Author-illustrator Revel Guts’s SPARKS!, set in a world where humans rely on satyrs for magical powers, in which two satyr boys at a magical boarding school—the class clown and the golden boy—find themselves transported across the country when their graduation spell goes disastrously awry; the two boys will have to work together to find a way home without killing each other along the way, while unbeknownst to them, a nefarious plot is brewing at the academy, to Konner Knudsen at Dark Horse, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in July 2024, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world).
Historian-turned-cartoonist Sierra Barnes’s HANS VOGEL IS DEAD, an anti-fascist fairytale following a dead German fighter pilot as he finds that dying is only the first of his problems when he wakes up in a storybook forest warped by the evils of World War I, to Jenny Blenk at Dark Horse, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in September 2023, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world English).
Sami Ellis’s DEAD GIRLS WALKING, a fresh take on camp horror, about a serial killer’s daughter determined to absolve him of her mother’s murder; the only things keeping her from searching for clues in the woods where he used to hunt are her counselor duties at the queer all-girls sleepaway camp that’s leasing the land—and the copycat killer stalking the girls, to Emily Daluga at Amulet, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2024, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world English).
Sami Ellis will contribute to Circe Moskowitz’s anthology of Black horror, NO HARM DONE, pitched as a cross between SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS and Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone. Other authors include Kalynn Bayron, Ryan Douglass, Sami Ellis, Brent Lambert, Ashia Monet, Linda Raquel Nieves Perez, Joel Rochester, Liselle Sambury, and Joelle Wellington. Sold to Alicia Sparrow at Chicago Review Press, for publication in fall 2023, by Natascha Morris at The Tobias Literary Agency (world).
Author-illustrator Emily Ettlinger’s SKELEANOR THE DECOMPOSER, about an inventive skeleton who wants to play her instruments in the town band, but she’s got more rattle than rhythm, to Rachel Sonis at Penguin Workshop, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Em Lysaght at Ladderbird Literary Agency (world English).
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