Latinx Book Month with StoryBundle
The very first Latinx horror stories I encountered were not from books, but from my mother. As a Mexican American from south Texas I remember vividly the tale of La Llorona and La Lechuza. One is about a woman who drowned her own children and the other a mythical creature half owl and half witch, but both wanted misbehaving children. It placed enough fear in my imagination to make me behave because if I didn't, they would be waiting. Otherwise, the chancla (flip flop) lay in wait.
Since then I've gravitated towards all types of dark fiction. I suppose this shouldn't surprise me now because most Latinx folks are a blend of different cultures, races and religions. The younger me didn't care who wrote or recounted the tale, as long as I had my fix. I loved heading to the school library to see what new books had arrived since the last time I checked. It took me some time to realize I needed to wait more than a few days. My mother and I regularly visited Blockbuster (raise your hand if you remember the video store). Browsing the horror covers is still a fond memory for me. Most of the time I couldn't take one of them home, so I'd make up my own story, or I'd wait until it was shown on TV and watch without permission. I still have those first horror stories I wrote as a child.
However, one thing that was missing were the stories that reflected my heritage. Where were the brown final girls or tales about the Maya and Aztec gods? Back then you would be hard pressed to find Mexican Americans or other Latinx cultures represented in most genres in literature and film unless you needed a paper-thin stereotype created by someone who never lived this life. This never struck me as odd until I was at an age to understand my gender and the color of my skin held meaning. Who I was and should be was not up to me, but up for debate and judgement by someone else. Our history and stories told not through our lens or words but interpreted by another. Latin America is fraught with political unrest, corruption and crime. Colonization is itself a horror, yet historically we have not seen that expressed widely in horror and noir by the individuals who are products of those things in their culture. When it comes to crime, we have been on the receiving end time and time again. Do you recall the Zoot Suit Riots? Latinx communities have lived darkness. Our blood has been absorbed by fields and splashed on streets. Yet we rise and thrive.
It's Latinx Book Month and I would like share with you a small portion of the wealth of talent and diversity within the Latinx community. If you are a lover of dark fiction, I hope this small introduction will diversify your reading. Perhaps you will feel yourself drawn to a particular book because it represents some part of you. We have female and male authors from different cultures within the Latinx community lending their unique voices and styles to genres that historically have not represented us. The darkness in this bundle ranges from creatures prowling the night to the icy clutches of abuse in a relationship.
By embracing our differences through storytelling, I believe we can learn more about each other. Let our fascination with claws, ghosts, killers, and the macabre bring us together. Enjoy this collection and share! Check out the other titles by these authors. If you have the time, please leave a rating or review even if it is a sentence or two. All of this counts towards creating wider doors for Latinx creators and authors of color.
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