This week we will be starting a new weekly post. Horror! This is partially because it was requested and partially because we have decided on the website to move the weekly Erotica post to the new weekly newsletter. Look out for a post about that over the weekend! 

But back to work.

The Horror Charts are busy this week, Stephen King’s, The Outsider, is still present on the charts more than a year after it first came out. Perhaps this is because of news about a TV show that will be based on the book. Also, a new Anthology featuring numerous authors, perhaps the best known being Neil Gaiman, Ruby slippers, Golden Tears, is out and selling extremely well. These two books are quite different, The Outsider, tells the tale of a police procedural interrupted by what appears to be a doppelganger, while the anthology is full of fairy tale retellings and well known stories pulled a little out of their usual outline, to make them Horror. These two books both use legends, myths, and fairy tales as a base, but build on that base to make their stories new and original. This shows that it is not just the familiarity with an author’s name which helps a book sell well, but also with some of the tropes, niches and trends in the story itself.

It’s not just Stephen King who is selling well with books filled with murder, serial killers are selling well this week, L. T. Vargus and Tim McBain’s, Violet Darger series has two books on the list, while Jeff Carson’s, Cold Lake, is also popular. These books are police procedural stories with a high body count, and the main characters are often explicitly under threat from the killer.

Also very popular in the Horror Genre this week is Apocalyptic and Post Apocalyptic stories, the reason for the Apocalypse can be from EMPs to Plagues, to Vampires, with a lot of variety even among books with a similar premise. T. L. Payne’s, Days of Want series, is one such example. It maps the life of the characters from just before the EMP and Cyber attacks which destroy the technological backbone of society, to the time long after when people are trying their best to survive, and the Horror elements are created by the actions of other people, rather than anything more mysterious.

Unlike in this week’s Paranormal Romance, where Vampires were losing their place in the supernatural pecking order, Vampires are doing very well this week. Typically taking the role of anti-hero or villain, they are not so much misunderstood as underestimated, with plenty of dead bodies in their wake. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of gore in this niche, and less Romance than in other sections of the Genre.

Gamelit and LitRPG books are selling very well this week in this genre as well. Some are of the more Hack and Slash style, while there is also room for stories set in worlds based on Strategic Resource Games. But most interesting of all is the return of one of the most famous series in or adjacent to this sub-genre, R. A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Series, which features one of the most famous Table Top Game characters of all time, Dungeons and Dragons’ Drizzt Do’Urden, Dark Elf and hero. 

Fantasy, in fact, is hugely popular in this genre this week. While the books are generally on the darker side, with body counts that out the books about serial killers to shame, they are still very clearly Fantasy. Mostly High Fantasy, often of the Grim Dark subsection of Fantasy (versus Noble Bright on the other side) these books are often led by a male lead and he is often looking to grow his power, fight hordes of evil monsters, or similarly allow readers to enjoy a power fantasy through his actions. This is a step away from a lot of the other books in the genre, where it is less about enjoying the actions of the characters, as it is feeling their emotions as they experience the actions of others and how they impact them.

So, a lot to think about from this genre. Horror, it appears, is another one of these genres that is less a clear list of things for a writer to include, and more a tone or atmosphere. The niches and trends in this week’s chart are as varied as any of the larger categories like History or Fantasy. 

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