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Exploring the dark:

Alex Davis looks at the current state of horror publishing by the Big Six and how they see the horror genre


Last month, we spent some time looking at the small and independent aspects of horror publishing, showing a thriving scene with lots of great work coming through, with a similarly growing range of events. As an author, the indie presses can offer fantastic opportunities and recognition for your work – although nobody would deny this can certainly be a very hard way in which to make a living as a writer. Because of this, many writers aspire to a deal with one of the wellknown mainstream presses – but what is the prognosis for horror in that arena, and what opportunities are out there for horror writers with ‘The Big Six’?

Books – the poor relation?

It’s important to remember that the discussion about the current popularity of horror fiction takes place in a setting where horror is extremely popular in other mediums. There is a host of huge horror TV shows out there – American Horror Story, The Walking Dead and Stranger Things leap out as massive recent success stories. And that’s not forgetting horror movies that have left a major impression such as It, Get Out and The Witch. There is a strong sense of things achieving that rare mix of critical success and relative box office success (many horror films are made on modest budgets, so aren’t expected to make hundreds of millions at the box office).

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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