"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane
I am finding I have a lot of trouble promoting my books because they are mixed genre.
The categories are almost set in iron.
I often use Dark Fantasy I like tvtropes for my definitions these days.
I have the basic horror types (vampires, werewolves, necromancers) plus gore, grit, grime, and atrocity. I’m graphic about them. Perhaps too graphic at times, especially in the Dark Brothers of the Light series. But I can’t call it horror because it is set on an alternate earth setting.
Alternate earth is usually the realm of Science Fiction and I do have some science elements, but it is definitely not Science Fiction.
A few months ago I put my lycan novel, Serpent’s Quest, up for a free read at wattpad and since it was about werewolves (of a sort) and vampires, when I saw the category for werewolves, I used it and then banged my head against the desk because that landed me with paranormal romances.
But there was no category for dark fantasy.
I could have placed it in fantasy, but the average fantasy reader would have been appalled by the content.
Where do I put them? Where do I belong? Am I just someone’s unwanted step-child?
I don’t really know.