01.14.19

Niched

Posted in Kerouac, Life in general, On writing, Running, Writers at 9:06 am by Marion

I’ve started a new short story. It started as a look into a recurring nightmare which over time I realized was also my worst fear.

It seemed interesting to explore it, to examine all the thoughts tied in with that recurring dream. I also described what happened in the dream, as well as my responses to it.

Once I explored the recurring dream, people emerged, deep ideas, fears, and emotions. I found the short story has taken off.

Yet what I’ve figured out is that the story will be a chiller, a “suspense” piece, and clearly a niche work.

Why do we do that? Why do we consider Science Fiction, Horror, Detective, and other types of stories to be “genre” fiction?

Is not one of our greatest writers, Edgar Allen Poe, a “genre” writer? Have you actually read Poe? Today, his work would be shunted into a category, and never see daylight.

So my horror story is in progress. When I have a draft, I’ll put it up.

1 Comment

  1. Gene said,

    January 17, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Poe? A great writer? Hmmm … Let’s discuss. He wrote some memorable fiction but also a lot of junk.

    As far as shunting writers into genres, maybe it is a lazy way to classify (dismissively) writing that relies on certain tropes identified with the genre; for horror, that might include violence, dread, stock characters such as the imperiled beauty, the fearsome “other” (creature, psychopath, undead human, etc.) On the other hand, Joyce Carol Oates has written many “gothic horror” novels that aren’t necessarily considered genre.

    Where am I going with this? In a circle, like a dog chasing its tail.

    Can’t wait to see the first draft of your “genre”/”suspense” story. Woo-hoo!