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Forest. Fungi. Family secrets.
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A massive storm washes up something sinister from the depths of the Monterey Bay.
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A desperate woman, a vile ringmaster, and creatures that howl in the night.
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Eight miles of mystery. One night of terror.
A beautiful forest. A terrifying legend.
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Some grudges never die.
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An International Latino Book Awards Gold Medal Winner!
The City Wants Them Gone.
The Demons Want Them Dead.

Before Dodger Stadium, dark forces terrorized the residents of Chavez Ravine.

Two hundred stubborn residents remain in the neighborhoods of Chavez Ravine, tucked in the hills above L.A in 1952. As the holdouts fight eviction by the city, Trini Duran, 22 and feisty, reluctantly returns home. When new and terrifying threats emerge, Trini leads a ragtag group to fight an elusive enemy in a battle for survival.

An urban fantasy novella, available now on

Paperback, Kindle, and audiobook formats available now.

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After dark, danger lurks in the ravine.

The bodies of handsome young men are discovered near an elaborate movie set in the northeast hills of Los Angeles. It’s summer, 1950. Each is a gruesome tableau of shocking violence.

Robert is a reporter new to the big city who needs to prove himself.

Catalina is a beautiful healer determined to keep her secrets.

A chance encounter connects them to the case that’s confounding police and commanding headlines. The results are as unexpected as they are horrific.
But when a ghost appears in the semi-rural neighborhoods where evictions loom, frightening the residents, the dark mystery deepens and threatens them all.

The truth is only one story away. If it’s not buried, first.

Paperback and Kindle formats available now

Content Warning: Sexual assault; violence; death; strong language; racism 

About Debra Castaneda

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Debra Castaneda is an award-winning horror and dark fiction author based on the central coast of California.

Her works include The Spore Queen, A Dark and Rising Tide, The Devil’s Shallows, The Root Witch, Circus at Devil’s Landing, and The Copper Man, which comprise the Dark Earth Rising series of standalone novels, and The Monsters of Chavez Ravine, an International Latino Book Awards gold medal winner.

Debra loves writing character-driven stories about people who experience scary things, and how they react when confronted with the unexpected. She’s committed to representing Latinas and Latinos in her books.

For inspiration, she draws from her experience as a TV and radio journalist, and as a third-generation Mexican American. Over the years, she’s lived in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay area.

Debra now lives in Capitola, California with her husband. She enjoys rediscovering the Mexican dishes of her childhood and texting her two daughters about her latest binge-watch.

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