"She was the snake biting its tail. She was a dreamer, eternally bound to a nightmare, eyes closed even when her eyes had turned to dust."
In Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia brings together a few different genres into one melting pot: the novel is part magical realism, part historical fiction, with a dash of bio+fantasy and gothic horror. For this feat alone, it is a unique and captivating read. While on the surface, this is the story of a haunted house through the eyes of a young socialite - it is also a vehicle for Moreno-Garcia to explore a specific slice of Mexican history. The setting is inspired by a real mining town that was controlled by the British in the 19th century, and the issues of politics, race, and mental health treatments are pulled straight from ’50’s milieu. While we all had different opinions and reactions to the book in general, we do all agree it would make an excellent feature film.