It looks like 2018 is turning out to be the Year of Coming-Of-Age Horror for Bloodshot Books. When I listed this particular subgenre as something I was looking for in our open call last fall, I didn’t realize that I had tapped into a hidden wellspring of content. Of the 100+ submissions I received, there were at least 25, perhaps 30 that could fall into this category. So, it should not surprise you that a significant percentage of the books that I have signed would fall into this bucket.
I’ve already announced THE OCTOBER BOYS, by Adam Millard, TAMER ANIMALS by Justin Woodward and DEAD BRANCHES by Ben Langley, all of which are quite different takes on coming-of-age tales. Now, please welcome the next to join the club: John Quick with his novel WHAT SLEEPS BENEATH. Here’s how he pitched it to me:
“All Ryan wanted from life was to be cool enough to hook up with the girl of his dreams. If that meant breaking into the town’s abandoned asylum and stealing a memento for the school jerks, so be it. What he didn’t expect was to find a corpse in the basement. An old, withered corpse with a wooden stake in its heart. A stake he knocked free on accident.
When a strange dream prompts him to return, he discovers that sometimes legends and myths are real, and finds himself somehow psychically linked to an actual vampire. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and it’s one he can’t even share with
his best friend, Hunter.
Then Hunter goes missing, the first in a string of disappearances that rock the small town where Ryan lives. The cause is even more monstrous than his new “friend.” Whatever happens next, Ryan knows his life will never be the same—provided he survives long enough to have a life….”
At just over 100K words, this is a nice, hefty tale with shades of Ronald Kelly’s BLOOD KIN, Richard Laymon’s THE STAKE and Dan Simmons’ SUMMER OF NIGHT.
You can expect it to come out in late 2018/early 2019, but while you’re waiting, check out his other novels on his author page. CONSEQUENCES is a favorite of mine.