Simon & Schuster UK has acquired two YA horror novels from debut American author, Amy Lukavics.
Rachel Mann, fiction editor, bought World English rights, excluding the US and Canada, from James Wills, managing director at Watson, Little, on behalf of Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media in the US.
The first book, Daughters Unto Devils, is described by S&S as “The Exorcist” meets “Little House on the Prairie”. It tells the story of 16-year-old Amanda Verner, who fears she is losing her mind. When her family move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes she can leave behind her haunting memories of her afflicted baby sister, cabin fever and the secret boyfriend whose baby she is carrying. But their new home soaked in blood and Amanda has heard stories about the land being tainted by evil. With guilty secrets weighing down on her, she can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or within her soul.
Mann said: “Daughters Unto Devils is a horrifying and truly unputdownable read, and an astoundingly accomplished debut. We’re thrilled to be bringing Amy’s incredible, cinematic writing to UK readers.”
Lukavics, who lives in Prescott, Arizona with her husband and two children, added: “Ever since I started writing, S&S was a dream house of mine, so to hear that my creepy little book had found a home with them was incredibly special and exciting.”
S&S will publish Daughters Unto Devils as a paperback original on 8th October 2015, in time for Halloween.