Saturday, 2 May 2020

A Horror Revival?

My adult novel is complete, edited and ready to go. I call it a Victorian Crime Thriller with a Gothic twist, which translates as classic horror. As to what to do with it, that's something else entirely. As far as traditional publishing goes, dark fantasy is a tough sell. There was a time in the 80s when every bookshop and newsagent had a horror section. Today, that is no longer the case. In most instances, the horror section has been absorbed into Fantasy and Sci-Fi, which means it's only the big names on show, while new talent is overlooked.

The Ritual - I'm never going out in the woods again!
Adam Nevill is a good example. He has won the August Derleth award three times and The Ritual had a major movie release, yet his books are nowhere to be seen - certainly not in any of my local bookstores. This all gives the impression that the audience for horror fiction is too small to bother with.

But is that really the case? There have been some huge successes in recent years. The movie of The Woman in Black brought Susan Hill's book to the supermarket shelf. Then there is Bird Box by Josh Malerman, or The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey - both books and their movies were incredibly successful. In fact, horror movies seem to be going from strength to strength, no longer relying on the slasher gimmicks of the 90s, but a deeper, more poignant horror, such as Midsommar, or the surreal powerhouse that was Mother.
Midsommar - wow! Just... wow!

Hopefully, this is a good sign. I would love to see a horror revival hit the bookshops and resurrect the horror sections. Only one way to find out...

Which means, it's submission time.

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