From Silvia Moreno-Garcia, theNew York Timesbestselling author ofMexican Gothic, comesCertain Dark Things, a pulse-pounding neo-noir that reimagines vampire lore.
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. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, is smart, beautiful, and dangerous. Domingo is mesmerized.
Atl needs to quickly escape the city, far from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing 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. As the trail of corpses stretches behind her, local cops and crime bosses both start closing in.
Vampires, humans, cops, and criminals collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive? Or will the city devour them all?
About the author
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia’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, focuses on narco vampires in Mexico City. It was selected as one of NPR’s best books of 2016 and is a finalist for the Locus and Sunburst awards.
Her third novel, The Beautiful Ones, will be out in the fall of 2017.
Silvia’s first collection, This Strange Way of Dying, was a finalist for the Sunburst Award. Her stories have also been collected in Love & Other Poisons.
She has edited several anthologies, including She Walks in Shadows (World Fantasy Award winner, published in the USA as Cthulhu’s Daughters), Sword & Mythos, Fungi, Dead North and Fractured. Silvia is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press. She also co-edits The Jewish Mexican Literary Review with Lavie Tidhar and the horror magazine The Dark with Sean Wallace.
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.”
“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 ...Certain Dark Things packs a wallop.” —Paul Tremblay, author ofA Head Full of Ghosts
“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,New York Times bestselling author
"Silvia Moreno-Garcia pulls zero punches, bares all the fangs, and goes for every throat in the room withCertain Dark Things. And then she walks out without looking back." —Stephen Graham Jones, author ofThe Only Good Indians
“Certain Dark Thingsis a delicious, elegant, gritty vampire noir. Moreno-Garcia has created a world that pulses with life and terror and honesty.” —Daniel José Older,New York Times bestselling author
"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, Hugo Award-winning author ofThe City In the Middle of the Night
"A tense crime plot wrapped in grim, glittering vampire lore and perfectly delivered with Moreno-Garcia’s unflinching prose,Certain Dark Thingsis a bloody neon dream of a book." —Hannah Whitten, author ofFor the Wolf
"A fresh, stunning interpretation of vampire lore ... Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing is unforgettable." —Christina Henry, author ofAlice andThe Ghost Tree
“This is so much more than a vampire story. A lush and haunting supernatural noir, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’sCertain Dark Things is visceral, beautiful, and teeming with originality and complexities. Perfect for those looking for a crime novel with a little more bite than usual.” —Alex Segura, acclaimed author ofStar Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall,Miami Midnight, andBlackout
“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
"Certain Dark Thingsis dark, inimitable, and so very, very cool. Unmissable.” —Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author ofOsama
"Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novel lets us fall in love with many perspectives before she breaks our hearts and puts us back together again." —Fran Wilde, author ofUpdraft
“Certain Dark Things is arguablythe vampire novel for the 21st century.”” —New York Journal of Books
"Confirms that Moreno-Garcia is an author to watch.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“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
"All the characters in this book are as sharply realized as the city in which they live and fight... I love to see compelling new takes on vampires, andCertain Dark Things succeeds beautifully.... Smart, tender and insightful." —NPR.org
"WithCertainDarkThings, 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
"Moreno-Garcia’s characters are vivid and compelling, as is her prose. As a novel, it’s fantastic: honest, wrenching, compassionate, and brutal." —Tor.com
"One hopes that return visits to this urban fantasy world are in the offing." —NewYorkTimes
"This is a new favorite." —Book Riot
“With dark and delicious elegance, Moreno-Garcia delivers a satisfyingly bloody vampire story with a tantalizing twist.” —The Globe and Mail