Certain Dark Things combines elements of Latin American mythology with a literary voice that leads readers on an exhilarating and fast-paced journey.
Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the creatures of the night at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. Domingo is smitten. He clings to her like a barnacle until Atl relents and decides to let him stick around.
But Atl's problems, Nick and Rodrigo, have come to find her. When they start to raise the body count in the city, it attracts the attention of police officers, local crime bosses, and the vampire community. Atl has to get out before Mexico City is upended, and her with it.
In 2015, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut,Signal to Noise, was named on seven year’s best lists including RT,BookRiot,Buzzfeed, io9, Vice, and Tor.com. Certain Dark Thingswas also listed on io9 as one of 40 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Will Rock Your World In 2016!
SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA is the author of the critically acclaimed novelSignal to Noise and the short story collectionThis Strange Way of Dying, which was a finalist for the Sunburst Award in Canada. She was a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize, and a recipient of the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Award for Best Emerging Writer. She has edited or co-edited seven anthologies, and is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press, a Canadian press that specializes in horror and dark speculative fiction.
Praise forCertain Dark Things:
"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 JosÃ© Older,New York Times bestselling author ofShadowshaperand of the Bone Street Rumba series
"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 Thingsis exquisitely vicious and brutally beautiful." —Ann Aguirre,New York TimesBestselling Author
"IfThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo met (and devoured) Interview with the Vampire to the twined rhythms of Octavio Paz, Bram Stoker, and Ozomatli, you might come close to the layers and textures ofCertain 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, Andre Norton Award-winning author ofUpdraft
“Not since Anne Rice’s seminalInterview 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 Thingsis dark, inimitable, and so very, very cool. Unmissable.” —Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author ofOsama
“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, Bram Stoker award-winning author ofA Head Full of Ghosts
Praise forSignal to Noise:
"One of the outstanding debut fantasy novels this year." —Chicago Tribune
"In a poignant, graceful coda, Moreno-Garcia brings the book full circle, slyly subverting the expectations of a linear narrative and punctuating Meche's story with a hushed, lovely flourish. In many ways,Signal to Noise is a coming-of-age tale, but it's also the tale of what comes after--and what happens when forces beyond our control, magical or otherwise, are better left that way." —NPR
"Refreshing, lively, and unique, Moreno-Garcia's debut novel is a triumph." —RT Book Reviews
"I know it's very early in the year but I can already tell this is one of the Notable Reads of 2015." —Kirkus
"Plenty of books use magic to talk about coming-of-age stories and the secrets that people bury... but few of them are as sad, or as evocative, as Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novelSignal to Noise." —io9
"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." —Publisher's Weekly
"Suffused with the music--English-language and Spanish, pop and punk--that Meche and friends use to make their magic and soundtrack to their lives, this is both a spiky and charmingly sweet romance of making amends and starting again." —SFX Magazine (4 stars)
"Moreno-Garcia has a solid and convincing prose style, robust and subtle in all the right places... a successful debut, and a very interesting book." —Tor.com
"This charming literary fantasy will resonate for readers of all ages." —Barnes&Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog on Signal to Noise
"This little indie release deserves all the attention." —Book Riot onSignal to Noise