In 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.
After 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.”
Anyway, here’s the breakdown for myself, as I see it:
Swords of Talera In the Language of Scorpions
Wings Over Talera Midnight in Rosary (with erotica)
Witch of Talera Micro Weird
Under the Ember Star Harmland
Bitter Steel Wanting the Mouth of a Lover
Cold in the Light
Harvest of War
I 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.
Edgar Rice Burroughs H. P. Lovecraft
Robert E. Howard Edgar Allan Poe
Louis L’Amour Ray Bradbury
John D. MacDonald Clark Ashton Smith
Someone who combines the two throughout much of his body of work is Joe Lansdale, and maybe Dean Koontz.
What say you?