Hmmm… just wrote a ’90s high school grunge mystery—semi-autobiographical—that ended up at 11,000 words (after cutting from 13,000)…
In lieu of the current unmarketability of such an endeavor, I am here and now
claiming invention rights and credits for a new sub-genre: PARANORMAL-GRUNGE
I.e. should anyone else follow in my footsteps, you must credit as follows:
** The term was coined in 2018 by Eric J. Guignard via social media post. **
PARANORMAL-GRUNGE THRILLER: A specific form of Mystery sub-genre, similar in
generalities to sub-genre definitions such as “Cozy,” or “Y.A.” but with distinction
of slightly darker elements and situations as well as being set specifically in
the “grunge-era” of the 1990s; Paranormal-Grunge Thrillers also include a
supernatural element, and may be widely classified as a mystery or thriller, by
which the main character (generally the author in his/her teen or college years)
must solve a crime or puzzle.
A proto-Paranormal-Grunge Thriller is the novelette by Eric J. Guignard, “Up at
Spadra, Where the Dead Don't Exist” (2018).
Publishers forthwith rejoice! I am offering you the chance for a unique and (*potentially*!)