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Is it relevant to cross horror with realistic fiction, and what authors have done this?

It is relevant and feasible to cross horror with realistic fiction. Stephen King has more or less done this through his numerous novels, as well as RL Stine of the Goosebumps series.

An issue comes up when you address how "realistic" you want your fiction to be. The more realistic the fiction is, the less wiggle room for the horror. For example, at its strictest, realistic fiction won't allow for real werewolves, vampires, etc. (although psychopaths could masquerade as them).

Of course, horror is not only about blood, gore, monsters, tense mysteries, etc. Horror is an expression of one of humanity's darkest, most primitive emotion: fear. Fear is still with us today, strong as ever, and this is partly why horror with realistic fiction is relevant.

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I can answer almost any question on the mechanics that go into writing a full-length novel (80,000-100,000 words): characterization, setting, plot, world-building, dialogue, etc. I can answer some questions on the aspect of publishing, but I'm not one hundred percent familiar with it. I specialize in science fiction, fantasy crossovers (sometimes called science-fantasy) and am very familiar with the idea and technique of crossing genres, such as horror with science fiction, romance, and western.


I have been writing for almost ten years now as a hobby.

High School graduate with close to 45 hours of concurrent classes, most of them English and creative writing classes. I have taken literature classes as high as the 400 mark.

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