Is Horror a dirty word in the publishing industry?

A writer friend of mine once mentioned that even if they wrote horror, they would market it to potential agents and publishers as a thriller or mystery. Horror, it seems, is a dirty word in the publishing industry.

I don’t have any stats to back this up. I looked, and the stats are either dated, or the sample size is too small. So, I don’t know how true this is. I know horror is a niche market. Either you like horror, or you don’t. No one, for the most part, is in the middle. The only authors I know who write mainstream horror is Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill. Both awesome and they have both more than earned their place in the mainstream market. People continually give them a chance because they are a household name, and in my experience, they never let the reader down. But what do you do if you’re not one of them? Change genres?

I love writing. It is a great escape. It’s like a movie of my own making playing out in my head, with the characters surprising the heck out of me as they manoeuvre through my grey matter landscape.

See, I don’t plan my books. I write, letting the characters flesh out a little idea I had. Then I refine it, and refine it, and refine it. I can only write horror. I couldn’t change genres even if I wanted to. And thinking about it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve said it before, and I’m going to say it again; horror is one genre in which the reader can experience the entire gamut of human emotion. It’s all there, and there is usually an awesome villain or villains in the mix. Who doesn’t like villains and the heroes who take them down?

I have to say though, when I read comments about the gore in my books, I’m kind of surprised. I shouldn’t be. It’s right there in front of me, but with what I read and watch, I think I’m not that gory, really. But I must be wrong. Right?

If you love horror, and don’t mind a little gore, let’s show the publishing industry that horror is a marketable, profitable genre, shall we? Read horror. Watch horror. Support horror. Talk about horror.

What are your thoughts on horror? What, in your opinion, is the most popular genre?

John Hunt is the best-selling horror author of DOLL HOUSE, THE TRACKER, and OFF THE GRID. His newest book, MURDER RUN, is now available on Amazon.

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Creative and crafty horror people… The Doll House sequel is rolling along, and of course, more Murder Run reviews… Bam!

I have a little corner in my room, right by the window, that has my desk, my monitors and is my place to write stories and listen to music when I have the time. And I’m looking to decorate my little corner of bliss with what I like. I am not the type of person who thinks a Spartan atmosphere prevents distractions. My brain is the distraction, and when I decide to write and focus, I usually have no problem doing so. I actually like to have images, phrases, or art to inspire me. Hence, my search for decorations.

So, I turned to Google, and Google sent me to Etsy, and Etsy sent me to these pages, with these images:

Cool stickers for the laptop.

Crocheted dolls!

Cross stitchin’!

And 3D signage!

What do I choose? Help! Pretty cool what your interests can do for you. Here are a bunch of people, clearly passionate about horror, making something out of nothing, and sharing it with the world. Love it.

If you love this sort of stuff, I suggest you check them out. You just might find something for your wall.

DOLL HOUSE SEQUEL

The Doll House sequel is surprising me. The characters are taking me for a ride. That Olivia is the most surprising of the bunch. I’m loving it, and I know you will too. In case you missed it, the link to the book is below. 934 Amazon reviews and a 4.3 star rating. Get it!

MURDER RUN

Oh, and how is Murder Run doing? Raking in the four and five star reviews, that’s how. So, what are you waiting for? For the price of a coffee and a donut, muffin, cookie, whatever, you can have hours of terrifying entertainment. And let me know what you think. I can’t get better without your insight.

Horror stories and fun, all right here.

Parasite. Another movie we had to see. Another movie with subtitles that didn’t annoy Kyle… yeah. Our Kyle is growing up!

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This is such a good movie. It deserves all the awards and accolades it has received already and will receive in the future. Brilliant!

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The Bestselling Doll House  and;

Horror Talks top ten horror books of 2018, The Tracker and;

end of the world novella titled, Balance and;

a short story anthology that was written by yours truly: 4 Shots of Horror!

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