Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Genre and Sub Genre {Horror} 2/5

Welcome to day 2 of Genre and Sub Genre.  I was poking around at the host blog for 52 Books in 52 Weeks and discovered an interesting page about genre and sub genre.  I have always wondered what the different genre classifications were  in books so wanted to share them here with you.

There are 5 categories so will share one a day this week.

Genre and Sub Genre categories

  1. Child in Peril: involving the abduction and/or persecution of a child.
  2. Comic Horror: horror stories that either spoof horror conventions or that mix the gore with dark humor.
  3. Creepy Kids: horror tale in which children Ð often under the influence of dark forces Ð begin to turn against the adults.
  4. Dark Fantasy: a horror story with supernatural and fantasy elements.
  5. Dark Mystery/Noir: inspired by hardboiled detective tales, set in an urban underworld of crime and moral ambiguity.
  6. Erotic Vampire: a horror tale making the newly trendy link between sexuality and vampires, but with more emphasis on graphic description and violence.
  7. Fabulist: derived from “fable,” an ancient tradition in which objects, animals or forces of nature are anthropomorphized in order to deliver a moral lesson.
  8. Gothic: a traditional form depicting the encroachment of the Middle Ages upon the 18th century Enlightenment, filled with images of decay and ruin, and episodes of imprisonment and persecution.
  9. Hauntings: a classic form centering on possession by ghosts, demons or poltergeists, particularly of some sort of structure.
  10. Historical: horror tales set in a specific and recognizable period of history.
  11. Magical Realism: a genre inspired by Latin-American authors, in which extraordinary forces or creatures pop into otherwise normal, real-life settings.
  12. Psychological: a story based on the disturbed human psyche, often exploring insane, altered realities and featuring a human monster with horrific, but not supernatural, aspects.
  13. Quiet Horror: subtly written horror that uses atmosphere and mood, rather than graphic description, to create fear and suspense.
  14. Religious: horror that makes use of religious icons and mythology, especially the angels and demons derived from Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost.
  15. Science-Fiction Horror: SF with a darker, more violent twist, often revolving around alien invasions, mad scientists, or experiments gone wrong.
  16. Splatter: a fairly new, extreme style of horror that cuts right to the gore.
  17. Supernatural Menace: a horror tale in which the rules of normal existence don’t apply, often featuring ghosts, demons, vampires and werewolves.
  18. Technology: stories featuring technology that has run amok, venturing increasingly into the expanding domain of computers, cyberspace, and genetic engineering.
  19. Weird Tales: inspired by the magazine of the same name, a more traditional form featuring strange and uncanny events (Twilight Zone).
  20. Young Adult: horror aimed at a teen market, often with heroes the same age, or slightly older than, the reader.
  21. Zombie: tales featuring dead people who return to commit mayhem on the living.

hank you to Writers Digest and 52 books in 52 weeks for the sub genre breakdown

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