Hot Key Books has acquired world rights in a YA psychological thriller by James Dawson, whose debut novel was published last year.
Editor-at-large Emma Matthewson bought Say Her Name and one other title from Jo Williamson at Antony Harwood.
Dawson's Hollow Pike was published last year, and his first non-fiction book Being a Boy, a guide to puberty for boys, is publishing in September 2013 by Hot Key Books' sister imprint Red Lemon Press.
Say Her Name will be published in May 2014.
Matthewson said: "James Dawson has already proven himself to be the ultimate king of chills and his first book for Hot Key Books, Say Her Name, is a richly layered psychological thriller that more than lives up to his reputation of being a fantastic writer for teens.
"Inspired by the urban myth of Bloody Mary, it is a tale that will have readers thinking very hard before looking into a mirror again."