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The troubles with mixed genre

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.


3 comments on “The troubles with mixed genre

  1. kurahikari
    December 12, 2013

    I know the feeling on that. I’m not comfortable defining Trust as purely science-fiction. It’s a character drama, just set on a spaceship. Is urban fantasy even a genre? I like to think it is, but people seem to like their fantasy kept as far away from the real world as possible. There’s something to be said about being the first to explore a genre, though. You might be the trope codifer! Just keep on going 😉

  2. cussedness
    December 12, 2013

    Thank you, Kurahikari. I appreciate the support.

  3. ghostposts
    November 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Ghostposts's Weblog.

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