Four Of The Craziest Sub-Genres in Fiction!

Get in! Because we’re taking a look at four of the craziest sub-genres in fiction. Maybe you’ll find a new sub-genre to add to your TBR!

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I will say, without a doubt, that fiction has it’s own fair share of sub-genres across different genres. From fantasy, mystery to romance, horror and such, there’s a lot of sub-genres; some are known, while others aren’t really well known. That being said, this article is here to grant you, fellow book lovers, the introduction (or reintroduction) to these (really crazy) sub-genres! With that said, the first one that’s hitting us at slow, yet unusual speeds is:

Weird Fiction

Weird Fiction is one of the more lesser known sub-genres in the fiction sub-genre family. It’s a sub-genre of fiction which uses various aspects from fantasy, horror, and supernatural fiction- while also including alien monsters that aren’t the ones that you usually see or read. Among the well-known authors that have dabbled in this sub-genre are the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, M.R. James, Jeff VanderMeer, and Edgar Allen Poe. E.A.P, however, is usually credited for being the pioneer of this sub-genre. The sub-genre usually revolves around a nice mixture of both awe and fear mainly. Notable works include The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, the Edgar Allen Poe classics, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, and The Scar by China Miévelle.

Up next is:

Science Fantasy

I’ll be honest- this is one of my favorites. Science fantasy is a “hybrid” sub-genre of science fiction, in which it combines the elements of both science fiction and fantasy. Though there’s a noticeable combination of the elements, there’s a chance that the story might lean a little more towards one genre than the other. Expect dragons and knights with aliens, mechs, spaceships, and fancy space sorcerers (like the Jedi maybe). Notable works (and authors) within the sub-genre include, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir, Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell, A Big Ship At The Edge Of The Universe by Alex White, and Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee.

Coming up next in the list is:


This is a really amazing one too! Unlike dystopian and cyberpunk fiction, which focuses on a dark future with a government ruling with an iron fist, mass poverty and such (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins probably comes to mind and others), solarpunk can be seen as the anti-thesis of that. Solarpunk is a relatively young science fiction sub-genre- and an ongoing movement- that focuses on a more brighter, hopeful future that’s free of major environmental and societal issues. A major aspect of solarpunk, is nature and technology co-existing together; combined with cities of green. Notable works and authors of this sub-genre include Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers by Sarena Ulibarri and Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation by Wagner Phoebe & Brontë Christopher Wieland.

Last but not least, we got:

Psychological Thriller

This one’s interesting because it combines both elements of the thriller, and the psychological. It has similarities to the likes of detective fiction too! Usually in stories revolving around this sub-genre, we’re put into the shoes of characters who are stressed, all while trying to figure out the mystery that’s in front of them. With a mix of paranoia, crime, mystery and drama, this one will most likely keep you on the edge of your seat! Notable works and authors include the legendary Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Misery by Stephen King, Lakewood by Megan Giddings, and The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris.

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