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I write horror. I read horror. I watch horror. I have nightmares, and then I read and watch more because I love horror. I consume horror.
Here in the Alley, I'm the resident representative of horror fiction in new adult, and right now, in new adult, there aren't many books yet published in the horror genre. However, this is not a reflection of how well new adult could serve horror, or be served by horror. Horror, in fact, would flourish within the new adult scope and, in return, strengthen the relevance of new adult.
At it's heart, horror is metaphoric. What's frightening about horror is not only the realism of what scares us, but the deeper metaphors that show us what we -- as humans -- are capable of; how our human capacity for love and empathy is so easily twisted into rage and selfishness.
"There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand."
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. Letter 1.)
While there are only a few new adult horror books at this time, it's a genre that should be developed and promoted going forward. As our characters become adults, what can we say about them -- and, therefore, about ourselves -- through a genre that makes realistic development dependent on metaphoric explorations? How do our characters deal with what scares them the most while simultaneously learning how to survive and thrive in adulthood? The horror genre provides readers and writers a unique lens through which to focus on our characters’ capacities for growth.
As the horror representative here at the Alley, I am not solely interested in reading horror stories with a new adult twist; though, I certainly spend time doing just this. I also want to promote new adult horror and see the number of horror stories being written, published, and read increase.
To this end, for now, I am compiling a comprehensive list of new adult horror reads, both predating the term "new adult" and since the term has taken hold in publishing. (If you have suggestions for books to be included on this list, please tweet or message me, or comment below.) I find the biggest obstacle for genre lovers like myself is finding what I want to read. A crucial first step in promoting and encouraging genre growth is connecting readers to books, and that's what this forthcoming recommendation list will do.