Author Spotlight: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Though it doesn't actually need to be a book about vampires to pull off such a return, in the case of Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Certain Dark Things (a "neon-noir" vampire novel), the subject matter is certainly appropriate.
First published in 2016, Certain Dark Things faced bad timing and underpromotion and quickly went out of print without ever being released in paperback. But in the years since, as the book has gained traction and Moreno-Garcia has garnered further acclaim as an author and editor, publishers have finally realized it was time for a little literary resurrection. Now, Certain Dark Things is back, available for the first time in paperback, and with an awesome new cover.
We were so excited to see this book back on shelves this week, and we're such big fans of Moreno-Garcia's work in general, that we couldn't resist putting together a little author profile and sharing some more of our favorites!
About Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a Mexican-Canadian author and editor. Her recent (and perhaps best known) novel Mexican Gothic, has spent months on the Indie Bestseller List in both hardcover and paperback. Her latest novel, Velvet Was the Night, was just released in August to wide critical acclaim. In addition to her novels, Moreno-Garcia has also published a wide range of short fiction, and has edited multiple anthologies.
Dancing between genres from horror to romance to mystery thrillers, Moreno-Garcia infuses her stories with gripping prose, excellently balancing the personal with the universal. Many of her novels are set in Mexico, weaving through its cities and countryside as well as its culture, history, and mythology. She expertly subverts anglocentric plot devices and genres, crafting stories that both delight in their own right and draw attention to the ways in which past literature would have glossed over or whitewashed them. Her stories are often infused with mystery and magic, drawing from a range of cultures to create rich and vivid worlds that are a pleasure to explore, even when they're also a little (okay, sometimes a lot) terrifying.
Learn more about Silvia Moreno-Garcia's books below!
Certain Dark Things
"A tense crime plot wrapped in grim, glittering vampire lore and perfectly delivered with Moreno-Garcia’s unflinching prose, Certain Dark Things is a bloody neon dream of a book." —Hannah Whitten, author of For the Wolf
Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is just trying to survive its heavily policed streets when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. And Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, needs to quickly escape the city, before the rival narco-vampire clan catches up with her. Her plan doesn’t include Domingo, but little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his undeniable charm. Does this unlikely pair stand a chance of making it out alive? Or will the city devour them whole? Add to Cart
"A noir masterpiece" —Kirkus Reviews
1971, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger. But when her next-door neighbor disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—an adventure that might bring her a great romance of her own, if it doesn't kill her first. Add to Cart
"A slow-burn, stately novel about the magic of what it means to love, and love truly.” –Tor.com
This spring is Nina's one chance to join the ranks of Loisail's most notable socialites. But she has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip, just when it matters the most. Then entertainer Hector Auvray comes to town, and Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, Hector takes Nina on as a pupil, and under his tutelage Nina's power blooms, as does her love for him. But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina — and himself—that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins. Add to Cart
"Untamed Shore is both transporting and transfixing. ... A shrewd, exciting thriller by a writer with a fresh vision and a powerful voice."―Julia Dahl, author of the award-winning Rebekah Roberts series
Viridiana is bored. Terribly bored. Yet her head is filled with dreams of Hollywood films, of romance, of a future beyond the drab town where her only option is to marry and have children. So when three wealthy American tourists arrive for the summer, and Viridiana suddenly (and eagerly) becomes entwined in their glamorous lives. But her new acquaintances may not be who they seem, and as things start going wrong, Viridiana finds herself tangled in a web of deceit. Add to Cart
"It's Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird."—The Guardian
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. When she arrives, she finds that there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. As Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind... Add to Cart
Gods of Jade and Shadow
"Snappy dialog, stellar worldbuilding, lyrical prose, and a slow-burn romance make this a standout." ―Library Journal
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. One day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. In the company of this strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld. Add to Cart
The Strange Way of Dying
"Silvia Moreno-Garcia's stories are sensitive and haunting portraits of worlds where the impossible and the real live side by side. Hers is a rare and wonderful talent." —Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award–winning author
Spanning a variety of genres—fantasy, science fiction, horror—and time periods, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's exceptional debut collection features short stories infused with Mexican folklore yet firmly rooted in a reality that transforms as the fantastic erodes the rational. Perplexing and absorbing, the stories lift the veil of reality to expose the realms of what lies beyond, full of creatures who shed their skin and roam the night, an apocalypse with giant penguins, and tales of a ceiba tree surrounded by human skulls. Add to Cart
"Really, this is one of the best novellas I've seen in 2017." - Locus
Amelia dreams of Mars. The Mars of the movies and the imagination, an endless bastion of opportunities for a colonist with some guts. But she's trapped in Mexico City, enduring the drudgery of an unkind metropolis, working as a rent-a-friend, selling her blood to old folks with money who hope to rejuvenate themselves with it, enacting a fractured love story. And yet there's Mars, at the edge of the silver screen, of life. It awaits her. Add to Cart
Those are some of our favorites from Silvia Moreno-Garcia! Want to see even more? Find all of her books here.