Originally Posted by CDFS
Thx, I may give it a try.
Although if you have only one rec, it may be fair to say you have little love for the genre an sich.
The genre has loads of issues -- namely that it never tends to take itself seriously, and that because the books are plot-driven and premised upon action the characters tend to bounce around between ghosts/zombies/aliens/whatever screaming at each encounter and doing little else.
The books which have a dark theme or setting don't really rely on plot and hence are not 'horror' or 'sci-fi'. They include more traditional and often more mature elements of style and structure which have deeper roots than the cheap shocks of horror stories (cf. Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde); that is, such stories may have elements of the 'horror' genre (soulless constructs, evil alter-egos), but those elements are not intended just to shock the characters or reader. Horror stories, however, are often so necessarily sensational that they leave no room for nuances of other feelings or ideas and are inherently shallow -- as soon as the shocks mature into other ideas the book ceases to be 'horror' and becomes something else.