We believe in Jesus Christ and that He is the Savior of the world. Our mission is to spread this message of hope and faith while producing exciting, darker, more realistic, or edgier stories for an underserved market.
Our vision is to encourage our authors to cross promote and band together, building this from a grassroots, niche market into a well known, captivating genre. We are searching for authors with an entrepreneurial spirit who will catch our vision and help make it a reality.
Check out our hopes, dreams, and wishes for manuscripts below.
As you would guess with the formation of this company (and all the books I write) I love things a little on the darker side! All on out horror can be a bit too much for me (no Texas Chainsaw Massacre, please!) but I like a sub-genre I like to call "subtle horror." Bring on the Sixth Sense, The Village. (Can you tell M. Knight Shyamalan is my literary sugar daddy?)
I recently read and loved Angela Townsend's River of Bones. I'm also a huge fan of Neal Shusterman's Unwind series (and Scythe). Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter is brilliant. So is Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassin series, and AMC's Turn.
I love Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series, Lucy Christopher's Stolen, and am more recently a super fan of Netflix's Stranger Things. Oh! And the CW’s Reign! And Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak!
I'm not really into epic fantasy, though Brandon Sanderson is a literary hero of mine. Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth still remains the best book I've ever read in terms of, "This book freaks me out. And the prose! It’s breathtaking!"
I also like stuff on the BBC: Downton Abbey, Bleak House, Jane Eyre, Broadchurch. Bring on the broody.
All of these authors and shows have inspired the books I write. If you've written something similar, please submit to Monster Ivy!
I can see myself acquiring a gothic romance or historical romance on the darker side or a contemporary horror. But I also like to be surprised.
I love a variety of genres, but I’m currently in search of clean but amazingly suspenseful psychological thrillers. I’m also interested in seeing more quiet horror manuscripts. I’m open to projects that include paranormal elements or magical realism, and I’m a HUGE fan of Southern gothic. Give me your unreliable narrators and your Byronic heroes!
Not interested in:
- epic fantasy
- sweet romance
* Only accepting adult manuscripts.
Mary writes and likes beautiful prose. I appreciate it too—but I also like me a good list.
- High concept/Concepts turned on their head
- Creative devices
- Examining morals in a fun/freaky way (Unwind, Scythe, Black Mirror)
- Light sci-fi (Red Rising, Lunar Chronicles, The Diabolic)
- Villain protagonists (Breaking Bad, House of Cards)
- Unreliable narrators (if I listed ideas, I suppose that could be a spoiler)
- Super moody (Coldest Girl in Coldtown)
- Contemporary suspense/horror (Bates Motel, Twisted Fate)
- Horror that’s really drama with crazy excitement (Walking Dead)
- Southern and Midwestern settings (Justified, The Glass Castle)
- New worlds, can have some magic (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Ember in the Ashes, The Bone Witch)
- One room settings (Locke, Stolen)
- Insights to human nature (Raven Cycle, Strange the Dreamer)
- Gorgeous, different love story with my next book boyfriend (Shatter Me, Twilight—yes, I said it.)
***Obviously a lot of these stories don’t fit our niche of “Edgy, Clean” so accepted stories would need to be tailored as necessary.
- High, epic fantasy (kudos to your patience)
- Super graphic horror
- Protagonist finds out “Surprise! You’re the most powerful superhero of them all!”
- Retelling of common fairy tales
- Faeries. Probably. Unless you have some of the above.
- Super snarky protagonist
I'm pretty open—MG, YA or Adult, scifi/fantasy or realistic, romance or non.
I'd especially like something that has either mythology or arts (music, theater, etc.) involved.