See post #23 for the updated version
I'm currently looking for a few extra pair of eyes to look over this (see my post in the Wanted Ad section). If you're interested, pm me.
I'm planning on sending this to small presses and not agents, so correct me if I'm supposed to address it to someone other than the editors. --- Dear (Editor's name),
I became interested in (publishing company here) because of the dark-themed books you publish. Because of this, I am submitting my 36,700-word dark fantasy novella, Marsh’s Banquet, for your consideration.
When Kae and Marsh deliver clocks to a secluded village in a neighboring country, they never expect to encounter a god that consumes people.
The people of Waking Falls worship Nove, a mysterious god that only likes merpeople, and its annual festival is about to begin. Things immediately take a turn for the worse when Kae and Marsh enter the village; Kae accidentally discovers that the villagers are holding Nove captive, and that something is impersonating it. On top of that, the festival is actually a time in which the god devours a part of the populace. What’s worse: Kae and Marsh are trapped in Waking Falls until it’s over.
Kae takes matters into his own hands to find a means of escape, but it won’t be as simple as that: he needs to save the now possessed, flesh-consuming Marsh, who has been designated the “host” of Nove, and unravel the mystery surrounding the entity that’s replacing it.
Filled with flesh-eating mermen, the living dead, and a dark atmosphere, Marsh’s Banquet will appeal to readers who are looking for a plot-driven story.
I would be honored to send you my completed manuscript upon request. Thank you for your time and consideration.