Yet, within the horror genre there are sub-genres. In the article "What Type of Book Are You Writing?" from the magazine Writing Basics, author Michael J.Vaughn breaks down genres such as romance and Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but most importantly: Horror.
Here are a few types of sub-genres Vaughn mentions that the editors of Tainted Tea particularly get hot for:
- Comic Horror: horror stories that wither spoof horror conventions or that mix gore with dark humor.
- Fabulist: derived from "fable," an ancient tradition in which objects, animals or forces of nature are anthropomorphized in order to deliver a moral lesson.
- Hauntings: a classic form centering on possession by ghosts, demons or poltergeists, particularly of some sort of structure.
- Quiet Horror: subtly written horror that uses atmosphere and mood, rather than graphic description, to create fear and suspense.
- Weird Tales: inspired by the magazine of the same name, a more traditional form featuring strange and uncanny events ("Twilight Zone").
- Zombie: tales featuring dead people who return to commit mayhem on the living.