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Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Author of Mexican Gothic

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Works by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic (2020) 4,795 copies
Gods of Jade and Shadow (2019) 2,202 copies
Certain Dark Things (2016) 856 copies
Velvet Was the Night (2021) 823 copies
The Beautiful Ones (2017) 714 copies
Silver Nitrate (2023) 510 copies
Signal to Noise (2015) 497 copies
Cthulhu's Daughters: Stories of Lovecraftian Horror (2015) — Editor — 232 copies
Untamed Shore (2020) 214 copies
Prime Meridian (2017) 139 copies
Future Lovecraft (2011) — Editor — 111 copies
The Lover - story (2023) 91 copies
Fungi (2012) — Editor — 79 copies
The Return of the Sorceress (2021) 55 copies
Sword and Mythos (2014) — Editor — 44 copies
Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse (2014) — Editor — 32 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2019 (2019) — Editor — 29 copies
Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction (2013) — Editor — 26 copies
Innsmouth Magazine: Collected Issues 1-4 (2012) — Editor — 22 copies
The Seventh Veil of Salome (2024) 15 copies
Other Lives 6 copies
Innsmouth Magazine: Collected Issues 5-7 (2012) — Editor — 5 copies
Innsmouth Free Press 2 (2009) — Editor — 5 copies
Innsmouth Magazine 3 (2010) — Editor — 3 copies
Innsmouth Free Press 1 (2009) — Editor — 3 copies
Flash Frame 3 copies
The Dark #038: July 2018 (2018) — Editor — 3 copies
Maquech 3 copies
The Dark #042: November 2018 — Editor — 2 copies
Innsmouth Magazine # 4 (2010) — Editor — 2 copies
Innsmouth Magazine # 5 (2010) — Editor — 2 copies
Dreamlands: Two Novellas (2021) 2 copies
Innsmouth Magazine # 7 (2011) — Editor — 2 copies
Innsmouth Magazine 8 (2011) — Editor — 2 copies
Innsmouth Magazine # 9 (2012) — Editor — 2 copies
Innsmouth Magazine: 15 (2014) 2 copies
Innsmouth Magazine: Issue 11 (2012) — Editor — 2 copies
Innsmouth Magazine: 14 (2013) 1 copy
Innsmouth Magazine # 6 (2011) — Editor — 1 copy
Innsmouth Magazine #10 (2012) — Editor — 1 copy
Seeds 1 copy
The Dark #028: September 2017 — Editor — 1 copy
Strange Days 1 copy

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Wuthering Heights (1847) — Introduction, some editions — 52,223 copies
The Book of Cthulhu (2011) — Contributor — 303 copies
New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (2019) — Contributor — 283 copies
Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices (2021) — Contributor — 174 copies
The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu (2016) — Contributor — 158 copies
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (2013) — Contributor — 147 copies
Witches: Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful (2012) — Contributor — 115 copies
Cthulhurotica (2010) — Contributor — 94 copies
The Apex Book of World SF 3 (2014) — Translator, some editions — 88 copies
The Apex Book of World SF 2 (2012) — Contributor — 87 copies
The Best of World SF: Volume 1 (2021) — Contributor — 85 copies
New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird (2015) — Contributor — 80 copies
Expiration Date (2015) — Contributor — 60 copies
The Humanity of Monsters (2015) — Contributor — 50 copies
The Outcast Hours (2019) — Contributor — 44 copies
Tales of Jack the Ripper (2013) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Perfect Crime (2022) — Contributor — 39 copies
Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead (2011) — Contributor — 38 copies
Spirits of Place (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012) — Contributor — 26 copies
Whispers from the Abyss (2013) — Contributor — 26 copies
Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories (2013) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2023 (2023) — Contributor — 25 copies
Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2013) — Contributor — 20 copies
Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2015) — Contributor — 19 copies
Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary (2015) — Contributor — 17 copies
Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction (2014) — Contributor — 17 copies
Dangerous Games (2014) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir (2015) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables (2013) — Contributor — 13 copies
Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe (2013) — Contributor — 13 copies
A Mythos Grimmly (2015) — Contributor — 12 copies
Edge of Sundown: Tales of Horror in the Wild West (2015) — Contributor — 12 copies
Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction (2015) — Contributor — 9 copies
Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages (2013) — Contributor — 7 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 27: March/April 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 7 copies
Nightmare Magazine, November 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 7 copies
Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 (2020) — Contributor — 6 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 101 • October 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 4 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 111 • August 2019 (2019) — Interviewee — 4 copies
Nightmare Magazine, September 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 2 copies

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SILVER NITRATE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia in The Weird Tradition (July 2023)

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Serving-girl and poor relation Casiopea Tun joins a Mayan God of the Dead in a romp across 1920s Mexico. She doesn't have a lot of agency. The god takes her to various demons and witches while questing for his missing body parts, meanwhile buying Casiopea fine frocks and staying in the best hotels. Of course he is a dapper and handsome god who looks good in a suit, and apart from forcing Casiopea along with him (she supports his lifeforce on 'Middleworld') is always polite company. So this fantasy becomes somewhat a 'romantasy'.

Quite an easy read, but a bit lightweight. I didn't get much of an impression of 1920s Mexico. Apart from a mention of Prohibition it could have been any time. Casiopea and the god never had to struggle for money, so they stayed in rich accommodation and travelled first class everywhere, so their surroundings were generally bland, though the author set the scene with various towns and cities they went through.
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Mexican Gothic ♦ Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Review

Mexican Gothic had already fascinated me with the mysterious but beautiful cover. The blurb also impressed me. But what happened next, I wasn’t prepared for. Despite how exciting it seems, this story is lacking depth. The charm, or challenge, depending on how you look at it, of this weird yet engaging story is found in the final third of the narrative.



Mexican Gothic ♦ Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Opinion

Noemí Taboada, a young, wealthy, and wild party girl in the 1950s in Mexico, travels to isolated High Place, a very old estate that has been contaminated with the decay of dead and mold all over the place of the mansion. A strange letter from her ailing cousin, Catalina, in which she is pleading for rescue from High Place and an unidentified oppressor, is the reason for Noemí’s trip.

When Noemí arrives at the spooky place with its creepy residents, very quickly she realizes that something is seriously wrong. She experiences dreams, delusions, and voices Francis Doyle, a weak young man intimidated by his powerful elders is the only Doyle family member, Catalina married into, that Noemí can possibly trust. The story is pretty disgusting when I realized what is happening. As much as I enjoyed the haunting story and the exposure of all the physical horrors and sacrifices, I had to get used to this narrative. This book is for people who like light horror and some creepy stuff. I have no regrets reading this book, but it was definitely not what I expected.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a truly talented writer. Her emotional style of writing quickly captivates her readers. The final third of the book was wonderful despite being weird, whereas the first two thirds were a touch dull and slow-paced. It got off to a great start. I loved the ominous mood and the spooky relatives. Some of them I wanted to slap into reality. The storytelling got somewhat unreliable, that at some point I couldn’t really follow it no more and I got confused quickly. The part of the family patriarch’s old and mysterious secret took an immense toll on my imagination. Everything turned out to be absurd and strange.

Conclusion

⭐⭐⭐/5

Even though it was a peculiar read I’m pleased I read Mexican Gothic because now I finally understand the commotion about it. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a talented writer with a distinctive style of expression, which I already experience in her book The Beautiful Ones. I’ll attempt reading the German edition of this book once more, although my first read left a strange feeling, which I couldn’t shake off yet. Sometimes a translation can carry a complete different feeling.


This review was first published at The Art of Reading.
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RoXXieSiXX | 238 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
Auch die deutsche Übersetzung konnte mich von dem Buch nicht überzeugen. Klar, es war atmosphärisch, teils auch wirklich gruselig. Aber auch sehr, na ja ... anders. Und am Ende blieb es ein wenig verwirrend.
 
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The Beautiful Ones ♦ Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Review

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The Beautiful Ones ♦ Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Opinion

The story of The Beautiful Ones revolves around two telekinetic characters named Hector Auvrey and Nina Beaulieu. Although Nina has spent her entire life in the country, her cousin, Gaétan Beaulieu and his wife, Valérie Beaulieu, bring her to the city, so she can mingle with the socialites also known as The Beautiful Ones. Hector, who also happens to be the wife’s betrayed boyfriend, uses Nina’s quest to learn more about her abilities as a chance to rekindle his relationship with Valérie.

I’m not sure how to express how much I adored this book. In a fascinating unique style, it combines different genre — and it made me fall in love with this mix of historical fantasy romance. Silvia Moreno-Garcia also does a fantastic job of bringing this universe to life. The setting is very intriguing, and I nearly felt as though I was right there with the characters. Which are flawless, as well as her world building.

»The world remained and there was something remarkably comforting about this thought, since heartbreak often invoked images of cataclysms that would devour every speck of ground beneath one’s feet.«

― Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Beautiful Ones, p. 134


There was also the romance between Nina and Hector, and I could feel all those emotions. The age difference did bother me a little, because it was hard to tell Hector’s age. The author never revealed that about him. Therefore, I just hoped both were just a decade apart. Besides that, I adored them to pieces. With all the drama and the second chances, and Hector ultimately learning to live in the here and now and to leave the past behind, it just hit all the perfect notes for me. Even now, pondering that I want to reread should say a lot about this book.

"You are beautiful, Valérie. I don’t think you’ll ever cease to be beautiful, and you’ll continue to drive men crazy with your beauty. But there is no goodness in you, just poison, and a desire to wound", he said without malice, as if he were explaining a difficult arithmetic operation.

― Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Beautiful Ones, p. 219


Valérie’s lack of depth as a villain is probably the only thing I have to criticize. Not that I cared much for this character, but there were occasions when a tiny feeling of pity rose up inside of me for her. But every next move or word of her extinguished this little flame over and over again. Honestly, it’s a very odd situation I hardly find myself in while reading a book. But Valérie’s character gave me mixed emotions of feeling sadly sympathetic with her, but also hating her to the core. There was simply no kindness from her in the midst of everything, which is what I was hoping for. Nevertheless, her character didn’t ruin the book for me. But on the contrary, it gave the whole plot and pace the right spice, which made me cheer for Nina and Hector even more and to see Valérie go down and swallow her own poison.

Conclusion

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Beautiful Ones is basically a passionate, fast-paced romance with the magic of telekinesis peppered throughout. It just works, and I’m not sure how. Just don’t ask. But believe me, when I say: Silvia Moreno-Garcia is that gifted as a writer.



This review was first published at The Art of Reading.
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