A weeping woman wanders the L.A. River, wailing for her lost son. A teen wants to find true love's kiss for their quince but discovers so much more. The journey of the last ahuizotl through the Franklin Mountains. King Triton's son finds a way to leave his tail behind to seek out the stars. Two girls become the keys to freeing long-trapped goddesses and their villages.
Where Monsters Lurk & Magic Hides is an anthology of Latine/x genre fiction from both new and established young adult authors. The stories in this anthology span the genre categories of romance, sci-fi & fantasy, and gothic horror. They take place in this world, other worlds, or maybe somewhere in between. Most importantly, the characters on these pages are not stereotypical Latine characters. Rather, they are fleshed-out characters, embarking on amazing adventures, who are unabashedly Latine.
Jumping between sections of this anthology, you will have a chance to see how tropes and settings specific to these genres are interpreted through our specific cultures. At the core of the stories are themes of family, love, religion, loss, food, longing, and ever-shifting identity. This anthology explores all of the joy and speculation found through Latinidad.
Contributors: K.C. Amira, Carolina Florez-Cerchiaro, Jaelin St. Clair, Shayna Conde, K. Victoria Hernandez, Sabrina Prestes, Jarrard Raju, Kiara Medina, Ashley Jean Granillo, Mariel Jungkunz, Nathalie D. Medina, Judy Fernandez Diaz, Lauren T. Davila, Flor Salcedo, Stephanie Slagle, Alexandra Campos, Taylor Ramage, and Linda Raquel Nieves Pérez.
Cover design by Mazziel Coello
About the Author
Lauren T. Davila is a Pushcart-nominated, Latina author, anthologist, and editor. She is represented by Susan Velazquez Colmant at JABberwocky Literary Agency.She has edited multiple short story anthologies. including: - WHEN OTHER PEOPLE SAW US, THEY SAW THE DEAD (Haunt Publishing, May 2022; Outland Entertainment, April 2023 )- WHERE MONSTERS LURK AND MAGIC HIDES (Bee Infinite Press; Nov. 2022)- PLACES WE BUILD IN THE UNIVERSE (Flower Song Press; Nov. 2022)- RECLAMATION: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CLIMATE GENRE FICTION (Outland Entertainment; July 2023)- LOCALE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF TIME AND PLACE (Inked in Gray; Nov. 2023)Beyond these titles, she is editing or co-editing multiple anthologies on submission.Her poetry and short fiction has appeared online at Granada Magazine, The Paragon Journal, Ghost Heart Literary Magazine, Peach Velvet Mag, Voyage Journal, Second Chance Magazine, Headcanon Magazine, In Parentheses, and Poets Reading the News.Lauren is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English at Claremont Graduate University. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from George Mason University. After completing her studies, she plans to teach at the collegiate level while working in publishing.She is currently editing her debut novel, AT THE STILL POINTE, an adult gothic mystery featuring ballerinas and the Greek Furies. She is also working on a YA superhero series, picture books, and poetry and short story collections.Besides her personal and anthology work, she has experience working as an Acquisitions Editor for an independent press. She is currently searching for a new role in publishing. In her editing work, she prioritizes acquisitions of diverse and historically marginalized authors. She is also currently taking on freelance editing clients and information can be found on her EDITING SERVICES page. She is also a judge at NYC Midnight and Editor-in-Chief for Foothill Poetry Journal.She lives in the greater Los Angeles area where you can find her swimming, walking her golden retriever, and drinking one too many rose lattes.For inquiries regarding invitations to anthologies, international rights, or IP work, please reach out to Susan at https: //awfulagent.com/agents/susan-velazquez/
"You can find me lurking, looking for people to throw this book at because this magic should never be hidden!" - Sonora Reyes, bestselling author of THE LESBIANA'S GUIDE TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL
"I didn't know how much I needed an anthology like this to exist. Just bursting with originality, beauty, and Latinidad; Where Monsters Lurk & Magic Hides is an undeniable showcase of extreme talent providing some fresh perspective to genres that desperately need it."
- Angel Luis Colon, author of INFESTED, AN MTV FEAR NOVEL and editor of ¡PA'QUE TU LO SEPAS!
"One story that magnifies the many shades of grief, madness, and a desperate wife's blood-soaked attempt to cover it all. Another that contemplates the meaning of first kisses and familial love with humor and relatability. A haunting story of a deserted girl who takes back her own life...even if it means letting her lover's perish. WHERE MONSTERS LURK & MAGIC HIDES is a collection of captivating stories, melodic prose, and beautiful illustration all immersed in unapologetic cultural glory. These captivating worlds detail first love, loss, heart-wrenching grief, and a deeper meaning that begs to be pondered within every word. Read and discover the magic that lies within each of us to unashamedly write our own stories & let our culture shine forth like gold." - Charity Alyse, author of OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS
"WHERE MONSTERS LURK & MAGIC HIDES edited by Lauren Davila is a gripping collection of triumphant speculative fiction. At turns haunting and devastating, it flawlessly encapsulates a variety of Latinx experiences that will surely speak to many." -- Sandra Proudman, editor of RELIT: 16 LATINX REMIXES OF CLASSIC STORIES