The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ twice a month. Yes, it’ll take me a year. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.
humor that touches on the darker sides of storytelling such as death and fear; also known as black humor, dark humor, dark comedy, morbid humor, and gallows humor
- Find humor in the negative results from or aspects of situations.
- Often, it makes light of subject matter that would generally be considered taboo (such as gallows humor).
- Explore vulgar issues that will make readers uncomfortable but appeal to your core readers.
- Popular themes include discrimination, disease, and human sexuality.
- You might focus on police officers, firefighters, ambulance crews, morticians who make their days more palatable with gallows humor.
- Black Humor (an anthology edited by Bruce Jay Friedman)
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- In Bruges by Martin McDonagh
- Let Me Watch You Make Love by Black
- Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
More B Genres:
Help me crowdsource the books
This year, instead of searching for popular books in each genre, I’ll crowdsource them–include books as often as possible written by Indie authors. That means yours. Here’s how you get involved:
- Go through the list of genres (and subgenres) below. They are less common than the usual so you’ll have to read the definitions and decide where your books fit. If you’re close, that’s good enough. For example: If you write suspenseful historical fiction, add your name to “historical suspense”.
- In the comments, tell me your name, your book, a link to where it’s sold, and the genre it fits.
- If no genre fits your books, give me your favorites in a genre. I’ll still credit you with a linkback.
- When I get to that genre (between April 1, 2021 and about two years later), I’ll put your book in the list of examples with a link to where it can be purchased. If you suggested a book, I’ll link to your blog.
That’s it! I sure hope you play along with me on this!
Here’s the genre list (links aren’t live until publication).
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.