Tuesday, 25 March 2008

World Horror Convention

Yep, you heard me. I'm going to the World Horror Convention next weekend in Salt Lake City.

"But," I hear you say, "You're a Romance writer."

And so I am, mostly. But some of my published stories are a bit dark. Especially that one where Our Heroine attempts to scoop her eyeballs out with a spoon.

Now, there has been a trend for genre-bending the past decade or so. Anyone here read Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series? If so, would you call it romance or horror? Or perhaps both?

I love this new trend for genre-bending. In the 80's and 90's I thought many genre books were starting to get stale with the same old tropes, structures and memes. I mean, there are only so many fantasy quest novels one can read before it all starts looking alike. After all, a McGuffin is a McGuffin.

Then some smart cookies started reading outside their usual genre (which, really, is something every writer should be doing) and started applying the earmarks of one genre to another.

And so we got Fantasy Romance. And Science Fiction Mysteries. And Romantic Horror.

At first, some purists thought this invasion from other genres would dilute or corrupt the genre they knew and loved, but the rest of us realised the trend for what it was--a breath of fresh air.

So now today fans of Romance can stand on a hilltop and say, "all this is ours, and that bit over there," and Horror writers can stand on another hilltop and say, "all this is ours, and that bit over there." And "that bit over there" is a timeshare Victorian home that various genres can enjoy on occasion. (Ne'er you mind the flux capacitor in the basement. It's stable.)

And that's one of the reasons why I'm going to the World Horror Convention. Y'all are welcome to come join me.

P.S. for Holly: I think Richard Armitage would play an excellent Mr Darcy.


Ashley Ladd said...

I love horror and the blend of romantic horror.

What boggles my mind is that the World Horror anything would be in Salt Lake City, LDS mecca of purity and goodness. It seems more than a little ironic.

Zara Penney said...

Heidi, Ashley is right. Salt Lake City - its almost like holding the Beef Breeders Convention in New Delhi.

And bring on the new version of Pride and Prejudice. I collect them all. All the versions are amazingly different.

Fascinating how you can take one story and make different versions along a theme. A bit like our anthologies don't you think??

Lady Heidi, Duchess of Kneale said...

WHC in SLC? yeah. A lot of people wondered about that one as well.

Their secon question was invariably, "Can I get a drink?"

Well, yeah. Utah's not a dry state, and there are other states in the Union that have stricter liquor laws.

Anyone who doubted SLC's ability to pull off a WHC missed out on one of the best WHCs in a long time.

Holly Greenfield said...

I don't know, Heidi... I think Richard looks to villainous... however, I am biased when it comes to Matthew McFadden. :-)