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Horror Genres and Sub-genres | A DISCUSSION

Have you ever started a horror novel and struggled to clearly define what category it slotted into? Yes, well you my friend, are in the right place. This discussion piece will be split into four parts and will aim to narrow down the sub-genres with an info sheet to make it easier.

What is in a horror novel and just how can it be categorized? It’s certainly a difficult dilemma. I don’t shy away from the fact that I’m a massive geek and i love an amazing graphic to highlight my point! I’ve always thought that horror is an outstanding genre that shows the depths of both depravity and the human condition. I love it!

This genre can be a maze of different genres but it sure was fun researching this post. This won’t be a concise list as it will change with different readers but this is how I personally see it.


I started with this as most horror sub-genres have an element of gore or disturbing themes contained within. This genre however seems to go over and above what you would collectively expect from a traditional horror novel. I have included; Torture, Splatter, Cannibal and Extreme.

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What is your favourite sub genre in the horror genre? What makes you love it or enjoy it the way you do? Let me know in the comments.


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