My Genre Conundrum

I’m betwixt two. Or three. Maybe four.

With the conclusion of The Dark Corner series, one of the challenging aspects was to place each story in the correct genre. Separately, they are very different in their genres. For example, The Visitor is clearly a psychological thriller. Then the series switches years in The Forest where it is plain that it is a horror story though it may also be considered urban fantasy. The next story, The Gift, is more along the lines of dark fantasy with a smattering of urban fantasy. We follow that up with The Basement which is a horror story but again there are elements of urban fantasy and supernatural or paranormal. Then when you get to The Confrontation, that is an urban fantasy/supernatural suspense story. So, you see my dilemma.

It hasn’t made it any easier with my upcoming release Blackson’s Revenge. I did a small test asking people what genre they thought it belonged with a small description of the content. Some people thought it belongs in the superheroic category. Others thought it belongs in the urban fantasy category. While still, some others thought — which I thought was quite odd — that it belongs in the paranormal category.

Getting the genre correct is important because fans of certain genres expect certain things. I don’t want to present a book to fans who are expecting werewolves and vampires and getting something quite different. So I thought that it might be beneficial to lay out a rather lengthy description of what stories and books you can expect to read in the RIU universe.

In order to be as accurate as I possibly can, I went ahead and did a little research on some authors who write similar material. Nowadays, everybody is cross-genre. Nobody is really doing pure in terms of fiction writing. It’s more along the lines of what genre drives the story more than anything else. So, if you decide to pick up one of my stories or novels, what can you expect as far as the main genres that I write in? To explain this thoroughly, I’m going to first begin with authors who have similar novels.

Though it bothers me to say this, Stephen King writes very similar material to what I write. Or maybe it’s vice versa. There was a time back in the 80s and 90s where I would read Stephen King material but I haven’t picked up a Stephen King book in over 25 years. There’s a reason why I am loathe to identify myself with Stephen King but I’m not going to get into the details of that. Suffice to say that the content of his stories and tone are very similar to what I write.

There was a time where I would have put Dean Koontz in that category as well but I’m not real sure about that anymore. He appears to have gone the thriller/serial killer route mostly and that’s not my bag baby. But if you want to go back in time a little bit when he was writing things like Watchers, that would fit well. Fast-forward to Odd Thomas and you’re getting into my territory.

To give some more clarity as to the genres I write in, I’m going to switch to film and television. Two television shows that reflect the kind of material I write are Heroes and The 4400. If you added a healthy dose of Stranger Things and X – Files, you would have a perfect mixture of the genres I live in.

My hope is that this will help you, dear reader, so you will know what to expect in the RIU. I will warn you though, I will be taking a foray into fantasy but that won’t be for quite a while.

If you’ve read any of my stories, I’d like to hear what genre you would put the story that you read in. It’s always interesting to see what other people think in this respect. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time, see you in the Tapestry.

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