Toys can talk. Animals can talk. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny are real. And deep in the FBI basement, a man in a cowboy hat and a cape has a file on them all.
That pretty much sums up the orientation Terica Cabbagestalk receives on the first day of her internship. She has just joined the top-secret WHAT Department, America’s only line of defense against the cute, family-friendly scum of the "hidden world." Whenever a kid wanders into the closet-monster city, whenever a cult of fundamentalist vegetables starts demanding blood sacrifices, it falls on Agent Timmy Liddell and his band of misfits to mitigate, litigate, and keep it all under wraps. It’s not what Terica expected from her law-enforcement career, but she rolls with it; she joined up to protect people the way she wished she could have protected her long lost baby brother, and if she has to do so alongside teddy bears and pixies, so be it.
But something is amiss in the hidden world. The severed head of a closet monster just showed up in Terica’s bedroom, all because she asked about her brother’s disappearance. Now Li’l Terry Cabbagestalk is staring down the barrel of the biggest conspiracy the WHAT Department has ever faced, and she’s about to see just how twisted it can get When Humans Aren’t There.
The WHAT Files: Cradle and All is an adult urban fantasy, complete at 81,000 words, representing the first in a five-part series. It is currently seeking representation.