absorbing book, and it's so easy to get lost in the world and characters that Castro creates. I really enjoyed the agency seen within all of the girls as they navigate womanhood on top of the summoning of a pretty badass goddess. Totally recommend picking this one up! ...more
Ruthie
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read-2021
I would have given this book a 1.5 star, but on this site I don't give anything I've been able to finish reading lower than a 2.

I noticed a lot of reviewers that have been posted so far bring up that there is good feminism, which truthfully, 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 only one that could be quoted as changing only did so because of the goddess taking control and not the ch
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Michael Hicks
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
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Sunny
Jul 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
What an absolute delight!
Amy
May 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
Watch my reading vlog here: https://youtu.be/dYGCRv0-x1s

This was such an interesting possession story! I loved the characters, loved this group girls, loved the feminist conversation and the own voice dialogue of mexican culture and growing up with traditional parents and in a non wealthy family. Not something I can completely relate to (I’m not Mexican) but I appreciated that aspect of the story nonetheless. The horror aspects of the book gave such creepy imagery in my head, I loved it. My only
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Coral
This had some really interesting themes. A few things threw me off though - there was character development for the two main characters, but next to nothing for anyone else, even people who were integral to the plot line. At times the writing itself didn't jive with me as well, it felt really simplistic. ...more
Nikki Rouillet-Thrun
Nov 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
If you want unhinged, badass, female fuelled rage and power; this one is for you!
Ghoul Von Horror
TW: Violence, childrens death, kidnapping, strong sexual scenes, drinking, drugs

*****SPOILERS*****
About the book: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 Fernand
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Sasha(SpookyxSasha)
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
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Sandy Lewis
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
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
Nate
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, nightworms
This was a damn fun read, and I loved the way this challenged traditional possession stories. Interesting juxtapositions all over the place involving social expectations, stigmas, and the church. To top it off, the character arcs feel complete despite the novella length. Highly recommended!
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