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Samantha Eaton
Mentored by:
Jessica Bayliss
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When Cara’s sister, Shelby, returns after a year-long disappearance, Cara learns that something unspeakable followed her. Then, an unknown creature starts devouring people in the woods, and Cara must team up with self-proclaimed monster hunter, Lucas, to stop it from killing again. As they get closer to the truth, they get closer to becoming the monster’s next meal.



People say the trees keep the secrets of killers, and so we fear them.

The forest surrounds me, no matter where I go in this county, and it taunts me with memories it will never share. It shields the people here from the worst crimes committed among the evergreens and aspens and maples. Woven within its branches, it holds stories of violence and monstrosities. The bare skeletons of deciduous trees whisper new tales to the needles of conifers in a dead language.

They know what happened to my sister.

I listen to the sound of winter birds cawing among the other sounds of the woods circling the house where I watch foster kittens. Not the most exciting extracurricular, but it’s a line on the resume that’ll get me out of this town one day. Their distant chatter fills my head and leaves no room for the content of the textbook I’ve been trying to read for hours.

A little monster of a kitten begs for my attention, pawing at the corners of pages and kneading the sleeve of my sweater from where she perches, predatory. She doesn’t sense the presence I feel coming from the forest around us—not yet—though every night something invisible sends the four of them into hiding. Instead, she plays, a black and white ball of fuzz hijacking the book and my lap in the last beam of sunlight before the light dies beneath the horizon.

12 responses to “YA #16: THE INSATIABLE HUNGER OF TREES (Horror)”

  1. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there!

    I’d love to take a look at this full manuscript. Can you please send it attached as a word document to: rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com

    Thanks! I can’t wait to read!


    Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  2. Deliciously creepy. I’d love to read more. Please send your query and full manuscript as word doc attachments to hilary@ktliterary.com with PitchWars in the subject field. Can’t wait!

  3. Kim Lionetti says:

    Love this! I’d love to take a look. Please upload the synopsis and full manuscript here: QueryMe.online/KimLionetti/PitchWars

  4. Lisa Rodgers says:

    I’d love to look at the first 50 pages and a 1-2 page synopsis. Please send to querylisa[@]awfulagent[.]com and put “Pitch Wars: The Insatiable Hunger of Trees” in the subject line. Thanks, and looking forward to reading!

  5. Sarah LaPolla says:

    Oooh you had me at “something unspeakable followed her!” Please send the full pitch in the body of an email to sarah@bradfordlit.com and attach the 1st 50 pages. Use the subject line “Pitch Wars: [Title].” Thank you!!


  6. Alexander Slater says:

    Hi Samantha,
    This sounds horrifying. I’d love to read it.
    Please send the manuscript to ASlater@tridentmediagroup.com as a Word document, and I’ll throw it to the top of my list.
    Best wishes, and congrats on all things Pitch Wars!
    Alex Slater
    Trident Media Group

  7. Erin Harris says:

    Hi Samantha,

    Erin Harris at Folio here. Loved the opening and the premise! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc attachment to eharris@foliolit.com. Use “Pitch Wars Submission” in the subject line.

    Looking forward!


  8. Kristin Nelson says:

    I’d love to take a look at your manuscript. Just submit via Query manager using my special link.


  9. Hi Samantha,

    Loving your sample and premise! I’d really like to take a look at more of this manuscript. Here is the link for my Query Manager form:


    Please send the first 50 pages of your manuscript. I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Warm Regards,

    Cortney Radocaj
    Agent Apprentice
    Corvisiero Literary Agency

  10. Aimee Ashcraft says:

    Hi! Very intrigued by your pitch and would love to read more. Could you send the the full manuscript to aimee@browerliteray.com in Word format, along with “PITCH WARS Request” in the subject heading? Thank you!

  11. Nicole Payne says:

    Sounds great! Please send the query, synopsis and first three chapters to nicole@goldenwheatliterary.com with Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thanks!

  12. Christa Heschke says:

    Killer title and premise. I’m a big horror fan and I’d love to read on! Please send the query, synopsis and the full manuscript to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com with Pitch Wars request in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis