Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel has been called “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” and “darkly brilliant and captivating.” Set in the 1950s, "Mexican Gothic" tells the story of Noemí Taboada’s efforts to save her cousin from her husband and his family in their isolated mansion in the Mexican countryside. Moreno-Garcia tells CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal why she decided to wade into the gothic horror genre. Plus, she explains why it is important for authors to be transparent about how they are able to earn a living by writing.
In this episode, we're joined by author and editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia. She tells us how HP Lovecraft and Peter S Beagle were among the English language authors who made an early impression on her. Silvia then goes on to discuss what it was like coming back to Lovecraft while doing thesis work, analyzing the attitudes towards race and sex in his stories, and how some of her own works have responded to him. She also shares the importance of Silvina Ocampo, one of the few female authors writing magic realism in Spanish during the 1950s. We also talk about Silvia's experience with overlapping cultures — growing up in Mexico while also being exposed to American culture, then moving to Canada — and how this has influenced her writing, as demonstrated in her luchador superhero short story "Iron Justice versus the Fiends of Evil" (from the Masked Mosaic anthology). This leads us into a discussion about the phenomenon of Latin American speculative fiction authors getting recognition in their home countries only after moving overseas and writing in English. And she tells us what needs to happen for Latin American countries and Spain need to build their own strong, local speculative fiction communities. Silvia also teases her upcoming novel, The Beautiful Ones (set for release in October, 2017). Our interview took place in October 2016 at VCon 41 in Surrey, BC. Find out more about Silvia Moreno-Garcia on her website: silviamoreno-garcia.com/blog/ Visit iTunes to subscribe to Invaders From Planet 3 and download episodes, and be sure to rate the show while you're there! Let the invasion begin!
Vancouver writer, editor and publisher Silvia Moreno-Garcia visits The Province studio to talk about her debut novel, Signal to Noise.
We also discuss life as a small press publisher, the trials of Twitter and how to write about HP Lovecraft without waking the Great Old Ones.
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