talking to a writer friend the other day, she mentioned my “genre.” That seemed
a little odd at first because I rather pride myself on writing in lots of
genres—Fantasy, Horror, Western, Science Fiction, etc. In our discussion, it
seemed that she meant, primarily, fantasy, but only a portion of the stuff I’ve
written would be classified as fantasy by fantasy readers.
I thought about it, I began to divide my fiction writing into two ‘broad’
genres. These are 1) action-adventure and 2) weird. Weird includes stuff that carries
elements of horror, noir, and the surreal. Since it was of interest to me, at
least, I thought I’d post the breakdown here. In part, I’m wondering if the breakdown
into these two broad areas might help sales a bit. I know some folks who read
specifically, and only, in one genre. For some readers, if they are looking for
“X” and happen to read “Y” by a writer, then they’ll avoid that writer in the
future, even if most of what he or she writes is indeed “X.”
here’s the breakdown for myself, as I see it:
of Talera In
the Language of Scorpions
Over Talera Midnight
in Rosary (with erotica)
of Talera Micro
the Ember Star Harmland
the Mouth of a Lover
in the Light
was thinking of other writers I admire and how they might fit into one or both
of these categories. I decided to place those writers in the same categories
below. This is my opinion, of course. Any discussion is welcome.
Rice Burroughs H.
E. Howard Edgar
D. MacDonald Clark
who combines the two throughout much of his body of work is Joe Lansdale, and
maybe Dean Koontz.