Tuesday, February 9, 2016

7 Agents Looking for Horror Writers

Updated 3/19/23

Here are seven agents actively seeking horror. All are from reputable agencies.

ALWAYS check the agency website before submitting. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements may change.

If these agents do not suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.

1. Maria Vicente (P.S. Literary)

Maria holds a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario. She has affinities for literary prose, strong character development, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky.

What she is seeking: Middle grade horror. (No adult.) Macabre fairy tales, vampires a la Buffy, psychological horror.

How to submit: How to contact: E-query query [at] psliterary.com with “Query for Maria” in the subject line. “Do not send attachments. Always let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers. If you don’t receive a response to your query within 4-6 weeks it means a no from the agency.”


2. Katherine Odom-Tomchin (FolioLit)

Katherine began her publishing career at Heritage Publishing, Inc., which publishes magazines, guides, and directories for health care, seniors, tourists, and attorneys throughout Florida and Southeast Georgia. During her time there, she held various positions in the editorial, graphic design, and information departments. 

What she is seeking: Less gore and paranormal than the typical slasher or ghost story. More in line with titles like THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE HANDMAID'S TALE, or MISERY. Am open to titles like THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and IT, but characters and writing must carry the story.

How to submit: Please send your query letter and the first 10 pages of your manuscript (pasted in the body of your email) to ktomchin@foliolitmanagement.com. Include "query" and the title of your project in the subject line.


3. Kiana Nguyen (Donald Maass Literary Agency)

Kiana Nguyen joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2016, where she assisted several agents, and is now building her own client list.

What she is seeking: "Adult Horror!! I always forget to mention this, but horror was my first love and I adore being scared. I'm looking for less body horror and more haunting realities that effect your relationships with family and loved ones circa The Haunting of Hill House and Bird Box. Intimate stakes, with atmospheric worlds."

How to submit: To query, please email query.knguyen@maassagency.com with the query letter, and the first ten pages of your novel pasted into the body of the email.


4. Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary)

Jill graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience

What she is seeking: Adult stories only. No YA or MG. “I’d like to find a horror story like Joe Hill’sHeart Shaped Box, the kind of tale that pulls you in so completely, and yet you feel like you can only safely read it during the day. I’d also love to see more gritty and atmospheric stories with plenty of plot turns–think The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad. I like weird and creepy like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Shock me.”

How to submit: Use her query manager HERE.

5. Alec Shane (Writers House)

Alec Shane majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency and is now aggressively building his own list.

What he is seeking: "Great horror - I haven't been scared to turn off the light in far too long and something needs to be done about it."

How to submit: Send the first 10 pages of your manuscript, along with your query letter, to ashane [at] writershouse.com with “Query for Alec Shane: [TITLE]” as your subject heading. No attachments.


6. Lynnette Novak  (Seymour Agency)

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent 17 years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as the New York Times and the USA Today bestselling authors.

What she is seeking: MG, YA and adult horror.

How to submit: Use her submission form HERE.


7. Paige Terlip (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

Prior to becoming an Associate Agent, Paige was a Senior Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert, and has been with ABLA for over three years.

What she is seeking: Horror that dismantles the gender binary (and societal norms). Stories that examine contemporary issues using horror/speculative elements as the vehicle (think Jordan Peele or Stephen Graham Jones)

How to submit: Send queries via her online form HERE.

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