Isabel Canas

160 – Isabel Cañas & Many Types of Bloodsucker

Isabel Cañas returns to the show to talk about her second novel, Vampires of El Norte – a sweeping historical love-story set against a backdrop of class tumult, war and … yeah… vampires. It’s not a spoiler guys – it’s in the title!

Isabel speaks so eloquently about the relationship between vampirism and cultural legacy, about how it isn’t only the undead who invade your space and drain your essence. She describes the intense, insane schedule of writing the book, how landscape invites the supernatural, Mexican boogeymen and boogeywomen, and historical fiction as feminist conundrum.

Enjoy. With heart, soul and viscera. 

Vampires of El Norte was published on August 15hth by Berkley

Books mentioned:

The Hacienda(2022), by Isabel Cañas

Mexican Gothic (2020), by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Lone Women (2023), by Victor Lavalle

Island Witch (forthcoming 2024), by Amanda Jayatissa

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