Distinguishing between horror and dark fantasy by intent is a smartass move, miz! Love it. :)
Horror wants to scare, frighten and surprise, and Dark Fantasy wants to explore the darkness. Superb!
By this definition, I think the kind of fiction I love most (both in novels, short stories and movies) is dark science-fiction. Is there such a genre? Hope so. The exploration of the dark side of existence through aliens and the creepiness of open space, you know, that freakin huge untamable and inscrutable wilderness where we're utterly helpless sitting ducks? Yeah.
Thanks for the awesome genre definitions!
Actually, dark fantasy and sci-fi do cross over to create what you're describing. What's it called? Pfft. Could very well be dark sci-fi. I'm not sure, but I love that kind of story too. :)
You helped me a little! I am having a lot of trouble figuring out what my novel is--horror, dark sci fi, dark fantasy? There are no vampires or monsters but there is an evil place that can animate forms and there is a well intentioned ghost. My story is creepy but there is no gore. The intent is to frighten and mystify.
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