Traitors’ Gate book tour dates

The prequel to my Battle of the Undead series will be out soon – my publishers, Evernight Teen have arranged a virtual book tour to celebrate the release.

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Tour dates:

2/29 Young Adult & Teen Reads
2/29 Darkest Cravings
3/1 Get Cozy
3/2 The Book Pub
3/3 Seeing Stars
3/4 Fantasy Pages
3/5 All Book Finds
3/6 Nics Book Nook
3/7 Nikki Noffsinger 

Interview with Michelle L Johnson

5764543Last time we spoke you’d just released Divinity, can you can give us an update as to what has happened to you since?
Since we last spoke, I’ve had the launch party for Divinity. It was held at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA where I’d attended many workshops and made many critique partners. It was a great party! Other than that, mostly work…
Will there be any more books in this series?
Yes, I am currently working on the sequel, and beyond that there is one more book. So a trilogy all in all, but there will be an opening for a second trilogy, too.
Tough question…is there anything, looking back, that you would have changed in the book?
I think I didn’t tie up the stalker thread as much as I would have liked, and if I had it to do over again I would have firmed that up as a mystery for the angels to solve almost like a police procedural. It’s like that loosely, but I would have liked to make the story stronger around that point.
What are you working on at the moment?
The sequel to DIVINITY, which I have tentatively called TREACHERY.
What’s the one question, in interviews, that you dread being asked?
Wait a minute. If I tell you will you ask it?
How has being an author changed your life?
I think it’s mostly just given me an outlet for all those things I observe that a lot of people don’t. And it has really made my movie and TV viewing a lot different. I more closely follow character development than I ever did before, making careful note when something works well.
If you were to be trapped in a TV show, which would would it be?22117059
Supernatural. Because Dean. Of course, he needs a little more rescuing this year than most, but still.
Halloween is rearing it’s spooky head – will you be dressing up this year? And if so, as what?
I think that I will dress up as a writer. Or maybe as someone who works in their pajamas.
What is the most common reaction you get when you tell strangers that you are an author? 
Surprise. Almost 100% of the time, people say “Oh!” then the surprise changes to that one where you can tell they’re trying to figure out if they should know your name or not but are too embarrassed to ask.
Where online can we keep up to date with your books?
My website is http://www.michelleljohnson.us though I interact far more on my Facebook author page:https://www.facebook.com/MichelleL.Johnson

 

Interview with DelSheree Gladden

DelShereeGladdenPortraitTell us about your publishing journey…

My publishing journey has had a lot of ups and downs. In the beginning, I couldn’t get a publisher or agent to take me seriously. I ended up independently publishing my first four books before signing with a publisher. I’ve worked with four different small publishers over the years, but I now only work with one, Limitless Publishing. The other relationships did not work out and I ended up publishing the majority of my books on my own, which has worked well for me. In the future I plan to keep all of my YA books independent

What do you love about being an author?

I love getting to interact with my readers. It’s so fun to hear their reactions, get their feedback, and hear about their lives and what they’re doing. You meet so many neat people as an author!

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. I loved the Anne books and movies and a child, and now I’m sharing them with my daughter. She was such a fun, strong, brash, and lovable character. I’d love to meet her!

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

I’ve thought about this many times! For Van I’d choose Saoirse Ronin. For Zander, Alex Pettyfer. Ivy goes to Mila Kunis. Ketchup would be Tom Welling (although he’s getting a little old to play a teen now). Oscar would be Ryan Gosling.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Blood hungry monsters, definitely.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

The 1930s. I love the hairstyles, clothes, and music of that time!

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Learn how to let things go. There are so many things that are not worth getting worked up over, but it’s a hard skill to master.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A wizard. I suck at languages, so I’d probably be terrible at spells, but it sure would be fun!

Where do you write best? Wicked Hunger GOLD

Upstairs in my office, with Supernatural playing in the background, lol! Actually, I mainly watch Supernatural while I’m editing.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The Pearl, by John Steinbeck. It was interesting, but depressing. He’s a great writer, but I don’t think I can read too many of his books at once.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I would love to be able to do graphic novels, but I just haven’t developed the patience necessary for the animation side of it. Some day…

Where can fans find you online?

  1. Website: http://www.delshereegladden.com/
  2. Blog: http://www.delshereegladden.com/#!blog/c21ua
  3. Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/delsheree/
  4. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DelShereeGladden/posts?hl=en
  5. Youtube/Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvhRQvJy3KJhllsepnX6ogQ/videos
  6. Radio Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aspecialkindofcrazy
  7. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDelShereeGladden
  8. Twitter: https://twitter.com/DelSheree
  9. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/DelSheree-Gladden/e/B004G9V2C6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1412786487&sr=1-2-ent

 

 

Interview with Monique Snyman

Monique Author PicTell us about your publishing journey.

I’ve always been a writer, but I only took the plunge to become a full-time author in 2009.  I was in my third year of university, still searching for a vocation that would ultimately become my life, when my younger sister suggested I write a novel.  She didn’t intend for me to quit school, but I did, and “Charming Incantations: Enticed” was born.  I was only twenty at the time, I was incredibly naïve, and I will admit that I had no idea what I was getting into.  Then again, I don’t regret my decision.  My book was picked up a couple of times by publishers.  The first publisher accepted the novel in 2010, but I pulled the manuscript before they could work on it – I didn’t feel comfortable there – and the second publisher actually published “Charming Incantations: Enticed” in 2012.  Unfortunately they went out of business, so I needed to find someone else to publish the whole series, and Rainstorm Press came to my rescue early this year.

What part of being a writer do you love most?

I’m not a megalomaniac under normal circumstances, but whenever I open a document affiliated with my writing, I turn into a vengeful goddess ready to strike fear into the hearts of my characters.  Other than that, I’m also a dreamer, and throughout my life I’ve seen things differently.  By writing, I’m able to create a whole new world with words.  Besides that though, I love to wake up in the morning and realise that my office is everywhere and nowhere…  Of course, that’s just some of the perks of being a writer.

Which part do you hate most?

The money obviously sucks.  I’m a full-time author, so I rely on my book sales.  I also hate reading some of my older pieces, because I’ve grown as a writer and as a person, and it just makes me cringe.

What life advice have you been given, that you wished someone had given you sooner?

“You are who you are, so embrace life and screw the rest.”

If you could be a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Hmmm.  Well, maybe this sounds a little sadistic (or perhaps even morbid), but I’d love nothing more than to be the Grim Reaper.  Being Death is like being a writer without having to edit yourself the whole time.  Although, I’m sure George R.R. Martin would be the first pick if that position becomes available, so I’m not holding my breath.  *giggles*

Which paranormal creature scares you most and why?

Demons.  You really don’t want to know why…

Twilight Saga – loved it, or hated it?

The Twilight Saga was published during my teens, but although I read all four books, I found the writing terrible, and Bella to be a very bad example for girls.

If you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you eat?

*grins* Milosh Moore is the Vampire Representative in the “Charming Incantations” series, and I suppose dinner with him would mean I’m on the menu (honestly, I don’t care, he’s sarcastic and sexy enough to make me do anything).

Who are your favourite authors and why?

I suppose I’ll sound old-school, but my favourite authors are Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchet and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  I’m also enjoying Kim Newman, as well as George R.R. Martin.  The list goes on though.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m almost done with the first book in my new supernatural series, called “Mocking the Raven”.  It’s a part of the “Project Anonymous” series.

Synopsis: “There are no exceptions. There are no quitters. There is no turning back.

The Project Anonymous initiative was created by the government in the 1940’s to protect the world from the wicked and inexplicable things that threaten mankind’s existence.  Unknown to the public, these soldiers are highly trained to defend and save us all from the clutches of evil and the best place to begin a career like this is by applying to Fairview Military Academy…

Bodies are piling up and the cause is somewhat unknown.  The people of the small town on the outskirts of East Tennessee are confused when the healthy, young residents start dying from what seems to be middle-aged illnesses.  Heart attacks, cerebral aneurysms and strokes are undeniably some of the more questionable deaths, but when a grown man of twenty-three dies of pneumonia on a warm summer’s night, it is clear that something odd is at work.  An unlikely duo of Project Anonymous soldiers is paired up for the case.  Enemies of sorts, Isla and Lucien are forced to set their differences aside in order to solve the mystery.  But while they hunt the creature, there’s still a good chance that these misfits will kill one another in the process, or worse, actually come to a mutual agreement that they have more in common than they like to admit.”

When I’m done with this book, I’m starting work on the third book for “Charming Incantations”.

Where can fans find you online?

 *laughs* I’m everywhere, but here are some links to help you in your search:

Twitter

Facebook

Blog

Pinterest

Goodreads

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About Charming Incantations: Enticed e

When Lisa Richards’ parents died, she never thought her life would change as drastically as it did.  Now she has to take over her father’s seat on a secret supernatural council, lead troops into battle against the ferocious Goblin Lord, and try not to get herself killed in the process.

To make matters worse, Lisa thinks she may be falling in love with the socialite werewolf who was simply supposed protect her.

Whoever said growing up was easy, clearly didn’t have to save the world every other week

Buy Enticed.

Book Review: Seal of Destiny by Traci Douglas

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Synopsis

Love conquers all… but can it stop the Apocalypse?

Mira Herald is having the worst life ever.  Not only is she plagued by horrific nightmares starring the Devil himself, she’s now the target of a power-hungry, rogue minion, freshly sprung from Hell and bent on her destruction.  To complicate matters further, she’s acquired a stalker. One who insists he’s a divine warrior sent for her protection because she houses an ancient relic with the power to unleash Armageddon. Last time Mira checked, she wasn’t insane. Still, all this celestial mayhem is enough to drive a girl crazy.

Kagan is a member of the Scion, an elite team of immortal warriors selected by Divinity to aid mankind and save the world. After a century alone, Kagan is summoned for a new mission. He’s eager to begin. Eager until he’s informed his mission consists of protecting a woman with no clue to the power she wields. Plus, his briefing fails to prepare him for his new target’s cosmic-sized attitude problem.  As Divinity’s sworn servant, he’s required to fulfill his duty. His oath, however, does not require him to be enthusiastic about his new assignment or warm-and-fuzzy toward his new compatriot. He plans a wham-bam rescue and a quick return to solitude.

The rogue minion attacks—with the backing of a mysterious organization—and all Hades erupts, putting a fast end to any whirlwind escapes. Accustomed to staunch independence, Mira’s survival now requires full cooperation and an unwavering belief in Kagan. The battle-hardened warrior is also forced to chose: between duty and desire. Amidst the turmoil, Kagan and Mira’s undeniable passion draws them closer to each other and down a path neither expected but both yearn for, more than they ever knew.

Will love save the day? The world’s fate depends on the answer. Book Trailer for the series: http://youtu.be/vTn0_15T2iY

About the Author:

Traci is the author of paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban

TraciDouglasedge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—

more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.

Traci is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of Seal of Destiny won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.

Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series and a new futuristic suspense series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.

She loves hearing from readers! Connect with Traci here:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon / Pinterest

My Review:

I do like a book crammed with action, and Seal of Destiny definitely delivers that. It’s  a paranormal romance apocalypse, so also offers something different from the usual stories out there.  It’s got some adult sizzle in there, so I’d not recommend it to anyone under 18, but if you’re over then, enjoy!

I liked Mira and Kagan and felt that they served the book well and I’d have preferred to spend more time on them, rather than the many other characters in the book – not to say that they are not welcome or fun also – but I’ve always been attracted to first person books, rather than third and this is primarily why I tend to gravitate toward the main character and can get a bit frustrated when the emphasis falls off them and onto someone else.

As themes go, this one is good vs evil and so has quite an epic feel to it. It’s written well and, although I felt the start was a little confusing, it opens out into an amazing journey with healthy dollops of humor, romance and suspense.

I’d give Seal of Destiny 4 out of 5 stars. Would make a fab TV series, perhaps similar to Supernatural.

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Interview with Brandice Snowden author of Demon’s Veil

DemonSynopsis:

Powerful veils hold Earth apart from realms mortals believe are merely tales of myth and legend. They are opening again, leaving humans vulnerable, and the monsters ready to strike.

Marie Leveau prefers to remain alone and anonymous, for she knows what goes bump in the night, and sacrificing others isn’t part of her personality. But life isn’t always about getting what you want.

Contracted by The Organization, a shadow government agency, Marie is assigned a new Special Ops team, one she must introduce via Paranormal 101 to the very monsters they didn’t believe existed. Marie and her team are sent to Asia in search of an ancient relic, leading them into the jungle and tests of a fragile new bond. Despite the initial distrust, and an unholy battle with a demon-god, the team survives, their lives forever changed and woven into an unbreakable tapestry.

Returning home, the new friends sense the very people responsible for their safety are willing to sacrifice them all in the name of power.

They learn of a prophecy, and The Paladin, the one person able to close the veils and keep the mortals safe.

With few clues, the team must unravel the prophecy and figure out how to close the veils. Or the monsters will use Earth as ground zero, innocents be damned.

About Brandice:

brandiceI grew up around the tall tales and history of Texas. I worked my way through college just because I was told it was out of my reach; earning a degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Along the way I learned to shoot, wield a sword and even met a family ghost or two.

I have been an artist, teacher, military wife, mother and now novelist. I spend my free time indulging in my fantastical side, learning first hand skills my characters use in my books. I have a passion for history and mythology and use much of what I learn to create new worlds.

I currently resides on the Texas/Oklahoma border with the love of my life and my children of both two legged and four legged variety.

 Interview.

Tell us a bit about who you are and your publishing journey…

I am a 34 year old wife and mother.  My friend would say I am quirky; strangers would probably call me weird.  But I’m okay with that.  I enjoy thing like the Society for Creative Anachronism, art, history, and mythology has always appealed to me.

My publishing journey literally started with a dream; actually it was a nightmare.  I had this emotionally wrenching nightmare and turned it into a short story to get it out of my head.  My husband and friends badgered me to give them more of the story, which was how I found NaNoWriMo.  I hadn’t actually seriously considered writing a novel until that point.  One I got started the story just grew.  After winning NaNo, I saw a Curiosity Quills Press contest announcement in a facebook group and thought what the heck.  I had nothing to lose.  Low and Behold, here I am, winner of the contest with my first book “Demon’s Veil” published and the second book in the series nearly completed.

What book are you reading at the moment?

I just finished the newest Jim Butcher, “Skin Games”  and a cute little romance called “What Stays in Vegas” by Beth Labonte.

What is the best, and worst, thing about being an author?

The best thing about being an author is twofold…creating these characters that become such a major part of your life and then sharing them with others.  The worst thing for me at least is the marketing, especially with social media.  I can charm the pants off of you if we are in the same room, but I am still learning the ropes when it comes to charming people via a computer interface.

If you could add one more bit to Demon’s Veil – what would it be?

A holodeck program like you saw on Startrek.  I wish in some scenes that the reader could see what was going through my brain because words fall short sometimes.  But as far as the story, I wouldn’t add anything extra yet.  Once I end the series that may change though.

What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?

The hardest part was my own self talk.  It’s a huge time commitment to write a novel and I often found myself saying, “I don’t know if I can do this.”  But in the end I barrelled through with “just one more page” or “five more minutes of writing.”   It’s amazing how those little goals can add up to such a big goal.

If Demon’s Veil was to be made into a movie – who would be your leads and why?

I would want Hugh Jackman for my Morgan.  He’s buff and sexy but also has a down to earth kind of quality that I like.  Marie is a little harder to cast.  Her character is Creole from Louisiana.  When I was writing her I thought mostly of a cousin of mine (My great grandparents were Cherokee and Creole French).  So I would love to see a Native American actress like Maija Tailfeathers in the part; but I also think there are some really talents African American actresses that could do well also.  I think Alexander Skarsgard would make a great Keiron. I’m not sure who to cast for Alejandro and Milana Delgado. Maybe give a talented newcomer a chance.  I know five leads is a lot, but this book is more of an ensemble cast.

I’m an evil villain taking over the world!! Are you with me? Or against me?

Well that depends….are you Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil, or Chaotic evil? (Yes I know my nerd girl is showing LOL)

What’s your next project?

For the moment I am concentrating on completing the Veil Prophecy Trilogy; but I have also begun plotting an epic fantasy series based on Arthurian legend as well as two romance novel series.  One being a steampunk/mafia series set in the distant future one a new planet.  The other being a a series based on my own take of mythology from around the world.

Where can fans find you online?

Follow me on:

https://www.facebook.com/BrandiceSnowdenWriter

https://twitter.com/brandicesnowden

http://www.brandicesnowden.com/

Demon’s Veil on Amazon:

Genres

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How important is knowing your genre? Incredibly, in fact it’s so important that you really should know the genre before you even start writing. Don’t get me wrong, it can evolve as you write, but do identify which one you’re working in sooner rather than later. Writers who don’t know their genres tend to go for the lazy option of saying they write ‘fiction’ or worse ‘general fiction’. As a writer, if you do this, you’ll end up in a massive slush pile of other lazy writers and worse, publishers won’t know what to do with you! When you approach a publisher or an agent you need to be able to tell them what genre your manuscript fits into, and hopefully add in an extra sub-genre to not only make you sound more exciting, but also to describe your work better.

Below you’ll find a sample list of genre/ sub-genres of horror (can also lend themselves to paranormal romance) along with a few links to examples in film, TV and literature. These can be great for inspiration, so pick a few,  mash them up, heat it all up in the oven of inspiration, and let your readers feast on what you’ve made for them…

Gothic Blue Book:

These are usually set in a churchyard, a monastery/ convent or a gothic castle. Because of the specific location requirements these can be kind of limiting. There’s not much call for this genre any more, as in the past they were considered the Shilling Shockers/ Penny Dreadful and as such were hard to maintain for longer than novella or short story. At a push I’d say Bram Stoker fits in here – although there are few anthologies worth looking at. Burial Day Books are on their 3rd anthology.

Grind House/ Splatterpunk/ Extreme:

Think gore dripping in blood. Think the literary equivalent of a balls-out slasher film. There are probably small difference between them, but really these 3 genres (in my mind) are in the same camp, sat round the same camp fire telling stories that’ll make you nauseous and downright uncomfortable. Crank it up on these – no holds barred! Grey Matter Press have an anthology of this coming out soon called ‘Splatter Lands’.

Psychological:

More tense than horrific, these are the stories that make you think. Could be stalkers, serial killers, or even supernatural monster lead, but the main difference here is that it relies more on the scare than the gore factor. Go for the twist in the tale and have your characters, and their journey, infect your readers mind – make them sleep with the light on. Sometimes it’s what you don’t say that can be the scariest thing of all! The Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay is a great example of this.

Dark Fantasy:

This is a mash up of fantasy and horror. Usually it’s your typical horror story that unfolds in a fantasy realm with characters who could be elves, orcs, wizards and warriors. A serial killer elf, a wizard summons an army of ancient vampire gods who spread a bloody plague across their fair land – you get the idea. Think Game of Thrones on this one – mixing zombie-like creatures and dragons into an epic family saga.

Time Travel:

This sub-genre has always scared me as a writer, as the plot holes could be the size of trucks! Moving back and forth in time plays major roles in all sorts of genres, specially Sci-Fi, but it can also cover travelling to and from parallel dimensions too. If you take this sub-genre on you need to be meticulous in your planning and structure and stick to your world’s parameters like glue. Of course for the romance side there’s the obvious ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffennegger.

Supernatural Noir:

This is one of my favourites. Think The Maltese Falcon with vampires or Humphrey Bogart the werewolf. Noir is set in urban surroundings where the very base of human nature takes over: lust, obsession, paranoia, revenge and corruption. Shady characters with limited morals are a bound. Then mix in a supernatural element and/or creature and bingo! Supernatural Noir

Dystopia:

This is the opposite of Utopian. Think of a society where everything is going wrong and the gap between rich and poor is ever-growing. Where the government looking after the people only seem able to look after themselves – well that’s my rant about modern Britain over! Just kidding! Dystopia is a very interesting sub-genre and it’s whole essence is in the hands of the writer. Remember that, when using this, you really need to ensure an appropriate back story of how things ended up that way. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a classic example of this.

 Speculative Fiction:

This refers to the fiction which lives so far out of the box, that the box itself is a distance memory. It is the genre that pushes the boundaries of all the sub-genres here and really should only be attached to your genre description if you have really pushed that abnormal boat out.

 Urban Fantasy:

The key here is that you have an urban setting with some sort of supernatural or paranormal element – usually monsters. The time period can vary greatly and run from anytime where there’s an urban setting- so from historical to futuristic – so as long as its set in a city, the choice is yours! A great example is Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

 Quiet Horror:

The opposite to Extreme and Splatterpunk. Quiet horror is a sneak attack from the writer. There’s no blood and guts or shocking scenes. Here the atmosphere is crucial, build tension and ramp up the reader’s fear. Crank everything up nice and slow until the reader realises their shoulders are hunched up and they’re holding their breath!

 Dark Suspense and Thriller:

Here’s where the detective and investigatory angles come in. Throwing in some action will land it more on the thriller side. To me these are where the traditional serial killer crime books come in. They’ve got strong visceral horror in spades but the main draw is the trail of clues, along of course with the trail of dismembered bodies! Kiss The Girls is a great example of this one.

 Humorous horror:

 This is a fairly common used sub-genre, but can be very dangerous. The whole point of horror is to scare the reader, the whole point of comedy is to make the reader laugh – it’s hard to tie these together, or it use to be. Now the likes of vampires and werewolves have invaded the main stream, its pretty easy to use them as stooges in comedic situations. The new Johnny Depp film ‘Dark Shadows‘ fits this genre perfectly.

Surreal:

This covers everything that is a bit bizarre – dreams for example are usually described as surreal, they don’t make sense yet still leave you feeling a heady cocktail of emotions.  Like adding banana to a smoothie, adding this into the mix will overpower any other genre, so do use it sparingly. Think, pretty much, any Terry Gilliam film.

 Steam Punk:

This is limited to the time periods of Victorian England and the American Wild West and there has to technology that shouldn’t be there powered by steam. Combining tight corsets, goggles and futuristic technology can make up for the time period restrictions; I particular like adding elements of Steam Punk into other genres, such as Dystopian. There are two strong movie examples of this that I always give when asked about this genre: The Wild Wild West & The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Lovecraft:

H.P. Lovecraft’s work gravitates about the idea that the world is ruled over by an alienesque being which lies just out of sight. Using this as a loose theme can enter in all sorts of possibilities of an outside evil-being pulling man’s strings.  It can lend itself to thriller and quiet horrors, where its suggested that there’s a  great evil on the other side of the door – but the reader never gets to see it. That can be risky though, as I know when I read stories like this I can feel cheated if I don’t get a good look of the monster.

Post-Apocalyptic:

So the end of the world is not just nigh, its actually happened. There’s a number of ways it could happen, and the reason will have a dramatic effect on both your characters and events. The majority of the population have been taken out of the picture and these stories will fixate on a small band of survivors – think The Walking Dead and Falling Skies.

 Erotic Horror:

I hope I don’t have to go too far into this one…that’s really a conversation that your parents should have already broached with you! What I will say is that this is becoming an increasingly popular genre. Make it a good horror and ensure that your explicit sex acts are vital to the plot and not just shoe-horned in there for titillation. You definitely cannot leave the reader at the bedroom door with this one, so find the language that you’re comfortable with and stick with it. Here’s an anthology which is including one of my stories, coming out Valentine’s Day this year: 50 Shades of Decay.

Body Horror:

This encompasses quite a few different angles: disease, parasites, mutation and mutilation. Thinking about it Alien could actually be called a sci-fi body horror, as the most horrific part is that the alien gestates in the human chest, then bursts forth. Also The Tattooist is a great film example.

 Mythic:

As it says on the tin… a horror story that is based on a fable or myth. Roman and Greek myths are rich with plots and characters and can be great foundations for other sub-genres. Great journeys seem also to be covered here and so The Hobbit could also be called a Mythic Fantasy Fable. Careful with these ones though, don’t stick word for word to the originals – we’ve all heard them before.

 Historical:

Any fiction set in an accurate historical time period can sit in this genre – although the events within don’t have to be at all accurate, however I do find that the more you tie to actual events, the more realistic your story becomes. Do your research on this – unless its Steam Punk – you can’t include anything that comes after your chosen time period. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostava is a great example of this genre.

 Supernatural:

Vampires, werewolves, demons, witches, oh my! Well anything beyond the natural applies here. Typically these powerful beings live outside of the normal and have a habit of messing about in human affairs. These are incredibly popular nowadays and adding the Supernatural will spice up any other genre set out here. Not that you need an example, but Anne Rice’s books still rock the supernatural!

Sci-Fi Horror:

The best example of this I can give is the film Event Horizon. It was horrific but set in a Sci-Fi space ship. This can also include alien invasions, science experiments which go horribly wrong, and pretty much any sci-fi theme which can be made scary, fearful or incredibly tense.

Survival Horror

Popular in gaming, these can be amazingly tense too. The trick to a good one, is a large cast of characters which you make the reader care about. Richard Laymon did this to the ‘nth degree. Build up to each death and make them all count, until you you’ve whittled them down to just one survivor – if you want one that is…

 Man-Made Horror:

These really drop in to all the above, but are limited to a man made event of horror. The most famous example is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – in Man Made horrors the protagonist really brings it upon himself, just like the grave robbing scientist. It can also cover viruses, mutation and general pollution – I have a nasty feeling that right now the world is writing this one as we speak!

Monster Mash:

As much as Supernatural can come into this, think less intelligent and more animal-like monsters. Jaws is a great example and let’s not forget all the cryptoid animals out there in our urban legends: Loch Ness, Big Foot, Chupacabra and even zombies to a degree. Or even create your own monster…

Space Opera:

Set in deepest, darkest space and often on faraway planets  where the characters are no strangers to spaceships. Feel free to flaunt the laws of physics here and create intricate character relationships. Aliens are abound and naturally speak English – Star Trek, Star Wars are both loosely under this heading.

Personality horrors:

Usually features people with severe psychological disorders which have been cultivated by society. The film ‘Whatever happened to Baby Jane’ is a great example of this and also the book ‘American Psycho’ by Bret Easton Ellis. If you’re working with a human serial killers, chances are you are writing one of these.

Religious/ Occult

So this would cover all the more religious paranormal and horror concepts such as: possession, devils, witches, demons, angels and even cults with religious ties. These can end up very strong themed stories, so you need to careful if you’re tackling religion – don’t go randomly insulting people and their beliefs for effect. Do your research on this one too, religions have great stories and myths within them and there’s usually a moral component as well. Apex Books have published 2 anthologies called Dark Faith, which are worth a look.

Alternative History

These can be a lot of fun, but also a little scary. What if Hitler won the war? Or if the Guy Fawkes had blown up the Houses of Parliament – the questions themselves open up into rich and horrific stories waiting to be written – Loosely you can count Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter in this genre. You can even take famous books and give them an alternative take – just like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Fairy Tale Horror

Becoming very popular with publishers, fairy tale horrors can be atmospheric and dark. Although to be honest some of them are pretty weird and horrific already! The Grimm’s ‘The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage‘ was just plain crazy and, if you look it up on Wikipedia, you’ll find an incredibly disturbing drawing of it too! There’s hundreds of fairy tales to choose from, so don’t get hung up on the well known Disney ones – look about and let your imagination chew them up and spit out an even more twisted bloody horror.

Now you have a list of sub-genre ingredients you can mix them together and come up with stories that are easy to describe to publishers, and hopefully inspire you to bake up dark batches of yummy scary craziness.  Don’t forget your apron, it can get messy!