I tend to write dark and forbidding themes in a variety of genres.
My favorite genre is cyberpunk, but finding anything new in that arena is nearly impossible. This tells me the genre has a weak pulse, and as Hollie in my old critique group once said, “You can’t give cyberpunk away these days.” There are quite a few reasons for this phenomenon, but I’ll save that conversation for another forum.
My second favorite genre is fantasy, and I tend to write in the vein of Dennis L. McKiernan and Terry Brooks. Some people in my writer’s group complain about the “unoriginal” format of traditional fantasy, yet those styles of stories continue to sell like hotcakes. I’m not writing in this style or area because of the large market share, but because I love the genre. By sticking with unoriginal formats, I am free to explore the darker corners of fantasy without being required to define the world or environment. My efforts can be more intensely focused on the point of my story.
I’m also a fan of urban fantasy and sling stories about my immortal Roman centurion who works as a bounty hunter for the deities of the ancient world in modern-day San Antonio. It’s quite fun, to be honest. It’s also a harsh and rough living for my protagonist, but I think the more I beat him up, the more I fall in love with the character.
My gloomy and disturbing ideas also naturally lend themselves towards the genre of horror. I have not written much in this direction, but I do give it a good effort from time-to-time. Hank, the resident horror expert in my old critique group, has applauded my efforts, and his kind words keep my head up while I work on developing these skills.
I also dabble a bit in science fiction, but not too much. I tend to start throwing in more science than fiction, and that bothers me as a reader. I know hard science fiction has its place, and there are plenty of fans of this genre. I’m not trying to bash on the genre at all. It’s just not my favorite flavor of cupcake to eat… if you know what I mean.