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Wed, Sep 13


Central Library

Isabel Cañas discusses “Vampires of El Norte”

Isabel Cañas discusses “Vampires of El Norte” - in conversation with Sadie Hartmann

Isabel Cañas discusses “Vampires of El Norte”
Isabel Cañas discusses “Vampires of El Norte”

Time & Location

Sep 13, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98164, USA

About the event

Clarion West presents Isabel Cañas discussing “Vampires of El Norte” in conversation with Sadie Hartmann aka Mother Horror.

About the Author

Isabel Cañas is a Mexican-American speculative fiction writer. She holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and writes fiction inspired by her research and her heritage.

Sadie Hartmann, also known as “Mother Horror” online, is the Bram Stoker Award®–nominated editor of Dark Hart Books and co-owner of the horror fiction subscription company Night Worms.

About the Book

As the daughter of a rancher in 1840s Mexico, Nena knows a thing or two about monsters--her home has long been threatened by tensions with Anglo settlers from the north. But something more sinister lurks near the ranch at night, something that drains men of their blood and leaves them for dead. Something that once attacked Nena nine years ago.

Believing Nena dead, Néstor has been on the run from his grief ever since, moving from ranch to ranch working as a vaquero. But no amount of drink can dispel the night terrors of sharp teeth; no woman can erase his childhood sweetheart from his mind.

When the United States invades Mexico in 1846, the two are brought abruptly together on the road to war: Nena as a curandera, a healer striving to prove her worth to her father so that he does not marry her off to a stranger, and Néstor as a member of the auxiliary cavalry of ranchers and vaqueros. But the shock of their reunion--and Nena's rage at Néstor for seemingly abandoning her long ago--is quickly overshadowed by the appearance of a nightmare made flesh. And unless Nena and Néstor work through their past and face the future together, neither will survive to see the dawn.

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