Young Gothic

First in a series, from the bestselling author of S.T.A.G.S.

Four gifted young creatives win the chance to be a part of the YOUNG GOTHIC programme, and spend a week by the shores of Lake Geneva. Their prize – sponsored by shadowy Diodati Foundation – is an all-expenses-paid retreat to the very same Villa Diodati. Whilst there, they stumble across The Fantasmagoriana… Inspired by a midnight fireside reading each guest confesses their own worst fear in turn, plumbing the darkest depths of their souls. In the coming days the teens’ summer is suddenly beset by mysterious happenings, as the monsters they create begin to clamber out of their minds and into reality. Clinging together against the terrors that besiege them, the group grow closer, but the dynamic is upset when Griffin’s ex-girlfriend, Katsuko, unexpectedly turns up at the villa. Events rise to a horrible climax when, on a dark and stormy night, one of the villa’s guests is found dead…

But who is responsible – one of the teens? Or one of the monsters they brought forth?

M.A. BENNETT is the author of the bestselling YA series S.T.A.G.S which is currently with Annapurna and Urban Myth, who are developing the first three books into TV series for SVOD. She is represented by Teresa Chris at Teresa Chris Literary Agency.

Publishing date TBC.