Rachel E Pollock (labricoleuse on QT) has signed with agent Jonathan Lyons of Curtis Brown, Ltd..
Because [well-research personal hook appeal], I hope you will be interested in my literary adult novel, THE DECADENCE PAPERS.
October 23, 1998: A terrible fire consumes Decadence, Boston’s most infamous goth/fetish club. What deadly chain of events led to its destruction? The answer lies among the tangled relationships of six friends and lovers. Fluora, the aloof bartender, can’t decide whom to trust when her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Shy, sensitive Prue wonders whether she’ll ever be more than a frustrated retail clerk after depression forces her to drop out of college, and the cynical riot grrrl, Rasa, can’t cope with the crushing grief of her girlfriend's untimely death. A night full of bad decisions lands Fluora in bed with Nolly, an old friend; while Rasa finds herself involved in a dangerous liaison with the club’s most flamboyant deviant, the enigmatic Hype. Prue still bears the scars of her own troubled history with Hype, but she just might consider dating again when the charming promoter, Rhys, asks her out. As their interpersonal dramas play out against the backdrop of Decadence, they all find themselves sucked into a downward spiral that will ultimately lead to infernal catastrophe. [SPOILERS HAVE BEEN STRIPPED FROM THIS SECTION, WHICH IN THE SENT QUERY WAS ACTUALLY TWO PARAGRAPHS LONG]
My writing has been published in anthologies and journals including Steampunk (edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer), Fourth Genre, and the Harvard Summer Review. I received my MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans in 2013, and I may be found online at http://www.rachelpollock.net/ or on my Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/LaBricoleuse
From 1993-2004, I worked as one of the most successful gothic/industrial DJs in the country—I wrote this novel to capture the exquisite bedlam of a subculture for which I once provided the soundtrack. When I read Maupin’s Tales of the City, Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin, and Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and the Damned, I loved the way in which those books provided the passwords to the speakeasies of their demimondes. In the same vein, THE DECADENCE PAPERS passes beyond the velvet rope to explore the glittering gloom of dark nightlife’s pre-millennial zenith.
THE DECADENCE PAPERS is complete at 88,000 words; the story-arc fully resolves, yet the conclusion provides room for a sequel. Attached please find [any specific special requests the agent might have asked for, like a synopsis or first X pages]. I would be happy to send the full manuscript for your review.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Rachel E. Pollock