Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the best-selling author of the novels Mexican GothicGods of Jade and ShadowCertain Dark ThingsUntamed Shore, and the forthcoming noir A Dangerous Eagerness, among other novels. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu’s Daughters).

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music and magic, won a Copper Cylinder Award and was nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things, focused on narco vampires in Mexico City. It was selected as one of NPR’s best books of 2016 and was a finalist for the Locus and Sunburst awards.

Silvia’s short story collection, This Strange Way of Dying, was a finalist for the Sunburst Award. 

As an anthology editor, her works include She Walks in Shadows (World Fantasy Award winner, published in the USA as Cthulhu’s Daughters), Fungi, Dead North and Fractured. Silvia is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press. She co-edited the horror magazine The Dark with Sean Wallace from 2017 to 2020. She’s a columnist for The Washington Post and reviews books for NPR.

She has an MA in Science and Technology Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her thesis can be read online and is titled “Magna Mater: Women and Eugenic Thought in the Work of H.P. Lovecraft.”

Find Silvia on her website, or follow her on Twitter @silviamg.

Bibliography

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    Velvet Was the Night
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  • 2020 Bram Stoker Award Finalist
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    Mexican Gothic
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    Untamed Shore
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  • 2020 Sunburst Award Winner
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    Gods of Jade and Shadow
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    Prime Meridian
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    The Beautiful Ones
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    Certain Dark Things
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    Signal to Noise
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  • Collections
    This Strange Way of Dying
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  • World Fantasy Award Winner

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    She Walks in Shadows
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Reviews

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Velvet Was the Night
"It’s hard to describe how much fun this novel is—Moreno-Garcia, whose Mexican Gothic (2020) gripped readers last year, proves to be just as good at noir as she is at horror. The novel features memorable characters, taut pacing, an intricate plot, and antiheroes you can’t help but root for."

Kirkus, Starred Review

"This is a rich novel with an engrossing plot, distinctive characters, and a pleasing touch of romance. Readers won’t be able to put it down."

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review!

The Return of the Sorceress
Bestseller Moreno-Garcia (Mexican Gothic) packs an impressive plot into limited space in this dark sword-and-sorcery secondary world fantasy.… This well-plotted novella zips along with the darkly fascinating Yalxi at the helm.

Publisher's Weekly

Mexican Gothic
“Its archly intelligent tone and insightful writing make MEXICAN GOTHIC an original escape to an eerie world.”

The New York Times

“The author’s postcolonial spin on the gothic tradition evokes the usual suspects: Daphne du Maurier, Emily Brontë, Mary Shelley, even Anne Radcliffe. Like those authors, Moreno-Garcia works in a tradition in which chills and thrills tap into elemental cultural fears — runaway science, carnal passion. But to these she adds a more politically inflected horror, both ancient and timely: A racist will to power.”

The LA Times

“Moreno-Garcia’s energetic romp through the gothic genre is delightfully bonkers.”

Publishers Weekly

“MEXICAN GOTHIC is a pitch-perfect Gothic novel.”

NPR

“Moreno-Garcia weaves elements of Mexican folklore with themes of decay, sacrifice, and rebirth, casting a dark spell all the way to the visceral and heart-pounding finale.”

Kirkus

"What makes “Mexican Gothic” so fresh is not only its cramped, crawly ambience—comparisons to “Jane Eyre” are not too generous—but also the fact that it’s steeped in a deep colonial history that haunts the narrative."

The New Yorker

"Wonderfully creepy, blending chilling scenes of horror with classic Gothic tropes for a seductive and subversive tale. A book to devour in a few—very thrilling—sittings."

Vanity Fair

"Moreno-Garcia is having a blast playing with the conventions of Gothic literature."

Locus

“A dreamy gothic mystery [that] quickly unfolds into a visceral, almost hallucinogenic nightmare […] [MEXICAN GOTHIC] is a distinctive and cinematic horror novel that is not for the faint of heart.”

Bookpage

“It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America […] MEXICAN GOTHIC gets seriously weird”

The Guardian

"When it comes to the horror, though, Moreno-Garcia gets it absolutely right... it’s enormously fun."

Telegraph

"A gothic chiller, set in 1950s Mexico, that will clamp you in its icy embrace and linger like a nightmare."

Daily Mail

“This book is deliciously true to the gothic form, grotesque without becoming gross, and considered, always, in the way it thinks about power and its characters’ reactions to power.”

Vox

"This heart-thumping thriller-chiller from exciting writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia."

Press Association

"A gripping read and, despite the horror and violence of the story, it’s a strangely beautiful one. This is an impressive chiller-thriller; the writing is steeped in the spirit of the Victorian gothic tale and it’s as well done as any recent homage."

Crime Time

"Immersive and suspenseful, Mexican Gothic is up there with this year’s best ."

Culturefly

"With peculiar characters, a family curse and enough suspense to hold the reader's attention, it is the perfect summer read’."

The Lady

"This pitch-perfect Gothic tale is a delicious, delicious delight."

Heat

"A fitting example of a new American Gothic novel, as Moreno-Garcia re-imagines this classic genre. You'll certainly find yourself caught between gasps of horror as you start to unravel this mysterious story, just remember to leave the light on as you sit down for a good read."

Starburst

“In Noemí Taboada, Moreno-Garcia has gifted us one of the most endearing and forceful heroines of recent horror fiction. A masterpiece of modern gothic storytelling, complete with a captivating storyline driven by a strong cast and brooding atmosphere, MEXICAN GOTHIC deserves all the plaudits it has received, and then some.”

This is Horror

“MEXICAN GOTHIC terrified and fascinated me. Silvia Moreno-Garcia proves once again that she’s a genre-jumping wizard, one of the most exciting and necessary authors writing today.”

Charlie Jane Anders, nationally bestselling author of The City in the Middle of the Night

“Darkly brilliant and captivating. Readers who love old houses and family secrets will devour this book (as I did!). The setting itself—High Place, with its reputation for devouring the dreams of young women—is a character in this marvelously fantastical novel. From 1950s glamorous Mexican high society, to the crumbling pride of an abandoned silver mine, Moreno-Garcia enthralls with this twisty tale of love and betrayal.”

Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride

“A gorgeous piece of work [...] absolutely terrifying, and it has stayed with me in a powerful way.”

Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of Magic for Liars

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia takes the gothic narrative of a mysterious estate hiding dark secrets and expertly blends it with psychological horror and her personal flare of rich Mexican imagery and culture to create a sultry, beckoning story sure to satisfy. Noemí Tuñon is a firestarter feminist character, and her classy yet clever quip adds just the right element to balance the sinister mysteries of High Place. Between the author, eye-catching premise, and the amazing cover design (wow, Jen Valero), this book will have no problem getting into the hands of readers.”

Cat Chapman, Oxford Exchange

Untamed Shore
“This thriller sets a quiet tone before building slowly and evenly, showing how a meek teenager trapped by circumstance grows into a strong woman who takes control of her future.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

“This insightful look at criminal lifefrom the viewpoint of a sardonic yet lonely soul seems destined for more plaudits.”

Booklist, Starred Review

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia jumps into the Noir genre.”

L.A. Review of Books

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s UNTAMED SHORE is an engrossing book […] astounding in both its maturity and its cynicism.”

Mystery Scene

“[This] compelling crime debut [...] is a small masterpiece and presages well for Moreno-Garcia if she continues on a criminal path.”

Crime Time

“This is a really good slow-burn suspense novel [...] if you like character driven suspense, and are looking for an interesting setting you’ve probably never read before, definitely pick this one up!”

Book Riot

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia continues her streak of amazing novels with UNTAMED SHORE. Her writing [...] sets the stage brilliantly and the reader truly can picture the village in Baja. Once you’re in this book, you’re in it. It’s nearly impossible to put down, even when the reader is mentally screaming at Viridinana to not be naive and just walk away.”

Fangirl Nation

“The Great Gatsby meets Night of the Iguana in this elegantly spare and darkly twisted story of undercurrents, deception, and colliding cultures.”

Hank Phillipi Ryan

“Atmospheric, compelling, and very suspenseful.”

Alison Gaylin

“UNTAMED SHORE is a masterpiece. I loved this book and can't get Viridiana out of my head.”

Amina Akhtar

Gods of Jade and Shadow
“Moreno-Garcia takes her, and the reader, on a whirlwind tour of a 1920s Mexico vivid with jazz, the memories of revolution, and gods, demons, and magic which are both indigenous and foreign-born.”

NPR

“Gods of Jade and Shadows is set in a fantastical 1920s Mexico. Casiopea Tun lives with her overbearing grandfather and her odious cousin, Martín. Since this is a fairy-tale, she lives a suitably Cinderella-ish existence, cleaning her cousin’s shoes, washing floors and atoning for her mother’s decision to marry into a lower class. Casiopea is a memorable heroine with “a knack for quiet insurrection”. One day she accidentally awakens a Mayan god of death, the urbane and gorgeous Hun-Kamé, Lord of Shadows. Cassiopea accompanies the god through the delights and colours of jazz age Mexico in a quest to help him to recover his throne from his treacherous brother. This is all a bit whimsical for my tastes, but Silvia Moreno-Garcia writes with verve and the Mayan mythology she draws on is fascinating.”

The Times

“Readers will gladly immerse themselves in Moreno-Garcia’s rich and complex tale of desperate hopes and complicated relationships.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Snappy dialog, stellar worldbuilding, lyrical prose, and a slow-burn romance make this a standout.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

“The magic that Silvia Moreno-Garcia weaves in her 1920s-set historical fantasy, GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW, immerses the reader in a fairy tale like no other [...] Readers will be floored by Moreno-Garcia’s painstaking attention to detail. Her descriptions of the emotionally charged interactions between realistic human characters and otherworldly gods, witches and demonic forces are unforgettable, as are as the fairy-tale and folktale aspects of the plot.”

BookPage, Starred Review

“GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW is a magical fairy tale about identity, freedom, and love, and it’s like nothing you’ve read before.”

Bustle

“[GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW] is a moving description of a young girl’s coming of age and a seamless fusion of the real and the magical.”

The Guardian

“Although pre-Columbian mythology and magic and the Roaring Twenties may seem like a strange combination, in Moreno-Garcia’s hands they comprise an enchanting cocktail, just as Casiopea’s unsentimental view on her story is the perfect counterpart to its fantastic and at times hair-raising events. Raise a glass, and keep more like this coming.”

Strange Horizons

“Moreno-Garcia has a talent for taking Mexican folklore, customs, and mythology, twisting them around, and turning out fascinating stories immersed in different genre tropes […] Fans of lush, evocative language will be thoroughly delighted.”

Booklist

“The balance between Mayan mythology and historical fantasy is handled with impressive assurance and disarming good humor.”

Locus

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest is striking.”

SFX Magazine

“GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW is a page-turner that immerses you in a forgotten culture and it is a coming-of-age story about finding what you really want in the most unlikely of circumstances.”

The Nerd Daily

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia uses beautifully descriptive prose to take us on a tour of 1920s Mexico.”

Fantasy Literature

“This magical story blends Mexican history and mythology into a fantastic adventure. The lush world Moreno-Garcia has built will carry readers away on a feminist coming of age journey with Casiopea, a heroine for our time.”

Ms. Magazine

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia beautifully weaves the glamour and possibility of the Jazz Age with Mexican folklore, crafting a lush, enthralling coming of age fairytale. Full of wonder and symbolism, it delves into the power of myths and stories, the choices that make a hero, and what it means to actually live. The relationship between Casiopea and Hun-Kamé develops tenderly and quietly, built on courage and wistful dreams. This is a hopeful and bittersweet tale, with a whip-smart, practical protagonist, and will appeal to fans of S.A. Chakraborty, Naomi Novik, and Katherine Arden.”

The Skinny

“Casiopea Tun leads a constrained lives in 1920s Mexico until, in an act of rebellion, she opens a casket belonging to her grandfather and unleashes the Mayan death god who insists she help him regain his throne. Based on folklore, this is a coming-of-age fairytale of haunting shadows co-mingled with vibrant life.”

The i

“GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW is a page-turner that immerses you in a forgotten culture and it is a coming-of-age story about finding what you really want in the most unlikely of circumstances.”

The Nerd Daily

“[GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW is] full of energy, vibrancy and Mayan culture.”

Umut Reviews

“This is an extremely impressive tale that immerses me in an epic quest and journey of discovery for two very different yet both powerful people who need the other to find themselves.”

Runalong the Shelves

“Moreno-Garcia has a way with words.”

A Dance With Books

“I recommend Gods of Jade and Shadow to fantasy/mythology fans looking for something a little different.”

Nicki J. Markus

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s prose is like the best kind of fairytale–dark, enchanting, and makes you wish that you could live within its pages. Casiopea’s journey belongs on every bookshelf.”

Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of Labyrinth Lost

“Pushed down by her grandfather and cousin all her life, stubborn Casiopea is surprised to find herself a hero when she accidentally frees the Mayan God of Death from imprisonment. Inextricably tied together, Casiopea must assist him as he regains his strength to battle his treacherous brother for the Underworld. What neither of them realize is the simple power that humanity holds in his world of glittering and ravenous shadows. I absolutely loved this gorgeous and original historical fantasy, a great comp to Katherine Arden’s Winternight series or Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.”

Sami Thompson, Square Books

“Simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-mending, GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW is a wondrous and magical tale about choosing our own path. I felt weepy and happy and hopeful when I finished—everything you want to feel at the end of a great story.”

Kevin Hearne, The New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, the Seven Kennings trilogy, and the Tales of Pell with Delilah S. Dawson

“Set in a lushly rendered and gorgeous world, this is historical fantasy at its best: a fresh, feminist coming-of-age tale that lets the ancient and the new meld and clash in a tale you can’t put down.”

S.A. Chakraborty, Bestselling author of the award-nominated The City of Brass

“A lust, bittersweet tale of courage, lover and carving your own place in the world […] Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s evocative prose will take you on an adventure for the mind and the heart.”

Christina Henry, Author of the national bestselling Black Wings series

“A vibrant story of grit, giddiness, and glory with a protagonist whose personality burns bright as a star. Casiopea Tun will capture your heart and draw you into a jewel-toned world of myth-making and jazz music.”

Lara Elena Donnelly, Nebula/Lambda-nominated author of The Amberlough Dossier

“A beautiful work that will draw you in and keep you transfixed and reading far too late. It blends the “real” and the mythic seamlessly, and the clear-sighted heroine is a joy to read about. It’s the sort of book that will leave you with beautiful after-images for weeks to follow, and going back to re-read favourite sections.”

Genevieve Cogman, author of the Invisible Library series

“An elegant and immersive tale, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW opened my eyes to the Mayan Underworld and took me on an adventure with a strong-willed, practical heroine and a prickly fallen god that I never wanted to end. It feels like a modern classic, and is absolutely unforgettable.”

Kendare Blake, #1 NYT Bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

“For lovers of mythology, this is a real treat. I was not familiar with Mesoamerican myths so this was very exciting for me – a new voyage to a land of dreams and possibilities. When Casiopea opens an old trunk in her grandfather’s room, she allows the Mayan God of Death to escape (think Pandora’s box) and her previously boring life takes on a new purpose as she is sent out to help him regain his former status. Her journey takes her away from the quiet town of her birth and into the jungles of the Yucatán peninsula, into the raging crowds and bright lights of Mexico City, and as far away as the “underworld.” It’s the Roaring 20’s and things are hopping. I loved this reverent fairy tale.”

Linda Bond, of Auntie’s (Spokane, Washington)

“Cassiopeia has had a difficult life, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. The story begins with a girl who dreams of a brighter future and quickly finds herself at the mercy of ancient gods. Laced with ancient Mayan myths, demons, ghosts, sorcerers and witches, this tale takes us from the Yucatan, through the depths of Xibalba–the kingdom of the lords of death–and back to Mexico where the hearts of readers are certain to break. With beautiful use of language, fantastic world-building, and a classic underdog story woven throughout, this book is a winner for me.”

Sophie Giroir, of Cavalier House Books (Denham Springs, Louisiana)

Prime Meridian
“I’d also give the highest recommendation to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novella, PRIME MERIDIAN, a subtle and powerful tale of Mars, movies, and Mexico City which stands amongst the best novellas of the past few years.”

Locus

“[PRIME MERIDIAN] ekes out its own unique space as an elegant novella that deserves to be recognized as more than a genre expression.”

Achilles, Powder & Lead

“PRIME MERIDIAN is a haunting novella that swept me away with its dream of Mars.”

The Illustrated Page

"PRIME MERIDIAN by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a beautifully low-key novella set in the near-future where a young woman struggles in the gig economy and dreams of moving to Mars."

SFX

“Although this functions as a standalone, there’s more than enough room for a sequel. I hope to encounter Amelia again in some future work by Moreno-Garcia.”

James Nicoll Reviews

“It’s wrenching in a way that has nothing to do with big worldwide events or apocalyptic calamities. It’s just about people, and the hope of getting out.”

Breathes Books

“I enjoyed this book [...] The sci-fi aspect was more of a subtle theme than a major plot point and I really liked that. It focused on real circumstances faced by those who aren’t privileged to be living luxuriously.”

Self-Written Exposé

“Melancholy and wise. I strongly recommend it.”

Indrapramit Das, award-winning author of The Devourers

“I would love to read a sequel to this thought-provoking story as I find myself wondering about the character and what happens next. Recommended for fans of literary fiction.”

S.J. Higbee, author of Running Out of Space

The Beautiful Ones
“This is the third novel I read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I loved all of them in different ways: each in a different genre by a chameleon writer with incredible writing skills.”

Kirkus

“Moreno-Garcia fills her fantastic novel of manners with sumptuous language and plausible romantic complications in a setting that appears to be based on 19th-century France and is lightly garnished with minor magic […] Readers who enjoyed Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories magical Regency series will be particularly enthralled by the genuine emotions evoked in the course of the unsustainable love triangle.”

Publishers Weekly

“The telekinesis […] adds a fantastical spin to a story that would otherwise be a great fit for fans of the 18th-century French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Valerie is an especially compelling character to watch […] [Moreno-Garcia] returns with a novel that is light on fantasy but overflowing with delicious melodrama.”

Library Journal

“THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is a hauntingly lovely book, romantic and crushing by turns, touched with magic on every level. Garcia-Moreno has crafted an utterly convincing world, populated with characters both wonderful and terrible — often with the same character.”

Vancouver Sun

“THE BEAUTIFUL ONES demonstrates Moreno-Garcia’s smart and colorful writing, with descriptions both sensory and sumptuous, and characters you will root for, even in their worst moments.”

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

“The true strength of the novel of course lies in its characters and its depiction of an era when wealth and its correct show is all that matters […] It’s a slow-burn, stately novel about the magic of what it means to love, and love truly.”

TOR.com

“[T]he whole book is a magnificent tangle of unspoken words and feelings. Nothing is tepid; everything, even the absence of feelings, is charged with danger and heartache.”

Strange Horizons

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is an elegantly paced novel that moves its characters into place with ease, with careful attention paid to ways a word or a moment can change an entire life.”

BookPage

“If you’ve ever thought that what Dangerous Liaisons really needed was more Force Adepts, this may very well be the book you’ve been waiting for.”

James Nicoll Reviews

“A lot of times, when you read a novel, there’s always a few flaws – character traits or incidents that just don’t make sense. THE BEAUTIFUL ONES had none of these. There wasn’t a single part of the book that made me pause; I read straight through with an insane amount of love and excitement for what I was reading.”

bookbindngs

“THE BEAUTIFUL ONES completely won me over. If you love mannered, suspenseful, lushly written historical romances, pick this up.”

Fantasy Literature

“Filled with gothic overtones and lush, vivid characters this is a story that captures the heart and imagination.”

Heroes and Heartbreakers

“THE BEAUTIFUL ONES by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia lives up to its title – it’s beautifully written, both in the sentences themselves and the images they create [...] [R]eaders who enjoy light speculative elements, historical fantasy, romance, and beau­tiful prose will find a trove. Straddling several genres with elegant intelligence, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is both an easy read and a fulfilling one.”

Locus

"Moreno-Garcia’s masterful writing elevated this trope and made reading The Beautiful Ones an emotional, meaningful experience."

Your Tita Kate

"The Beautiful Ones is a beautiful gothic tale full of wonder and feels absolutely real. The characters are vividly complicated. I seriously loved everything about this from the gorgeous, lush prose, to the tiny intimate moments of heartbreak."

Mary Robinette Kowal

“Truly one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a long time. This sweeping tale of love lost and found is told with old-world elegance, grace and just the right touch of magic.”

M.J. Rose, The New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Language of Stones

Certain Dark Things
“Beautifully and powerfully reinvigorates one of the seminal horror fiction monsters in some truly unexpected and sublime ways. Filled with powerful themes of trust, corruption, vengeance, and bloodlust, this novel is by turns sensual and grim, introspective and disturbing, suspenseful and moving, and all told in the sleek and lyrical prose for which Moreno-Garcia is deservedly acclaimed. CERTAIN DARK THINGS is arguably THE vampire novel for the 21st century.”

New York Journal of Books

“Darkly ironic worldbuilding is the real treat of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s CERTAIN DARK THINGS, which posits that vampires are a species that coexists with humans, most recently amid the human underworld.”

The New York Times Book Review

“One of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s great achievements in CERTAIN DARK THINGS is her representation of Mexico City as a real place, a city with history, districts, subways, with beauty and ugliness, with problems […] The whole is a beautifully balanced portrait of imperfect people making terrible choices and gritting their teeth magnificently through the consequences.”

NPR

“The Mexican setting is a huge part of the allure of this new novel from Moreno-Garcia, as are the fascinating varieties of vampires she sets forth.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

"Vampire fiction fans will sink their teeth into this."

Libary Journal, 2nd Review

“A bittersweet, satisfying ending confirms that Moreno-Garcia is an author to watch.”

Publishers Weekly

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS is a gorgeously (dark) emotionally gripping thriller. Moreno-Garcia’s characters are vivid and compelling, as is her prose. As a novel, it’s fantastic: honest, wrenching, compassionate, and brutal. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

TOR.com

“With CERTAIN DARK THINGS, Silvia Moreno-Garcia demonstrates that there is always more to be done with familiar figures such as the vampire, and that in the hands of a talented writer, the creatures can rise to new (un)life.”

Locus

“This is a vampire story unlike any you’ve ever read, beginning with its setting: modern-day Mexico City, where a scrappy kid named Domingo spends his days searching through the city’s trash [...] Vampire gangsters, a messy romance, and distinctive Mexican flavor, in the skilled hands of the author of Signal to Noise, one of our favorite books of 2015? You simply cannot go wrong.”

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the one to watch.”

Book Riot

“This novel is a must if you love vampire novels. Especially vampire noir novels.”

Book Riot

“Action-packed, endlessly fascinating and thorough in its world building, it won’t be easy for readers to not devour what is hopefully the first of many books in this enthralling version of a Mexico teeming with wonderfully realized predators.”

RT Book Reviews

“With dark and delicious elegance, Moreno-Garcia delivers a satisfyingly bloody vampire story with a tantalizing twist – Aztec mythology – and a romance that warms the heart even as it causes it to pound a little faster out of sheer terror […] Not since my days of reading Anne Rice has a vampire story so wholly delivered such a head-spinning plot combined with true substance of character.”

The Globe and Mail

“A hard-edged, emotionally mature, occasionally heartbreaking example of contemporary fantasy at its finest.”

Vancouver Sun

“This fast-paced horror tale presents a new, alternate world of vampire-human rivalry and will appeal to those who enjoy rooting for unlikely heroes.”

Booklist

“Moreno-Garcia weaves together Aztec mythology into her vampire lore, and situates the clans in the drug world of Mexico. There’s a cast of sympathetic and layered characters, and the writing is equally effortless even when describing gory action scenes and contemplative moments considering moral dilemmas. This is a new favorite.”

Book Riot

“If you’re looking for a rather romantic read that still manages to crush about every trope from vampire romances, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for blood and death and awesome genetically modified dobermans, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a nuanced examination of hunger and longing, corruption and hope, this is the book for you. Go read it.”

Nerds of a Feather

“If you enjoy these darker vampire stories, I’d definitely recommend picking this up.”

That Wild Soul

“If you haven’t read any of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work yet then I don’t quite know what you’re doing with your life, she’s a fantastically fresh voice in the world of speculative fiction and CERTAIN DARK THINGS is proof of her creativity.”

The Moor Maiden

“This one earned a spot on my favorites shelf, and I’m sure to read it again multiple times in the future.”

Here’s to Happy Endings

“A unique urban fantasy that’s brimming with folklore, legend, and the magic of Mexico City, this will not disappoint. […] It’s tight, well-executed storytelling.”

Stacked Books

“It is in those moments, when blood lust and corporeal lust commingle and hang like perfume, that CERTAIN DARK THINGS is at its most frightening.”

Paste Magazine

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS is fantastic; it’s a calculated tale accompanied by charming morally gray characters. You need to pick up this book, you won’t be disappointed.”

Hollywood News Source

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS gives us a reason to love vampire novels again. It’s something new, with a fresh perspective I’ve not seen before. It’s a slick, smart, bloody novel with characters that are all too human–even when they’re not. “Stylish, bloody, dark and HARD, not a sparkle in sight, I read this book quick.”

Pop Culture Beast

“Silva Moreno-Garcia did something impossible in my world [...] she made me like, (nay…love) a vampire novel. Stylish, bloody, dark and HARD, not a sparkle in sight [...] This tale is smart, fast paced and while in my opinion, skirts young adult territory (mostly from a character prospective) it is a awesome October read. A great world and probably did more to make me interested in vampires than anything else did in media in a while.”

Shelf Inflicted

“This is an elegant, modern, dark take on classic vampire lore […] it’s the vampire tale I did not know I was waiting for.”

Book Smugglers

“There is solid building of the different types of vampires. You can actually see how the city looks by her descriptions.”

Latina Book Club

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s CERTAIN DARK THINGS is the book I wish had been my introduction to vampires in literature back when I was a kid.”

Strange Horizons

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia offers a whole new world to discover in CERTAIN DARK THINGS, a novel that offers rock solid world-building and compelling characters that are guaranteed to charm you and open your eyes.”

The BiblioSanctum

“This is completely Moreno-Garcia’s world, her characters, and a very well-told story. […] If you think nothing new can be done with vampires, then I suggest you read CERTAIN DARK THINGS.”

Fantasy Literature

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS is an excellent example of what a vampire novel can be. The characters are strong, the writing is fast-paced, and it paints a vision of a world we have not seen before.”

Monster Librarian

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia weaves together a great story centered around vampiric gang politics with a dash of history all the while integrating Mexican folklore and other cultures in this up-tempo and fast-paced read. If you’re looking for a refreshing and new spin on the vampire lore I highly recommend CERTAIN DARK THINGS.”

Creatyve Books

"A fresh, stunning interpretation of vampire lore...Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing is unforgettable."

Christina Henry, author of Alice and the Ghost Tree

"One of my favorite books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and one of my all-time favorite horror books...Certain Dark Things will make you think about vampires in a whole new way."

Charlie Jane Anders

“With its vibrant prose and stellar world building, CERTAIN DARK THINGS is one of the best books I’ve read in years.”

V.E. Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic

“Not since Anne Rice’s seminal Interview with the Vampire has the vampire story been so radically reimagined. Silvia Moreno-Garcia reinvents it for the 21st century in this high-concept, explosive tale of narco-vampires in Mexico City and just when you thought it was safe to step out of the coffin. CERTAIN DARK THINGS is dark, inimitable, and so very, very cool. Unmissable.”

Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award Winning Author of Osama

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s gritty novel is steeped in the history of Mexico City and vampire lore and yet manages to deftly re-invent the bloodsucker. The wonderfully complex Atl and her 21st Century Renfield, Domingo, are revelations.CERTAIN DARK THINGS packs a wallop.”

Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts

“If The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo met (and devoured) Interview with a Vampire to the twined rhythms of Octavio Paz, Bram Stoker, and Ozomatli, you might come close to the layers and textures of CERTAIN DARK THINGS. Set in a beautifully and heartbreakingly rendered Mexico caught up in Narco-Vampire wars, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novel lets us fall in love with many perspectives before she breaks our hearts and puts us back together again. I cannot wait for the movie.”

Fran Wilde, author of Updraft

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia carves out the heart of Mexico City, and then eats it, in this riveting noir-punk reinvention of vampire lore. CERTAIN DARK THINGS is exquisitely vicious and brutally beautiful.”

Ann Aguirre, The New York Times bestselling author

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS is a delicious, elegant, gritty vampire noir. Moreno-Garcia has created a world that pulses with life and terror and honesty.”

Daniel José Older, author of the Bone Street Rumba series and Shadowshaper

"A fresh, stunning interpretation of vampire lore.... Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing is unforgettable."

Christina Henry, author of The Ghost Tree

"A lush and haunting supernatural noir, CERTAIN DARK THINGS is visceral, beautiful, and teeming with originality and complexities."

Alex Segura, author of the Pete Fernandez series

Signal to Noise
“Moreno-Garcia employs her back-and-forth structure beautifully, building suspense and emotional resonance between the two parallel storylines. Her main strength, though, is in the voices she gives her characters […] SIGNAL TO NOISE feels uncluttered and understated […] funny, touching, and engaging […] In a poignant, graceful coda, Moreno-Garcia brings the book full circle.”

NPR

“The magic in SIGNAL TO NOISE may be short on spectacle, but it runs deep in what it tells us about pain and alienation. The astute use of music practically gives the novel its own soundtrack — and helps make this one of the outstanding debut fantasy novels this year.”

Chicago Tribune

“Meche jumps off the page; by turns rebellious, precocious and vulnerable, she wields her magical ability for good and bad — and Moreno-Garcia brilliantly details the consequences of such power in the hands of an unruly teenager […] Haunting and beautifully nuanced, SIGNAL TO NOISE is a magical first novel.”

The Guardian

“The book is this rich, elaborate symphony of awesome that defies simple definitions […] It is incredible how Moreno-Garcia builds this seamless whole […] Meche is a complicated and complex character and to see her arc from teenager to adult was utterly gratifying […] It’s a little bit funny how some books grow on you the more you think about them. SIGNAL TO NOISE, with its intricacies and complicated people, is one of them […] This book destroyed me into little pieces and then the last page put it all back together in the best possible way. I know it’s very early in the year but I can already tell this is one of the Notable Reads of 2015.”

Kirkus

“[A] sweet debut […] This accurate depiction of outcast teenage life cycles effortlessly between eras. Meche, Sebastian, and Daniela are deeply believable characters, and numerous ’80s musical references make this unusual story a welcome blast from the past.”

Publishers Weekly

“Moreno-Garcia uses the trope such an ingratiating way, and with such intriguingly conflicted characters that it seems vibrantly new […] [SIGNAL TO NOISE] is one of the most important fantasy debuts of the year so far.”

Locus

“It’s a vivid, poignant, understated take on urban fantasy, and the setting teems with texture and life. But it’s also a family drama, one whose tragic overtones are heightened by the supernatural elements in play throughout the story. It’s one of my favorite novels of the year, and one that doesn’t necessarily take a genre geek like myself to appreciate.”

The A.V. Club

“SIGNAL TO NOISE is a perfect young adult crossover novel, full of appeal, diverse characters, setting, wonderful writing–and magic […] The author does a wonderful job of pacing the revelations through the narratives. She creates suspense around the fates of her character’s relationships, which propels readers through the book.”

School Library Journal

“This fast-paced horror tale presents a new, alternate world of vampire-human rivalry and will appeal to those who enjoy rooting for unlikely heroes.”

Booklist

“Beautiful, descriptive language and authentic character banter are bith essential parts of Moreno-Garcia’s lyrical storytelling. Set in Mexico City and switching back and forth between the late 1980s and 2009, SIGNAL TO NOISE is a captivating story that is a wonderful blend of music, magic, friendship and love. Meche is a strong and complex protagonist who moves the story along at a steady pace. Refreshing, lively and unique, Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel is a triumph.”

RT Book Reviews

“This charming literary fantasy [...] will resonate for readers of all ages. After all, we were all once teenagers, and can remember a time when we discovered that one band that seemed to be speaking directly to us, transmitting a message so powerful it felt like it could change the world.”

B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a delight; she explores all the insecurities and difficulties of a teenaged life […] Moreno-Garcia’s writing is enchanting and engaging. Despite their flaws, it’s difficult not to see a little of yourself in the prose, and this makes the problems the characters face all the more heart aching. If you like well drawn characters, cool tunes, and lashing and lashings of nostalgia, then you should check this out.”

Starburst Magazine

“SIGNAL TO NOISE builds to a powerful ending, in both the 1989 and 2009 segments, that I hadn’t seen coming. It’s the sort of ending that makes you glad you stuck around, and it will leave you with a new awareness that books, like records, have the power to make all sorts of things possible.”

io9.com

“I read Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, early in 2015 and it became my yardstick for every read after. I love music, even if I can’t play an instrument or sing to save my life, and so reading a coming-of-age story where magic lurks in old records really spoke to me. Set in Mexico City and told in two times, 1988 and 2009, Signal to Noise is a delight from start to finish.

Shelf Talk

“This book tows that wonderful line between nerdy and hip, balancing good music, cool magic, and fumbling teenagers.”

Vice

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia perfectly captures a realistic teenage voice, which includes all of the optimism and confusion and annoying traits that all teenagers have. Music is also heavily but well integrated into the storyline, which I absolutely adore. This little indie release deserves all the attention.”

BookRiot

“Signal to Noise is an indie book by a debut novelist, so it was bound to be missed by many, but that would be a mistake to anyone who passed this book by [...] If you want a book that will have you feeling feels, this book is for you!”

BookRiot

“Charming [...] Meche’s ability to cast spells using songs makes this fascinating read as much a meditation on the incredible power of music as it is an exploration of why some friendships disintegrate, and whether they can be put back together again.”

Buzzfeed

“Meche is a vividly drawn character: abrasive, passionate, and damaged, with a voice like “caramel-coated razors” (one of several great turns of phrase) […] Suffused with the music – English-language and Spanis, pop and punk – that Meche and friends use to make their magic and soundtrack their lives, this is both a spiky coming-of-age tale and a charmingly sweet romance of making amends and starting again.

SFX Magazine

“SIGNAL TO NOISE is refreshing, innovative and really poignant as it delves into the magic of important music and friendships.”

RT Book Reviews

“Exceptional [...] A tale of fathers, daughters, and music set in Mexico City in 1988 and 2009. I loved Meche and her friends, and anything to do with music resonates with me. I can’t wait for her next book.”

Locus (Jonathan Strahan)

“The portrait of Mexico City in SIGNAL TO NOISE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is so much the better for being written by someone with intimate knowledge of that city. The book is a great piece of urban fantasy too.”

Locus (Cheryl Morgan)

“Moreno-Garcia is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to reading her next novel.”

Tor.com

“The power of music and its effect on people is at the heart of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’ SIGNAL TO NOISE […] I found SIGNAL TO NOISE immensely enjoyable. It made me vividly remember being a weird, alienated, angry teenager. Like a mixtape from a new friend, it introduced me to bands I’d never heard of. It reminded me of the songs that got me through crappy days, when musicians performed their everyday magic on my life.”

Strange Horizons

“One that took me completely by surprise and wrung me out so it could collect all of my emotions in a little tin bucket. This is my favourite book of 2015.”

The Moor Maiden

“An engaging story about magic and the power of music, set in a vividly realised Mexico City [...] Moreno-Garcia is particularly adept at capturing the feel of life as a teenager. Her characterisations of Meche, Sebastian and Daniela feel believable and honest, without being clouded by nostalgia. 10/10”

Fantasy Faction

“This is one of those books that stays with you long after you finish it. It’s poignant story that you don’t want to finish and one that will have you thinking about it for a long while after completion [...] Music, magic, family problems, love, and magic — how can you not love a novel that deals in these?”

Best Fantasy Books

“A stunning exposé of the rich and magical complexities of life, SIGNAL TO NOISE is the best debut of the year.”

The Monitor

“The novel is filled with wishes and regret, and magic, and the words feel like the heavy breeze before rain […] SIGNAL TO NOISE is a strong first effort by Moreno-Garcia and by stepping into the lives of these people I get a sense of great things from her in the future. She has a concise, understated writing style I found a pleasure to read.”

The Vauxhall Advance

“[Moreno-Garcia is] a writer with evident gusto for complex storytelling.”

Quill & Quire

“[Moreno-Garcia has] built an impressive body of work that’s distinguished by political mindedness, as well as refreshing takes on a range of calcified genres and conventions […][she] has demonstrated it in her story collections, both of which showcase her unique approach to everything from vampires to steampunk–often with healthy doses of Mexican folklore, reflecting a homesickness for the country she was born and raised.”

Highbeam Business

“The author captures perfectly our ability, as children, to see the wonder and beauty in life, even when it seems elusive, and she does this with magic, friendship, and of course, love. SIGNAL TO NOISE is an utterly gorgeous book, and will make you want to get out your old turntable and records and give them a spin or two (or three.) Don’t miss out on this one.”

My Bookish Ways

“I hope others will give SIGNAL TO NOISE a chance. It is a novel which doesn’t set out to shake the world but rather to present something that is personal and thoughtful; emotional but sometimes guarded. In this, it is much like the box of mixtapes I’ll always keep.”

Nostalgia for Infinity

“SIGNAL TO NOISE combines magical realism with the kind of love for music that inspired so many people of my generation to spend hours with a record player and a tape deck […] a reading experience full of cultural references that are often sorely missing from the genre […] SIGNAL TO NOISE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a unique and very welcome entry in the fantasy genre […] I’d love to see more novels like SIGNAL TO NOISE.”

Fantasy Literature

“A captivating story about friendship, music and magic […] The story has a quite classic double temporal setting that is neatly developed and very clearly managed […] SIGNAL TO NOISE is not only an interesting story, it also works perfectly as a time machine. As happens when you listen to an old song, you’re thrown back to your own youth, to your own friends and family.”

Future Fire

“This book is about mood, about adolescence and adulthood, about growing up and accepting loss and a whole lot of other things. It’s solid and intense and I could probably write like five different critical essays about it. But for now I will only strongly recommend it. SIGNAL TO NOISE is an amazing read.”

Nerds of a Feather

“This charming literary fantasy will resonate for readers of all ages. After all, we were all once teenagers, and can remember a time when we discovered that one band that seemed to be speaking directly to us, transmitting a message so powerful it felt like it could change the world.”

B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“This book is a beautifully-written love letter to the power of music […] [it is] quiet but emotionally powerful literary fantasy […] SIGNAL TO NOISE is an original, unique, and compelling debut novel and a wonderful introduction to the work of Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I look forward to reading many more of her novels in the future.”

Urban Fantasy Magazine

“For me, there wasn’t one note, scene, or music selection out of key […] Meche is worthy of such celebration for me mainly because she is uncomfortably realistic in both her guarded emotions and her simmering rage at the world around her.”

Luna Station Quarterly

“Moreno-Garcia uses alternating chapters set in 1988 and 2009 to slowly unspool Meche’s story with the careful plotting of a master storyteller […] [Moreno-Garcia] gives us a wonderful ending, one that is cinematic in its fulfillment, but sad and lovely at the same time.”

The Spec Fiction Hub

“SIGNAL TO NOISE is a great debut that uses music and magic to bring something a little different to the exploration and struggles of teenage years.”

Cwtch Books

“SIGNAL TO NOISE conveys the raw emotions of the teenage years without slipping too far into nostalgia or downplaying the emotional struggles of adulthood. It’s a marvelous balancing act. I can’t wait to see what Moreno-Garcia does next!”

Cafe Nowhere

”I am impressed by this book, immensely so. I am in awe of what it achieved, I can’t help by praise the writing, the depictions and the sheer realness of the characters. It was a deep, powerful book that deserves a high fang rating even if it wasn’t fun or what I was looking for.”

Fangs for the Fantasy

“[This story] drew me in so slowly and seductively that I hardly realized it was happening, until I felt compelled to turn page after page. The real world faded away as the vivid colors of Meche’s, Sebastian’s, and Daniela’s Mexico City surrounded me […] An evocative, powerful, and beautiful tale of magic, dreams, love and hate, betrayal and redemption, this book is heartbreaking and heartwarming, and one of the best I have read so far this year.”

Book Adventures

“A magically manifold Mexican mix tape of a novel — SIGNAL TO NOISE will stay lodged in your brain and haunt you for days afterwards like the best kind of tune.”

Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama

Collections

Anthologies

She Walks in Shadows
“The women (and generally similar beings) represented defy easy categorization. Sometimes they win and sometimes they lose. Sometimes they are recognizable Lovecraftian characters in their own right and sometimes they merely encounter them. Some are monsters and some are victims, though more often, both and/or neither. SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS has garnered itself a well-deserved World Fantasy Award nomination for Best Anthology.”

Princeton University’s Figments

“What I love more than anything about this collection, and which I think blows out of the water that Lovecraftian fiction belongs to a certain niche, is the varied settings, characters and mythical interweaving into such a variety of cultures of this collection.”

SQ Mag

“All of these pieces are well written, and the description contained in these pages is something to be admired. As with their inspiration, this book is a perfect read for when you have a few moments to spend diving into another reality. Lovecraft fans will appreciate the numerous allusions to his work or direct references to events or characters from the tales we already love.”

Horror Fuel

“It is a cornucopia of imaginative force and literary talent, and each of the fictions it contains works, in some way, to simultaneously expand and interrogate the limits of what “Lovecraftian” can mean.”

Postscripts to Darkness

“Several of the stories stuck with me long after I finished reading the anthology, and some may linger in my nightmares for a very long time.”

Mad Scientist Journal

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

Velvet Was the Night
Mexican Gothic
USA

LA Times: "37 Weeks on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List"

USA

In its 13th printing.

USA

#9 New York Times hardcover list (9 weeks on the list)

USA

#14 New York Times combined print and eBook list

USA

Midwest Independent Booksellers Association bestseller

USA

New England Independent Booksellers Association bestseller

USA

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance bestseller

USA

Mountain and Plains Independent Booksellers Association bestseller

USA

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association bestseller

USA

Northern California Independent Booksellers Alliance bestseller

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Southern California Independent Booksellers Alliance bestseller

USA

Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association bestseller

USA

Library Reads: “#1 Book for June 2020”

USA

Random House Book Club: “Spotlight Pick”

USA

Indigo: "October Staff Pick" 7k copies ordered

Netgalley: "#1 Performing Title"

UK

Stylist: "Top App Reads"

UK

The Skinny: "10 Best Books From Lockdown"

UK

Woman's Way: "Summer Reading Round-Up For Historical Fiction Lovers"

UK

i paper: "Summer Reading Round-Up"

Over 200k Sold!

USA

2021 PNBA award: "Winner"

Untamed Shore
Gods of Jade and Shadow
USA

Goodreads Choice Award: 2019 “Best Fantasy Novel”

USA

The Skinny: “Top Realism Books of 2019”

USA

Decentred Lit: Inaugural “Book of the Month”

USA

Big Issue: “Top Five Magical Realism books”

Prime Meridian
The Beautiful Ones
Certain Dark Things
USA

National Latino Book Club: “June 2017 Book of the Month”

Signal to Noise
USA

RT Book Reviews: “Editor’s Best Books of 2015”

USA

RT Reviewers’ Choice Award Nominee: Best Fantasy Novel

USA

2016 Locus Awards Finalist

Canada

2016 Aurora Award Finalist: “Best English Novel”

United Kingdom

British Fantasy Award: “Best Novel”

Collections

This Strange Way of Dying