View Full Version : Favorite Horror Sub-Genre

08-08-2010, 12:07 PM
Do you have a favorite horror sub-genre?

Sci Fi Horror, Lovecraftian Horror, War, Western, Urban, Ghost stories, Psychological, Fantasy, Existential, Gothic, Splatterpunk, etc.

Like most people, I imagine, I feel a good story is a good story regardless of venue. But I am naturally drawn to the more realistic tales of urban horror. Some of my favorites being Ligotti (of course) and T.E.D. Klein. I remember S.T. Joshi saying something to the efftect that he has a more difficult time relating to some of the stories of Clark Ashton Smith than to say Ramsey Campbell.






08-08-2010, 02:30 PM
Hmmm... Right now I'm leaning towards psychological and urban fiction. Usually, I prefer a horror story containing an unexplained supernatural element.

Joe Pulver
08-08-2010, 04:11 PM
Agreed, good is good no matter what its stripe is. As a reader, I lean towards eerie, esoteric, urban, cosmic, and psychological, and I'll take a pass on zombies. I do love ghouls.

08-08-2010, 04:44 PM
I'm sure I could name at least one favorite author for a particular sub-genre, but I'm unequivocally devoted to cosmic/Lovecraftian horror.

08-08-2010, 08:37 PM
Gay Horror!


08-08-2010, 08:45 PM

08-11-2010, 06:19 AM
This is certainly something that has changed for me over the years. When I was a teenager, I was primarily interested in zombies and the slasher-killer sub-genre. In my early twenties, it was mostly visceral/body horror and what has now been christened torture porn by the media, a term I'm not so keen on myself. Since my late twenties, also when I started writing seriously, I've been moving more and towards admiring forms of depressive cosmic horror.