This list comes from.
I’m still looking for more science fiction subgenres so this list isn’t enough for me. But, it is a good place to start. Also great as inspiration when you get stuck for ideas or have ideas and can’t pin them down.
- Child in Peril: involving the abduction and/or persecution of a child.
- Comic Horror: horror stories that either spoof horror conventions or that mix the gore with dark humor.
- Creepy Kids: horror tale in which children – often under the influence of dark forces – begin to turn against the adults.
- Dark Fantasy: a horror story with supernatural and fantasy elements.
- Dark Mystery/Noir: inspired by hardboiled detective tales, set in an urban underworld of crime and moral ambiguity.
- Erotic Vampire: a horror tale making the newly trendy link between sexuality and vampires, but with more emphasis on graphic description and violence.
- Fabulist: derived from “fable,” an ancient tradition in which objects, animals or forces of nature are anthropomorphized in order to deliver a moral lesson.
- Gothic: a traditional form depicting the encroachment of the Middle Ages upon the 18th century Enlightenment, filled with images of decay and ruin, and episodes of imprisonment and persecution.
- Hauntings: a classic form centering on possession by ghosts, demons or poltergeists, particularly of some sort of structure.
- Historical: horror tales set in a specific and recognizable period of history.
- Magical Realism: a genre inspired by Latin-American authors, in which extraordinary forces or creatures pop into otherwise normal, real-life settings.
- Psychological: a story based on the disturbed human psyche, often exploring insane, altered realities and featuring a human monster with horrific, but not supernatural, aspects.
- Quiet Horror: subtly written horror that uses atmosphere and mood, rather than graphic description, to create fear and suspense.
- Religious: horror that makes use of religious icons and mythology, especially the angels and demons derived from Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost.
- Science-Fiction Horror: SF with a darker, more violent twist, often revolving around alien invasions, mad scientists, or experiments gone wrong.
- Splatter: a fairly new, extreme style of horror that cuts right to the gore.
- Supernatural Menace: a horror tale in which the rules of normal existence don’t apply, often featuring ghosts, demons, vampires and werewolves.
- Technology: stories featuring technology that has run amok, venturing increasingly into the expanding domain of computers, cyberspace, and genetic engineering.
- Weird Tales: inspired by the magazine of the same name, a more traditional form featuring strange and uncanny events (Twilight Zone).
- Young Adult: horror aimed at a teen market, often with heroes the same age, or slightly older than, the reader.
- Zombie: tales featuring dead people who return to commit mayhem on the living.
- Alternate History: speculative fiction that changes the accepted account of actual historical events, often featuring a profound “what if?” premise.
- Arthurian Fantasy: reworkings of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
- Bangsian Fantasy: stories speculating on the afterlives of famous people.
- Biopunk: a blend of film noir, Japanese anime and post-modern elements used to describe an underground, nihilistic biotech society.
- Children’s Fantasy: a kinder, gentler style of fantasy aimed at very young readers.
- Comic: fantasy or science fiction that spoofs the conventions of the genre, or the conventions of society.
- Cyberpunk: stories featuring tough outsiders in a high-tech near-future where computers have produced major changes in society.
- Dark Fantasy: tales that focus on the nightmarish underbelly of magic, venturing into the violence of horror novels.
- Dystopian: stories that portray a bleak future world.
- Erotic: SF or fantasy tales that focus on sexuality.
- Game-Related Fantasy: tales with plots and characters similar to high fantasy, but based on a specific role-playing game like Dungeons and Dragons.
- Hard Science Fiction: tales in which real present-day science is logically extrapolated to the future.
- Heroic Fantasy: stories of war and its heroes, the fantasy equivalent of military science fiction.
- High/Epic Fantasy: tales with an emphasis on the fate of an entire race or nation, often featuring a young “nobody” hero battling an ultimate evil.
- Historical: speculative fiction taking place in a recognizable historical period.
- Mundane SF: a movement that spurns fanciful conceits like warp drives, wormholes and faster-than-light travel for stories based on scientific knowledge as it actually exists.
- Military SF: war stories that extrapolate existing military technology and tactics into the future.
- Mystery SF: a cross-genre blend that can be either an SF tale with a central mystery or a classic whodunit with SF elements.
- Mythic Fiction: stories inspired, or modeled on, classic myths, legends and fairy tales.
- New Age: a category of speculative fiction that deals with occult subjects such as astrology, psychic phenomena, spiritual healing, UFOs and mysticism.
- Post-Apocalyptic: stories of life on Earth after an apocalypse, focusing on the struggle to survive.
- Romance: speculative fiction in which romance plays a key part.
- Religious: centering on theological ideas, and heroes who are ruled by their religious beliefs.
- Science Fantasy: a blend in which fantasy is supported by scientific or pseudo-scientific explanations.
- Social SF: tales that focus on how characters react to their environments – including social satire.
- Soft SF: tales based on the more subjective, “softer” sciences: psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.
- Space Opera: a traditional good guys/bad guys faceoff with lots of action and larger-than-life characters.
- Spy-Fi: tales of espionage with SF elements, especially the use of high-tech gadgetry.
- Steampunk: a specific type of alternate history in which characters in Victorian England have access to 20th century technology.
- Superheroes: stories featuring characters endowed with superhuman strengths or abilities.
- Sword and Sorcery: a classic genre often set in the medieval period, and more concerned with immediate physical threats than high or heroic fantasy.
- Thriller SF: an SF story that takes on the classic world-at-risk, cliffhanger elements of a thriller.
- Time-Travel: stories based on the concept of moving forward or backward in time, often delving into the existence of parallel worlds.
- Urban Fantasy: a fantasy tale in which magical powers and characters appear in an otherwise normal modern context, similar to Latin American magical realism.
- Vampire: variations on the classic vampire legend, recently taking on many sexual and romantic variations.
- Wuxia: fantasy tales set within the martial arts traditions and philosophies of China.
- Young Adult: speculative fiction aimed at a teenage audience, often featuring a hero the same age or slightly older than the reader.
I found this on Twitter. The post has been up awhile, there are a lot of answers. Before you look, think of the woman you would add. Mine is posted there (and below here) too.Source: HorrorMovies.ca
Yvonne De Carlo – Lily Munster gave horror a woman’s face and humour for me. She comes to mind first.
What a fun thing for writers to do. Show your personality and show off your writing genre with a selfie. Other genre writers should get together on this idea.
What would non-fiction writers do?
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