A few specific #mswl bits I'm on the hunt for at the moment: character-driven sci-fi (THE LAST WATCH), gothic horror (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE), immersive mystery (Attica Locke's Highway 59 series), and journalistic nonfiction (Patrick Radden Keefe is a favorite).
I am almost caught up with queries! 😲 In addition to what I have highlighted in my #mswl, I'd love to see more captivating historical fiction as well as gothic fiction. Cozy culinary mysteries too! #HF #GF #amquerying #writingcommunity QueryManager.com/QueryLoriGalvin
• gothic and horror in MG, YA, and Adult that haunts you with its writing as much as the subject matter (not one for gratuitous gore)
• contemporary fantasy with fresh hooks, strong character dynamics, immersive worlds, & romance subplots.
Monthly reminder that I'd love more of the following stories:
- Southern Gothic
- Small town/isolated settings with a darkness to them and how characters deal with it. Think Sawkill Girls or Burn Our Bodies Down
- Queer found families with various dynamics.
Some #MSWL things I've been craving in my inbox:
🌈 Queer MG, especially first crushes
💙 Found family dynamics
🌳 Small towns/isolated settings especially with a speculative element
💀 Southern Gothic
♣️ Stories that involve tarot/playing with fate
Once again, I am opening my heart to horror, my first true love. Please give me psychological and creepy, gothic, thrillery, moody and atmospheric, dark. Think Lovecraft Country and Crimson Peak. Get my heart racing, make me hesitant to turn the page. But no gore. #MSWL
I'd like to see something that's a cross between The Haunting of Brynn Wilder and Mexican Gothic. Women's fiction with a lush, gothic setting that's creepy, but doesn't cross quite as far into horror. #MSWL
HORROR either in the lush, gothic, Crimson Peakian vein with sputtering candles, twisted family trees, forbidden corridors, etc.; or with a modern-day edge that cuts straight down to the nervy quick of our current moment, and would make Ari Aster or Jordan Peele proud #mswl
Nivia Evans @NiviaEvansWould love to read something dark and gothic and black and witchy that feels like Prudence Blackwood x Ambrose Spellman meets Only Lovers Left Alive #mswl
I would also like this. Give this to me #mswl
Megan Carroll @MeganACarrollWe are reopening our #submissions tomorrow (eeeek!) so I thought I’d go through what I’m looking for this year in a hopefully helpful thread. #MSWL
In fiction I’d love to see high concept love stories for both commercial and reading group/literary crossover readers. I’m keen to see historical fiction and gothic horror - think Stacey Halls, Laura Purcell and Bridget Collins.
Just saying, I’m devouring THE WIFE UPSTAIRS & I’d love to see some thrillers in this vein (psychological, twisty, non-cop centric, dark, gothic), but queer and from BIPOC creators! #MSWL