Top Five Horror Book Subgenres ~ K. T. Rose

This one’s for all you fans of horror fiction! K. T. Rose graciously compiled a list of suggestions to see you through the holidays.

There are many subgenres that fall underneath the vast genre we know as horror. Some of these subgenres are a blend between horror and another popular genre. For instance: dark fantasy (horror and fantasy), dark fiction (horror and suspense), dystopia/zombie (horror and sci fi), and many more. I put a list together naming my top five favorite horror subgenres.

Historical: Horror with a historical twist? Uh, yes please. There’s nothing more fun than a terrifying plot that takes place way back when. Although the historical elements are realistic, it makes for a fascinating adventure due to the lack of technology. This high stake makes for a truly horrifying story. My favorite historical horror is Savage by Richard Laymon and I incorporated some historical elements into my new novel, The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel.

Dark Fiction: Insane serial killers, true crime at its grittiest, and all around madness is what you’ll get when you look into the souls of the darkest human beings ever imagined (if it isn’t based on a true story). Dark fiction gives you a peek into the side of life most of us like to ignore because it is TRUE HORROR. Often too close to reality, dark fiction is delivered grimly where the writer isn’t afraid to spill blood on the pages while painting a tapestry made of gore, aghast, and final girls. Aside from my entire repertoire of books at the moment, my favorite dark fiction novel is Endless Night by Richard Laymon.

Paranormal: Ghosts and haunted things send a chill up my spine. The unknown is a vast place, and the paranormal world is one that many people are skeptical about. But as humans, we shy away from the things we don’t seem to understand. Ouija boards, seances, and even graveyards can play with the imagination. Why not dabble? Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill is my favorite paranormal book, and my recent novel, The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel, is also a paranormal horror novel.

Zombie/Dystopian: I love zombie series (from movies, books, video games, and TV shows alike) because it plants an intense sense of urgency in my gut. It’s a hell of an adventure, leaving me wanting, and causing me to do nothing but read for weeks until I reach the end. Reading about characters on the brink of death and fighting to survive a global catastrophe beyond their control is both terrifying and insanely entertaining. My favorite zombie/ dystopian book series is The Purge of Babylon by Sam Sisavath. I just started listening to Zombie Road on Audible as I made my way back to Lake Michigan from Detroit about an hour ago. It’s exciting, and I just found my reason for blowing all my family and friends off for a couple weeks 😊

Occult: When I think Occult, I think vampires, werewolves, witches, and beings that have been altered or possessed by magic, religion, or just from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I like to place demonism in this category as well because the demons of hell like to come onto earth and mess around with our character’s minds. I’m writing a couple novels right now that messes around with these very ideas! I have to name Needful Things by Stephen King as my favorite occult novel.

Well there we have it: a complete list of my favorite horror subgenres. What’s yours?

Now that K.T.’s got you warmed up, how about….

This is my stop during the blog tour for The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K.T. Rose. The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel is a new standalone supernatural horror book.

This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 15 December. See the tour schedule here:

The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel

By K.T. Rose

Genre: Supernatural Horror

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 4 November 2020


Pride and greed infect the soul, anchoring the dead to Gallagher Hotel.

When Chris, a master thief, and Riley, a contract waitress, get mysterious invites to an exclusive party at the haunted Gallagher Hotel, they discover that there is more at play than simple celebrations.

Hidden truths are revealed, and all hell breaks loose. But the “party” has just begun.

Now, Chris and Riley face their demons as they fight to survive a hellish nightmare full of spoiled secrets, carnage, and vengeful spirits lost to the hotel dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

Will they survive the night? Or will their souls be devoured by the most haunted building in Michigan?

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About the Author:

K.T. Rose is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at and is the author of a suspenseful short story series titled Trinity of Horror, an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing, and A Dark Web Horror Series. She also writes supernatural and paranormal horror novels and short stories. 

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