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Silver Nitrate

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529418040

Price: £18.99

ON SALE: 18th July 2023

Genre: Fiction & Related Items

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From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and Mexican Gothic comes a fabulous meld of Mexican horror movies and Nazi occultism: a dark thriller about a curse that haunts a legendary lost film – and awakens one woman’s hidden powers.

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.

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, and Tristán begins seeing the ghost of his ex-girlfriend . . .
As they work together to unravel the mystery of the film and the obscure occultist who once roamed their city, Montserrat and Tristan might find out that sorcerers and magic are not only the stuff of movies . . .

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Beautiful, feral, and as sharp as a jaguar's claws
ANNALEE NEWITZ, award-winning author of Autonomous on THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU
A gothic tour-de-force with characters who will keep you glued to the page
KELLY LINK, award-winning author of Get in Trouble, on THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU
Cements Silvia Moreno-Garcia's incredible versatility as an amazing writer who moves between genres effortlessly. Not to be missed!
S.A. COSBY, Anthony Award-winning author of BLACKTOP WASTELAND and RAZORBLADE TEARS, on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
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
Mexican Gothic terrified and fascinated me. Silvia Moreno-Garcia [is] a genre-jumping wizard, one of the most exciting and necessary authors writing today
CHARLIE JANE ANDERS, award-winning author of The City in the Middle of the Night, 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 pulls zero punches, bares all the fangs, and goes for every throat in the room with Certain Dark Things
STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES, award-winning author of The Only Good Indians, on CERTAIN DARK THINGS
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