There are none.
Okay, I’m overreacting. But after my recent trip to the bookstore, I swear that’s not too far off.
You see, I’m searching for representation for my novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World. I’ve done all the proper research on query letters, synopses, and formatting. The novel is done and edited many times over. And I have the query set. So all that’s left to do is find agents that represent horror.
My quest began in the simplest, and most logical place: the internet. I found a few good sites, one or two of which even had search bars for “subject.” So I type HORROR.
And bam! Seventy-five listings. That wasn’t so hard. That is, I didn’t think it was hard until I began to peruse the listings.
The first few did in fact have “horror” under the types of fiction they represent. But once I read further, it became clear that many agencies simply list anything they may be open to. And not necessarily things they currently represent.
The listings I looked through had “what we are currently looking for” sections for each agent. And invariably, no matter what the front page of the listings said, the more in depth looks lacked “horror.”
Okay, no problem. Just keep looking. A few more listings in and I started seeing “Not currently accepting unsolicited submissions.”
Sal-right. So-kay. Keep looking. A few more in, and I start to notice that the search also lists people who are specifically not looking for horror. This is because the word horror appears in their listing, I assumed.
So I found one or two agents that actually want to represent horror. A good start, but I need more.
Today I went to the bookstore and snatched the holy grail of agent and publisher listings: Writer’s Market. I flip to the agents and start my search.
Unlike the previous listings, these mysteriously lacked “horror” in any of their “what we’re looking for” sections. They simply just left it out. And the few times I did see a mention, it was not comforting.
Does not want genre fiction. No horror. Does not represent horror.
Wuh oh. Again, I only managed a few agencies. It’s too bad I don’t write chick-lit, thrillers, or commercial fiction, because these seem to be the big three that nearly every agency wants.
So, as a last ditch effort, I checked the acknowledgment pages of a bunch of horror writers I like. I came away with another two or three. Not bad considering my luck so far.
At least I have a good starting point now.
Does anyone have tips for finding agents that represent horror?