From the list on reminding us that the past never dies.
Who am I?
I’m an author, visual artist, and film producer. I’m originally from Mexico but studied fine art in London at Central St Martins School of art with a scholarship. I’ve had a wild career of writing, packaging, developing, and publishing books for more than a decade. You can see some of my visual art in galleries, museums, and my Instagram @leopoldoleopoldo or in my most recent illustrated novel Monarca. My forthcoming novel, Piñata, is a supernatural possession story driven by the real horrors of colonialism in my native Mexico. I wrote it as an outlet for a simultaneous love and rage at the world, history, my country, and current events.
Leopoldo's book list on reminding us that the past never dies
Discover why each book is one of Leopoldo's favorite books.
Why did Leopoldo love this book?
This is a book that to me was a Rocketship!
It covers so many themes I love and redefined a Vampire tale… It danced around gender, social horror, and coming of age; but something I find very intriguing about this book’s world is its past, or lack thereof.
The town it takes place in is described as missing a past early on, which made such a stark impact on me considering it is a book that deconstructs such a historied character: the vampire.
The vampire is taken into such new contexts, not a suave, rich, handsome aristocratic type, but a young kid living on the outskirts of modern society. It takes an old convention used to talk about the problems of its day into a modern setting, literally mutilating Eli to discuss contemporary societal horror.
It was intimate and glorious, making you feel the hunger and literally growing incredible empathy…
Let the Right One in
Why should I read it?
4 authors picked Let the Right One in as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
John Ajvide Lindqvist’s international bestseller Let the Right One In is “a brilliant take on the vampire myth, and a roaring good story” (New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong), the basis for the multi-film festival award-winning Swedish film, the U.S. adaptation Let Me In directed by Matt Reeves (The Batman), and the Showtime TV series.
It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at…