According to the UK Independent, horror is set to be one of the coolest literary trends of 2007.
According to Nielsen BookScan, which compiles the nation’s book charts, sales of titles classified as horror and ghost stories almost doubled…in 2005. The number of copies sold increased from 566,000 in 2005 to almost one million (892,000) over the same period. Though old-school writers including Herbert, Dean Koontz and Shaun Hutson continue to dominate, new names are emerging, though not all are classified as horror.
The article goes on to discuss genre rat-holes and how some authors (like Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box) are crossing genre boundaries into mainstream fiction, or vice versa.
[via Mark Chadbourn]