Manuscript Wishlist 

as Editor for Ominum Gatherum Publishing

My taste in fiction tends to run deep. Meaning, I like books that have multiple layers of plot and potential interpretations depending on the reader’s own perspective coming to the table. Books that make you think as well as give something to take away upon reaching the last paragraph. I love dark speculative fiction that goes beyond just monsters and blood splatters: I want stories that make me reconsider my positions, open new doors, and shed light on new perspectives, all the while scaring the hell out of me. At the same time, I love action and suspense and require my books to have a good helping of each along with a sprinkling of dark (possibly crude) humor.

Some things I love to see in manuscripts:

  • Diverse stories and authors
  • Well-developed characters with distinct voices and significant arc
  • Vivid descriptions and extensive world-building
  • Exploration of sub-cultures that delve deep into otherness
  • Plots that are multi-faceted and constantly move forward
  • Sense of humor
  • Dialog that is natural and entertaining

My favorite genres:

  • Dark science-fiction (ALIEN, PROMETHEUS)
  • Military horror (SEAL TEAM 666, EXTINCTION HORIZON)
  • Psychological horror (HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, THE HUNGER)
  • Dark fantasy (not high fantasy) (BOOK OF ELI, PAN’S LABYRINTH)
  • Twists on traditional folklore or classics  (THE GIRL IN RED, LOST BOY)

Please, do NOT send me stories containing:

  • Vampires
  • Zombies
  • Traditional werewolves
  • Straightforward ghost stories or hauntings
  • Gratuitous violence simply for the sake of shock value
  • Torture or abuse of minors
  • Themes of racism, sexism, or any negative connotations toward other cultures or genders
  • Novels written in verse
  • Short stories

To query, please send me your cover letter, a 1-2 page plot synopsis, and the first 20 pages of your manuscript to dl@kaheaku.com. Please paste all content into the body of the email; attachments will not be opened.

 

For Ominum Gatherum’s full guidelines, please see here.

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