Horror, the Pure Genre

Monster ScheduleAs my husband finishes the final edits on his (now) 100,000+ word dark fantasy novel, we have been discussing genre.

“Horror is the spice that makes every other genre interesting,” I said this morning over coffee. “Romance has to have a bad guy. History has war. Don’t even get me started on science fiction. Monsters are everywhere!” He agreed.

“If you think about it,” I continued. “Horror writers are purists. We take the exciting parts of a story and boil it down to the essence-pure thrill. We keep the best part and garnish with other genres.”

No other genre plays such a wide role as horror. “Dracula” is horror romance, “Romeo and Juliet” is romance horror. Anywhere where there is murder, blood and terror, there is horror.

Anyone have any arguements? Monsters, and horror, are indeed everywhere in literature. This makes me happy.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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