Silver Nitrate (Hardback)
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Silver Nitrate (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 18/07/2023
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The acclaimed author of Mexican Gothic spins an enticingly chilling story of haunted films and Nazi occultists in 1990s Mexico, as a mysterious auteur recruits a sound editor and her soap opera star friend to lift a curse from an unfinished movie.

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 Tristan, a charming if faded soap opera star, even though she's been in love with him since childhood.

Then Tristan 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 Tristan 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 Tristan might just find out that sorcerers and magic are not only the stuff of movies...

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529418040
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 36 mm


MEDIA 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

Hip as hell, Silver Nitrate delivers a cinematic and exhilarating punch. Silvia Moreno-Garcia does it again with this creepy and unforgettable occultist thriller, teeming with the decadence of old horror movies. It's Mexico City in the nineties, where beepers, cigarettes, and the ghost of an ex-girlfriend come alive as if leaping from the page. I felt cooler just reading it - Kali Fajardo-Anstine, bestselling author of Woman of Light and Sabrina & Corina

Clever, slow-burning horror... Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a master of subtle spooks, and this book packed a punch with its unfolding mystery of hauntings, flammables, and Nazi secret societies. I was afraid to put the book down for fear of leaving the spell unfinished! - Marianne Gordon, author of The Gilded Crown

Gripping and unusual - Guardian

Highly original, insightful, and magical, too, this is one you want on your summer reading list - Glamour

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“Gothic done well”

A gothic take on magic with elements of foreshadowing that I loved!
The unravelling of the main characters lives was well done and believable.
There was physical ill health and trauma representation, which I... More

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“A Chilling and Unapologetically Bisexual”

Silvia Moreno-Garcia cements herself as a modern master of the horror/thriller genre. Silver Nitrate may just be her best book yet.

An original premise that delves into the history of Mexican cinema and Nazi... More

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“delicious, gothic fun”

Silver Nitrate is a molotov cocktail of a novel. Moreno-Garcia gives us occultist Nazis, horror movie magic, bisexual messes and drenches it all in rich Mexican culture.

This is easily my favourite of... More

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