The Care & Feeding of Genre: Pulp, Lit, and Why “Bad” Horror Matters


Here is another excellent post on Horror by the extraordinary blogger,
K. C. Redding-Gonzalez!

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

For every writer who feels there are just not enough venues in which to sell their work, there are often essays and outbursts from editors who vent their frustration at such claims, citing a certain laziness or lack of talent or persistence in the unpublished. Adding salt to those wounds, they complain that they are overwhelmed by mediocre if not poor writing, and a genuine lack of imagination—never seeing the forest for the trees: that “bad” writing is the price of admission in Horror. Then they go and pull off the scab and suggest that there are “plenty” of resources for the diligent…

I respectfully disagree. If there were, self-publishing would not be so prominent a “remedy” to getting new writing out there, and so many writers would not be giving up on Horror.

What will our Establishment do when the light show that is Stephen King is gone? When…

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6 thoughts on “The Care & Feeding of Genre: Pulp, Lit, and Why “Bad” Horror Matters

  1. I’m sure it’s just me, but as I’ve grown older, the impossible has appealed less and less. I’ll take the improbable from time to time, but the ludicrously implausible? My rational mind refuses to go there anymore. I used to gorge myself on the fantastical. Lately? If a story doesn’t appear to contain a contiguous thread of plausibility? My incredulous old-foguey self scoffs and moves on.

    The Girl With All the Gifts was one I felt *could* happen as it was based on existing if wildly plausible science. Every other zombie story? Sorry, the laws of thermodynamics shuts them right down.

    I mention all this as I’m curious as to whether others have been afflicted with such a Doubting Thomas syndrome?

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