Media Kit

Image credit: Lyndall Clipstone

Advanced praise for STALKING SHADOWS:

Panin’s debut features rich, complex teen characters, all fighting to be understood within the limits of their small, closed-minded town. A fairy-tale retelling that’s both beautiful and brutal.

Kirkus Reviews

STALKING SHADOWS has everything I love in a story: a fierce heroine, a
gorgeously spooky atmosphere, and a perfectly Gothic aesthetic. With perfume magic, snowy forests, a brooding lord, and a girl who becomes a beast, this is a retelling the way retellings should be done – fresh and vivid, comparable to Angela Carter’s work.

Lyndall Clipstone, author of upcoming LAKESEDGE

STALKING SHADOWS short pitch:

STALKING SHADOWS is a feminist, gothic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where Marie must select her sister’s victims to protect her, but when a child turns up dead she’s forced to break the curse or face who’s really become a monster. 

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Marie mixes perfumes to sell on market day in her small eighteenth century French town. She wants to make enough to save a dowry for her sister, Ama, in hopes of Ama marrying well and Marie living in the level of freedom afforded only to spinster aunts. But her perfumes are more than sweet scents in cheap, cut glass bottles: A certain few are laced with death. Marie laces the perfume delicately—not with poison but with a hint of honeysuckle she’s trained her sister to respond to.

Marie marks her victim, and Ama attacks. But she doesn’t attack as a girl. She kills as a beast. Marking Ama’s victims controls the damage to keep suspicion at bay. But when a small boy turns up dead one morning, Marie is forced to acknowledge she might be losing control of Ama. And if she can’t control her, she’ll have to cure her. Marie knows the only place she’ll find the cure is in the mansion where Ama was cursed in the first place, home of Lord Sebastien LaClaire. But once she gets into the mansion, she discovers dark secrets hidden away—secrets of the curse, of Lord Sebastien . . . and of herself. 

Content warnings:

  • Gore
  • Murder, death
  • Mentally abusive parent
  • Mentions of alcohol abuse 

Comp titles:

  • Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
  • House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Themes:

  • Morality
  • Family loyalty and dues
  • Agency and choice
  • Addiction 
  • Poverty
  • Mental health

Selling points:

POPULAR CATEGORY: Dark, twisty fantasy novels like The Beautiful and A Curse So Dark and Lonely are doing well in the market, and with the resurgence of the Twilight series, paranormal romance is on the rise as well.
MONSTERS AND MORE: Part-sister story, part-monster story, this novel navigates morality and what it means to decide for yourself what’s right and what’s wrong. The beast and the killings in the story is also based on a real historical monster––the Beast of Gévaudan––which is still unexplained to this day.
TALE AS OLD AS TIME: A haunting Gothic retelling of Beauty and the Beast that includes nods to fans of the original story.

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Bios:

Short

Cyla Panin is an MG, YA and Adult Author who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic. Her YA debut, STALKING SHADOWS will be out with Amulet, Abrams Fall 2021. She is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency.

Long

Cyla Panin is an MG, YA and Adult Author who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic.

After spending most of her childhood wanting to escape into the wonderful worlds her favourite authors created, she’s now using her own words to craft magical places. When not writing, Cyla can be found playing dinosaurs with her two young boys, watching swashbuckling and/or period TV shows with her husband, and, of course, reading.

Her YA debut, STALKING SHADOWS will be out with Amulet, Abrams Fall 2021. She is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency.

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