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Silver Nitrate

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18th July 2023

Price: £18.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529418040

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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

NEW YORK TIMES on MEXICAN GOTHIC
Stylish and edgy
DAILY MAIL on MEXICAN GOTHIC
A gothic chiller, set in 1950s Mexico, that will clamp you in its icy embrace and linger like a nightmare
THE OBSERVER on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Moreno-Garcia is a magician able to switch genres with ease . . . a superb noir thriller
CHRISTINA HENRY, author of ALICE, on CERTAIN DARK THINGS
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing is unforgettable
MUSE’S BOOK JOURNAL on THE BEAUTIFUL ONES
Elegant, rich in description and filled with characters that come vividly to life
KEVIN HEARNE, New York Times-bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, on GODS OF JADE & SHADOW
Simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-mending, a wondrous and magical tale
THE I on GODS OF JADE & SHADOW
A coming-of-age fairy tale of haunting shadows commingled with vibrant life
GENEVIEVE COGMAN, bestselling author of the Invisible Library series, on GODS OF JADE & SHADOW
A beautiful work that will draw you in and keep you transfixed and reading far too late
Kali Fajardo-Anstine, bestselling author of Woman of Light and Sabrina & Corina
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
Marianne Gordon, author of The Gilded Crown
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!
Guardian
Gripping and unusual
Glamour
Highly original, insightful, and magical, too, this is one you want on your summer reading list
British Science Fiction Association
Saturated with references and genuine love for genre cinema, with supernatural and cinematic magic seen as often interchangeable
Observer
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
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