Penguin Random House Children’s has acquired a YA horror novel by Kat Ellis in a two-book, six-figure pre-empt.
Harrow Lake is about the daughter of a famous horror-film director who is sent to the sinister small town where her father’s most iconic movie was filmed. Strange gossip, frightening coincidences and a town obsessed with its tragic past make Lola start to question whether she’ll get out of Harrow Lake alive.
Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency sold UK, Commonwealth and translation rights to editor Emma Jones just days after the book went out on submission.
Kathy Dawson of Kathy Dawson Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, bought North American rights.
Ellis, based in North Wales, has previously written YA novels for Welsh independent publisher Firefly Press.
Harrow Lake will be published in the UK and in the US in 2020.