Kelly O'Connor Lonesome

@kellyoc5

Senior Editor of nightmare fuel at @TorNightfire / @TorBooks . Working hard on my Beach Witch Vibes. Fan of positive reinforcement and cheese. She/her.

Portland, ME

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Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

I’m so excited to see what fresh #horror stories are out there, but honestly I’m especially eager to see manuscripts that blow away all my #mswl expectations! Cheers to 2020!

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

I desperately want a book about a cult or false prophet, but not one that uses rape and torture as its primary function. I demand more creative plot devices! I’m super intrigued by start-up messiahs, influencers, and company towns. #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

I am very interested in seeing something that poignantly captures and works off the abject horror of what we’re doing at the borders (literal children in CAGES), especially #ownvoices #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

My favorite themes & tropes: monsters (werewolves, sirens, witches, vampires), hauntings, cults, fairytales, toxic relationships turned fatal, family dynamics, class & power imbalances, revenge, meta horror, body horror, psychological terror... #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (with @Billyjensen @PaulHoles), The Fact of a Body (@alexmlwrites): Nonfiction that captures the atrocities and fear of the subject matter, but is not voyeuristic, with stranger-than-fiction twists. #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

In the House in the Dark of the Woods (@LairdHunt), The Changeling (@victorlavalle), The Merry Spinster (@daniel_m_lavery): Creatively reinvented and nightmarish fairytales & folklore -- from all cultures please, not just Western! #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

Friday Black (@NK_Adjei), Her Body & Other Stories (@carmenmmachado), The Pisces (@melissabroder): Speculative fiction with a dark bent, surreal Twilight Zone-type stories gone malicious, literary fiction with subtle horror veins. #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

Mongrels (@SGJ72), A Head Full of Ghosts (@paulGtremblay), When We Were Animals (Joshua Gaylord): Coming of age stories with monsters as metaphors, monsters inside of us, cleverly subverted horror tropes with contemporary twists. #mswl

Kelly O'Connor Lonesome @kellyoc5 · Jan 2

Beginning the new year by looking to the future and dreaming about the possibilities for my @TorNightfire list. So, here’s a quick 2020 #horror #mswl based on some of my favorite books of the last decade (THREAD!):