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Silver Nitrate

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529418071

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A breathtaking blend of Mexican horror movies and dark occultism from the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic.

Montserrat has always been overlooked. She’s a talented sound editor, but she’s left out of the boys’ club running the film industry in ’90s Mexico City. And she’s all but invisible to her best friend Tristán, a charming if faded soap opera star, even though she’s been in love with him since childhood.

‘Gripping and unusual’ – Guardian

Then Tristán discovers his new neighbour is the cult horror director Abel Urueta, and the legendary auteur claims he has a way to change their lives – even if his tales of a Nazi occultist imbuing magic into highly volatile silver nitrate stock sounds like sheer fantasy. The magic film was never finished, which is why, Urueta swears, his career vanished overnight. He is cursed.

Now the director wants Montserrat and Tristán to help him shoot the missing scene and lift the curse . . . but Montserrat soon notices a dark presence following her.

As they work together to unravel the mystery of the film and the obscure occultist who once roamed their city, Montserrat and Tristán might just find out that sorcerers and magic are not only the stuff of movies . . .

“Perfection” – Kiersten White, bestselling author of Hide

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Reviews

Stylish and edgy
NEW YORK TIMES on MEXICAN GOTHIC
A gothic chiller, set in 1950s Mexico, that will clamp you in its icy embrace and linger like a nightmare
DAILY MAIL on MEXICAN GOTHIC
Moreno-Garcia is a magician able to switch genres with ease . . . a superb noir thriller
THE OBSERVER on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing is unforgettable
CHRISTINA HENRY, author of ALICE, on CERTAIN DARK THINGS
Elegant, rich in description and filled with characters that come vividly to life
MUSE’S BOOK JOURNAL on THE BEAUTIFUL ONES
Simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-mending, a wondrous and magical tale
KEVIN HEARNE, New York Times-bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, on GODS OF JADE & SHADOW
A coming-of-age fairy tale of haunting shadows commingled with vibrant life
THE I on GODS OF JADE & SHADOW
A beautiful work that will draw you in and keep you transfixed and reading far too late
GENEVIEVE COGMAN, bestselling author of the Invisible Library series, on GODS OF JADE & SHADOW
Saturated with references and genuine love for genre cinema, with supernatural and cinematic magic seen as often interchangeable
British Science Fiction Association
In between references every horror film fan will appreciate, Moreno-Garcia blends occultism with romance with rich characters and a pitch-perfect emotionally fraught atmosphere
Observer
Whenever I want to read a book I know will be good, I go to Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Her genres are ever changing, her ability to take on a wild story each time is incredible. You never know what she's going to do, but you know it will be a page-turner
Taylor Jenkins Reid, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six
Like its namesake, Silver Nitrate catches fire and doesn't stop burning until the end
The Washington Post
An engaging, inventive story of moviemaking and the occult
Kirkus Reviews
Silvia Moreno-Garcia once again writes herself to the summit of a new genre . . . a haunting story with evocative atmosphere and Moreno-Garcia's usual attention to detail and strong characters
Grimdark Magazine
A popcorn thrill ride into the underbelly of 1990s Mexican horror movies and occultism. Moreno-Garcia crafts a world so rich with details and history that you won't be able to look away
Dana Schwartz, author of Anatomy: A Love Story
Perfection. No one punctures the skin of reality to reveal the lurking, sinister magic beneath better than Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Kiersten White, author of Hide
True to her method, [Moreno-Garcia] succeeds here by knowing when to follow the rules of genre storytelling and when to turn them upside down
Los Angeles Times
Wows you with its eerie atmosphere and deft blend of historical fiction, horror and black magic
The New York Times Book Review
Moreno-Garcia makes darkness shine
NPR
Another instant classic from one of our best genre authors
Paste
Silvia Moreno-Garcia proves, once again, that she is one of the most talented writers publishing today
Ms.
Silver Nitrate is a world of its own
Shondaland
[A] gripping and atmospheric thriller that seamlessly blends history and magic
Arlington Magazine
Hip as hell, Silver Nitrate delivers a cinematic and exhilarating punch. Silvia Moreno-Garcia does it again with this creepy and unforgettable occult thriller, teeming with the decadence of old horror movies
Kali Fajardo-Anstine, bestselling author of Woman of Light and Sabrina & Corina
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a treasure and Silver Nitrate is a gem: a chilling roller coaster of a tale that captures perfectly why we love horror movies, scary books, and things that go bump in the night
Chris Bohjalian, author of The Lioness
You don't just read this book, you live in it - and it will charm you, intrigue you, and scare the daylights out of you
Tim Powers, author of The Anubis Gates
A love letter to Mexico City's film industry and an excellent entry into the popular horror subgenre of occult films
Library Journal
This is a knockout
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a diverse and skilled writer . . . Moreno-Garcia's strengths here are creating a menacing atmosphere and weaving real-life films and movie myths with possibly magical and devilish goings-on. The pacing of the narrative is expertly judged and the revelations perfectly placed. This is a writer with a natural feel for horror tropes and a desire to subvert them when needed. This is also a book that digs deep to create a believable framework for all the supernatural happenings. Exemplary stuff
Big Issue
Weaves together elements of horror, suspense, and historical fiction with a deft hand, resulting in a narrative that's as compulsively readable as it is deeply thought-provoking. Each twist and turn is delivered precisely, building up to a climax that will leave you breathless . . . Moreno-Garcia has expertly woven a darkly enchanting tapestry that blurs the lines between reality and the occult, past and present, and fear and fascination
By the Cover
An embarrassment of riches
Toronto Star
Summons the fear of what's hiding at the edge of your vision, just out of sight in the dark . . . her sentences deliver tidy packages of imagery like motes of light in the darkness, their beauty so great that sometimes you forget - just for a moment -about the things that go bump in the night . . . Moreno-Garcia's prose is enchanting, full of perfect phrases that dot every page
BookPage (starred review)