PW #372: Young Adult Taiwanese Horror (Own Voices): HUNGRY GHOSTS

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentors: Janella Angeles and Axie Oh
Mentee: Judy Lin
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Taiwanese Horror (Own Voices)
Word Count: 85,000


Food blogger Lydia thinks she’s starring in her own Taiwanese drama when she devours photo-worthy meals and encounters mean girls and cute boys at her overseas camp. But when life drastically shifts into an Asian horror movie after a vengeful spirit is unleashed upon campus, Lydia must defeat the ghost before it all goes to hell…literally.


What Air Canada serves us for breakfast on the flight to Taiwan looks like yellow vomit. I poke it with a fork and watch it jiggle in its little plastic compartment. Jurassic Park-style.

“Does this look like it’s spelling out a message?” I ask my seatmate, pointing out the red and green flecks that dot the surface. Help me. I’m trapped as an amorphous blob.

My cousin Maggie leans over the armrest and peers at my tray. “Or it could be peppers. It doesn’t look that bad.”

“I’d offer to trade but I don’t think yours is any better.” Her Chinese breakfast option is congee, the rice porridge we grew up eating. Except the dish I’m used to contains tasty pieces of meat, spicy bamboo shoots and crunchy peanuts, while hers is more soup than porridge. Squinting at her tray, I can make out a few slivers of shredded pork.

“Just because you have a blog doesn’t mean you’re a food critic now.” She sniffs and dips her spoon into her bowl.

“You don’t have my discerning palate.”

Maggie rolls her eyes and blows daintily on her spoonful of congee.

I pull out my cell and take a picture of the omelet, along with its companions: a lump
of noodles sitting in a thin brown sauce, and a tired-looking fruit salad. I’m going to put together a post for the blog. People shouldn’t suffer through this travesty while stuck on a twelve-hour flight.


Author: Heather Cashman

With a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, the lab reports always lacked the fantastical element Heather's imagination demands. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels, so she's going back to college for a Creative Writing degree. Her novels range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Speculative Fiction, she dabbles in picture books, and is currently seeking representation. ~Member SCBWI

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  1. I know Halloween is over, but the description of this novel gave me chills. I’d be delighted to read. Please send the full manuscript as a Microsoft word document to brent[at]triadaus[dot][com] with “Pitch Wars request” in the subject line and your query letter in the body of the message. Cannot wait to read!

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  2. I am dying for a middle grade horror like this! I would love to see the full manuscript in Word format with the pitch pasted onto the first page. Please send materials to with PITCH WARS in the subject line.

    Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to it!

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  3. Just realized I said MG – so sorry for the confusion! I am excited to see your *YA* horror 🙂

    Thanks so much!

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  4. I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript! Please send your query pasted in the email and the full manuscript attached in a word document to: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com


    – Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

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  5. I’m interested in seeing more of this! Please send the query + the full manuscript (as a word document) to rachel(at)lperkinsagency(dot)com with Pitch Wars: TITLE in the subject line. Thanks!

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  6. I would love to see more of this! Please send a query (in the body of the email) plus the first 50 pages as a Word doc attachment to, and make sure to put “Pitch Wars Request” and the title in the subject line.

    Looking forward to reading!

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  7. This sounds awesome, and I’d love to see a full. Please send it to strothmanagency (at ) gmail (.) com as an attached word document (.doc) with REQUESTED PITCH WARS in the subject line.

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  8. Hi Judy,

    I’d love it if you could send me the first 50 pages at! As a Word doc/docx or PDF would be fine. Please also include a query and make sure you mention #PitchWars in the subject line.

    I’m really excited to see where it goes!


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