I am beyond thrilled to welcome new client, LC Milburn, to the KT Literary family. LC’s project, BAD ANNIE, came to me via PitchWars 2019, and I was hooked to this dark, mind-bending psychological horror/thriller genre blend from the first page. Blending gorgeous writing with incredible pacing and tension, LC masterfully plays upon the innate human fear of being alone in the woods in this story that culminates in a shockingly unexpected twist – it gave me a book hangover for days. Think BLAIR WITCH meets THE MATRIX, for fans of WILDER GIRLS. Here’s the pitch:
When 16-year-old Annie steals her mom’s car and totals it on the I-5, it’s the latest and worst of her attention-seeking exploits. All out of options, her mom, a local TV news anchor and “small-c” celebrity, ships Annie off to Camp Wesley, a remote rehab center for delinquent teens.
At Wesley — perched on a mountain and hemmed in by thick, dark woods — the staff practice something called neuro-integrative immersion therapy: a euphemism for endless drills, hard labor, and psychological mind play by Vaughn, the camp’s tyrannical leader. With no phones and no word as to how long she’s supposed to stay, Annie knows she has to run.
But something’s not right at Wesley — besides the questionable therapy regime. There are voices coming from the forest, and Vaughn and the other staff wear Tasers and clubs at all times. When a rumor begins to circulate that a camper died at Wesley, Annie needs to know who to fear more: Vaughn and the camp, or whatever’s hiding in the trees.
LC was twice a finalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Short Story Prize and was published in the journal, Little Fiction. Outside of writing, she’s a full-time city planner married to a contemporary painter of art as weird as the words she writes and mother to three small children.