Publication Date
December 6, 2022

Out of Aztlan

V. Castro

An ancient goddess rises up from an inverted temple in a lake of blood to purify the earth. Two pearl divers plot revenge against the Spanish merchants who enslave them. A mutant species of jellyfish fueled by garbage heaps wreaks havoc on beachgoers. Aided by mermaids, a pirate known as The Scorpion and her all-female crew challenge a corrupt king. And back on dry land, a mother avenges the daughters of her community with a very special batch of ancho chili salsa.

V. Castro’s spirited characters come alive in her uniquely playful, fiery style, from a vengeful lobster to a mother willing to put her life on the line for justice. In these and other stories, the descendants of Aztlan—the mythical homeland of the Aztec people—work to overthrow their oppressors and usher in the dawn of a new world.

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Praise for Out of Aztlan

Out of Aztlan is like nothing I’ve ever read before. A sublime mix of old gods and new tales. V. Castro transports you to moments throughout time. If you’re looking for a terrifying collection about nature getting its revenge on humans, this is it. I will never look at lobsters—or the ocean—the same way again.” Amina Akhtar, author of Kismet

About the Author

V. Castro is a Mexican American writer from San Antonio, Texas now residing in the UK with her family. She writes Latinx narratives in horror, erotic horror, and science fiction. Her recent releases include Aliens: Vasquez and Goddess of Filth. Connect with Violet via Instagram and Twitter @vlatinalondon or at