A Filipina Twist on the Seven Deadly Sins
Spooky Mo: Horror Stories by Marivi Soliven is a collection of nine short stories based on the Seven Deadly sins — with a Filipina twist. In each of these stories, Filipino women from different walks of life deal with professional rivals, husband’s mistresses, domestic violence, close-minded neighbors. Each woman has her own vices, which range from gluttony to pride, lust to envy.
Throughout Spooky Mo: Horror Stories, we see the wrath that woman are capable of, or as Marivi Soliven reminds us in the introduction, “how we members of the gentler sex can, when provoked, turn into genuinely scary bitches. Consider yourself warned.”
I loved all of the Spooky Mo: Horror Stories by Marivi Soliven because even though each story is inspired by a Deadly Sin, it was easy to connect with each of the characters–their aspirations, fears, and secrets. I read through one story after the next, thinking, “Oh, it can’t possibly beat the story I just finished reading!” I was pleasantly surprised when I hit the last of the stories, “Spooky Mo”, a tale with a gruesome guest appearance of vagina dentata.