The agents of BookEnds represent nearly all genres and sub-genres in fiction and non-fiction. But did you know our agents are seeking….
Three BookEnds agents are seeking Horror (or horror-adjacent) projects in their inboxes. Here is more from them about exactly what they’re looking for:
Amanda Jain is seeking adult horror, dark speculative fiction and thrillers, and narrative nonfiction. She always enjoys narratives that feature damaged characters trying to overcome their own personal demons to find the strength to survive, and, in general, is interested in horror that trends more psychological and atmospheric versus the 80s slasher film variety. She is always a fan of coming-of-age books where a group of friends must band together in the vein of Stephen King’s Stand by Me or Stranger Things. She is also interested in horror with a darkly humorous edge like Emily Danforth’s PLAIN BAD HEROINES and Grady Hendrix’s THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB’S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES or the tv shows DEAD TO ME and SANTA CLARITA DIET. Amanda would love to see a contemporary take on the traditional Gothic novel, and is always interested in seeing a new take on the traditional haunted house. And she’d always be interested in nonfiction that deals in some way with the genre like Mallory O’Meara’s THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON or Nina Nesseth’s upcoming NIGHTMARE FUEL.
You can query Amanda at: http://queryme.online/AmandaJain.
Naomi Davis is seeking adult and YA horror, and they always prefer a speculative bent. They are looking for stories that blend fact (or lore commonly accepted as truth) with fiction, like in THE DEEP by Alma Katsu. They like to have their perception of true places and events challenged by spooky speculative elements. They also love dark, lush stories that center around powerful characters exploring terrifying magic and myths through diverse family dynamics, such as LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova, and would love a YA horror that leans more into the fright than the paranormal.
You can query Naomi at: http://queryme.online/naomidavis.
James is most interested in horror where it meets thriller and suspense. He enjoys books that produce that unsettling, nervous feeling in a reader, while still being grounded in realism. Some examples of James’ taste include:
· The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
· The Whisper Man and The Shadows by Alex North
· In the Woods by Tana French
· Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
You can query James at http://queryme.online/jmcgowan