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Monsters and Saints - LatIndigenous Landscapes and Spectral Storytelling

Monsters and Saints

LatIndigenous Landscapes and Spectral Storytelling

Edited by Shantel Martinez & Kelly Medina-López
Series: Horror and Monstrosity Studies Series

Hardcover : 9781496848734, 310 pages, 85 b&w and color illustrations, January 2024
Paperback : 9781496848741, 310 pages, 85 b&w and color illustrations, January 2024

Table of contents

Introduction: Collecting Our Bones
Shantel Martinez and Kelly Medina-López

Part I. Ghosts in the Real: Historiography in Our Stories that Becomes Research
Chapter 1. La Llorona: A LatIndingenous Specter of Trauma, Motherhood, and Contemporary Racial Violence
Sarah De Los Santos Upton and Leandra Hinojosa Hernández
Chapter 2. Legacies of Land, Cultural Clashes, and Spiritual Stirrings: A Testimonio of New Mexican Ghost Stories
Amanda R. Martinez
Chapter 3. Dueling Border-Ghosts: Exploring the Equator as a Space of Spirituality and Resistance
Diana Isabel Martínez
Chapter 4. Closing the Circle
Eric Murillo
Chapter 5. Ciguanabas, Refugees, and Other Hauntings: Three Salvadoran Women’s Epistemic Hauntings as Resistance against Heteropatriarchy
Brenda Selena Lara
Chapter 6. “Entre la Santa y la Muerte”: Liminality and Empowerment in Mexico’s Santa Muerte
Luisa Fernanda Grijalva-Maza
Chapter 7. La CoyotaPerejundia
Moises Gonzales
Chapter 8. Iconografía Prohibida/Forbidden Iconography
Lizzeth Tecuatl Cuaxiloa
Chapter 9. Making a Living
Saul Ramirez
Part II. Hazme Caso: Memoir, Poetry, and Stories
Chapter 10. Curse of the Zamora Girls: Unveiling Familial Ghost Stories for Survival
Bianca Tonantzin Zamora
Chapter 11. And He Whispered, “Yolanda, Yolanda”
Spencer R. Herrera
Chapter 12. Mi Abuelita y Los Rosarios
Arturo “Velaz” Muñoz
Chapter 13. Los Aullidos de las Madres
Sarah Amira de la Garza
Chapter 14. my baby wanted an el camino, that’s real
Diego Medina
Chapter 15. Cry Baby
Kathleen Alcalá
Chapter 16. Becoming Indigenous Again: Returning Home and Making the Ghosts Visible
Juan Pacheco Marcial
Chapter 17. cortando las nubes,or, death came on horses
ire’ne lara silva
Chapter 18. Thru the Veil and 32.2480° N, 112.9161° W (Sonoran Desert)
Roxanna Ivonne Sanchez-Avila
Part III. Bringing the Borderlands Home: Public Discourses and Theories of the Flesh
Chapter 19. Hauntology of the Oppressed: The MeXicana Gothic and Spectral Geographies in Sandra Cisneros’s “Woman Hollering Creek”
Cathryn J. Merla-Watson
Chapter 20. Haunted by Settler Nostalgia: (Lat)Indigenous Specters, White Vampires, and the Historical Amnesia of Twilight
Susana Loza

About the Contributors

Writings and artwork that examine the concept of home through the ghost stories of Latinx and Indigenous cultures


Contributions by Kathleen Alcalá, Sarah Amira de la Garza, Sarah De Los Santos Upton, Moises Gonzales, Luisa Fernanda Grijalva-Maza, Leandra Hinojosa Hernández, Spencer R. Herrera, Brenda Selena Lara, Susana Loza, Juan Pacheco Marcial, Amanda R. Martinez, Diana Isabel Martínez, Shantel Martinez, Diego Medina, Kelly Medina-López, Cathryn J. Merla-Watson, Arturo “Velaz” Muñoz, Eric Murillo, Saul Ramirez, Roxanna Ivonne Sanchez-Avila, ire’ne lara silva, Lizzeth Tecuatl Cuaxiloa, and Bianca Tonantzin Zamora

Monsters and Saints: LatIndigenous Landscapes and Spectral Storytelling is a collection of stories, poetry, art, and essays divining the contemporary intersection of Latinx and Indigenous cultures from the American Southwest, Mexico, and Central and South America. To give voice to this complicated identity, this volume investigates how cultures of ghost storytelling foreground a sense of belonging and home in people from LatIndigenous landscapes. Monsters and Saints reflects intersectional and intergenerational understandings of lived experiences, bodies, and traumas as narrated through embodied hauntings.

Contributions to this anthology represent a commitment to thoughtful inquiry into the ways storytelling assigns meaning through labels like monster, saint, and ghost, particularly as these unfold in the context of global migration. For many marginalized and displaced peoples, a sense of belonging is always haunted through historical exclusion from an original homespace. This exclusion further manifests as limited bodily autonomy. By locating the concept of “home” as beyond physical constructs, the volume argues that spectral stories and storytelling practices of LatIndigeneity (re)configure affective states and spaces of being, becoming, migrating, displacing, and belonging.


"This truly innovative book amasses creative and research-based writing that illustrates a connection between historical Indigenous communities and contemporary Chicanx-identified peoples."

- Rachel Valentina González-Martin, author of Quinceañera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities