𝗷𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗮 @literaryfeyas usual, @JJBker and I have been nattering about #Yellowjackets in the office, so if any authors have a manuscript that can comp to it (any element tbh: the 90s vibe, the eldritch forest monsters, or haunted, oppressed suburbia) then pls! PLS!!! hit us up!!! #mswl
also if you have a literary dread/horror novel that can comp to the video game DREDGE, I want to see it! creepy lighthouses! cosmic horror! dead loved ones! thank u #mswl
I’m also a super-duper realistic horror fan (Scream and Jaws are two of my favorite all-time movies), so I’m here for contemporary realistic slashers that aren’t too gory, thrillers, and whodunnits (Scream is a whodunnit!!) in #YA #MSWL
Jacqui Lipton @Jacqui_LiptonWho wants to jump in next with a #mswl? @LaneHeymont ? (And, authors, remember you can ask any of us questions and feel free to tag any of us you want to answer.)
What am I looking for? Horror, horror, HORROR. Obviously. Also, thriller, suspense, and nonfiction by experts in their fields. So let’s dive in a little more a #MSWL 🧵
Maeve MacLysaght, haver of bones @mmmlysaghtNew year, new #MSWL!
I represent BIPOC, Queer, and marginalized creators writing commercial genre fiction across MG, YA, Adult, and Graphic Novel. My particular weaknesses are genre-blending SFF, horror, and anything with murder or making out (ideally both)
2023 #MSWL! As a reminder, I represent BIPOC, queer, & marginalized creators making joy for themselves in SFF & horror for MG, YA, Adult, and Graphic Novel.
My existing MSWL is still a mortifyingly perfect encapsulation of my tastes, but this year I'm looking for even MORE:
10 - Horror and dark fantasy – don’t be afraid to let it get weird. Thinking mushrooms growing out of reanimated rabbits à la T. Kingfisher. Aiming for the more atmospheric side of things than all-out gore.
In YA, I'd love to see:
🌞Thrillers with isolated settings
🌞Horror with gothic and atmospheric vibes
🌞Historical that centers on POC stories
🌞Subversive and dark fantasy
In Middle Grade, I'd love to see:
⚽️Fantasy inspired by myths, folklore, or legends
⚽️Historical that centers POC stories
⚽️Contemporary with an environmental bent
⚽️Horror with ghosts, creepy crawlies, and witches
⚽️Growing up in non-traditional settings
I do love spookier/horror elements. Give me your ghosts, shadows, unexplainable phenomenon. Think THE WHISPERING DARK or WILDER GIRLS vibes.
I'm not against monster-hunter/vampire-slayer type stories, but I often tend not to be right for them.
I am pretty picky with my YA spec fic interests, and it's sort of an "I'll know it when I see it" situation. That being said, I tend toward contemporary fantasy, horror, and/or relatively grounded narratives that feature some kind of speculative twist (i.e.: CEMETERY BOYS).
"I've been loving horror that has a lighter writing style to contrast the darkness of the story itself. If you have humor in your horror, I'd love to take a look!"
Gothics and dark academia!! Please!! Whether they’re speculative or not, whether they lean more into horror or into romance, I’m very flexible with these two subgenres and want to see them all.
I read very broadly in horror, but some of my recent fave reads have been LEECH, SUMMER SONS, MEXICAN GOTHIC, MANHUNT, & HOUSE OF HUNGER in adult, HOUSE OF HOLLOW & THE TAKING OF JAKE LIVINGSTON in YA. Big fan of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE & WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS as well.