Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Certain Dark Things
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Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Year: October 25, 2016
ASIN: 1250099080
A teenage garbage picker meets a vampire in Mexico City. But narcos are after them. “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, author of the NYT bestselling Shades of Magic series
About the Book

Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

Silvia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, won a Copper Cylinder Award and was a finalist for the British Fantasy, Locus, Aurora and Solaris awards. She is the winner of a World Fantasy Award for her work on the anthology She Walks in Shadows.

Praise for Certain Dark Things

“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, author of the NYT bestselling Shades of Magic series

“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 Things is exquisitely vicious and brutally beautiful.” – Ann Aguirre, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Not since Anne Rice’s seminal Interview with the Vampire has the vampire story been so radically reimagined. Silvia Moreno-Garcia reinvents it for the 21st century in this high-concept, explosive tale of narco-vampires in Mexico City, and just when you thought it was safe to step out of the coffin. Certain Dark Things is dark, inimitable, and so very, very cool. Unmissable.” – Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama

Certain Dark Things is 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 of Shadowshaper and of the Bone Street Rumba series

“If The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo met (and devoured) Interview with the Vampire to the twined rhythms of Octavio Paz, Bram Stoker, and Ozomatli, you might come close to the layers and textures of Certain Dark Things. Set in a beautifully and heartbreakingly rendered Mexico caught up in Narco-Vampire wars, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novel lets us fall in love with many perspectives before she breaks our hearts and puts us back together again. I cannot wait for the movie.” – Fran Wilde, Andre Norton Award-winning author of Updraft

“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. The wonderfully complex Atl and her 21st Century Renfield, Domingo, are revelations. Certain Dark Things packs a wallop.” – Paul Tremblay, Bram Stoker award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts


“The Mexican setting is a huge part of the allure of this new novel from Moreno-Garcia (Signal to Noise), as are the fascinating varieties of vampires she sets forth.” — Library Journal, starred review.

“I love to see compelling new takes on vampires, and Certain Dark Things succeeds beautifully; reading vampires through geography and mapping the consequences of their movements. Smart, tender and insightful, I enjoyed this tremendously.” —NPR.

“One hopes that return visits to this urban fantasy world are in the offing.” — The New York Times

“There’s a cast of sympathetic and layered characters, and the writing is equally effortless even when describing gory action scenes and contemplative moments considering moral dilemmas. 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

Certain Dark Things is a gorgeously (dark) emotionally gripping thriller. Moreno-Garcia’s characters are vivid and compelling, as is her prose. As a novel, it’s fantastic: honest, wrenching, compassionate, and brutal.” — Sleeps with Monsters,

“This is a vampire story unlike any you’ve ever read, beginning with its setting: modern-day Mexico City, where a scrappy kid named Domingo spends his days searching through the city’s trash…Vampire gangsters, a messy romance, and distinctive Mexican flavor, in the skilled hands of the author of Signal to Noise, one of our favorite books of 2015? You simply cannot go wrong.” – BN Bookseller’s Pick, October 2016

“Moreno-Garcia once again revels in, and reinvents, Mexico City, this time with cyberpunk embellishments.” – B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

“Confirms that Moreno-Garcia is an author to watch.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“With Certain Dark Things, 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

“Action-packed, endlessly fascinating and thorough in its world building.” — RT Book Reviews

“Envisions a fascinating near future Mexico City with vampire drug lords vying for territory… and will appeal to those who enjoy rooting for unlikely heroes.” — Booklist

“The novel has many mature themes, much violence, and strong language, but it all helps create a wonderful urban world filled with danger and suspense. Fans of visceral, grungy urban fantasy settings and supernatural elements will be engrossed. This excellent book is a must-have purchase for all libraries, especially where horror and urban fantasy fiction is hot. ” — VOYA Reviews

“It is in those moments, when blood lust and corporeal lust commingle and hang like perfume, that Certain Dark Things is at its most frightening.” — Paste Magazine

Certain Dark Things is arguably the vampire novel for the 21 st century.”” — New York Journal of Books

“Nothing you’ve seen before will prepare you for the vampires of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s brilliant new novel Certain Dark Things.” — The Vancouver Sun

“I pictured this book as the offspring of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction with a dash of telenovela and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s own seasoning.” — The Book Smugglers

“Masterfully written, evocative of the underbelly of Mexico City, full of amazing set pieces and gritty atmosphere, peopled with fascinating monsters.” — The Monitor (Texas)

“This is the perfect vampire book for those who think they’re sick of vampires.” — Apex Magazine

“It’s the first time I’ve read a vampire novel that’s made me feel like I’m reading something new, something fresh, and I love how in parts it’s gritty and nasty and dark.” — Curioser and Curioser

The author makes Atl a sympathetic enough character that the reader actually worries about the fate of this blood-drinking monster.” — James Nicoll Reviews

“The story is dark and gritty of course, very suspenseful, with Aguirre’s investigation reminiscent of a Hammett or Chandler mystery mixed with the Stoker horror, with a bit of Lansdale-like humor thrown in. It’s also appropriately violent and bloody, extremely so at the climax.” — Templeton Gate

Certain Dark Things gives us a reason to love vampire novels again.” — Pop Culture Beast

Certain Dark Things is one of those vampire books that totally breaks the mold and sweeps you away. ” — Powder and Page

“Are you one of those people who like to bitch about vampire lit being too pretty? Then shut your trap and pick this up immediately. You like your vampires bloody and violent? This is what you need. You enjoy clever, immersive world-building? Here you go. You dig noirish narco shoot-outs? You just hit bingo, motherfucker.” — LitReactor

“There is a ton of vampire fiction out there, much of it unreadable, but Silvia Moreno-Garcia brings a fresh take to the genre in this page-turner.” — Monster Librarian

“If you’re bored of pale, seductive heartbreakers boasting a mouthful of fangs and not much else, take a trip to Mexico City.” — Rue Morgue

Art: GMB Chomichuk.