Haint Blue Now Up on AO3

All of Haint Blue is now up on Archive of Our Own. I made a few edits and added some notes; hopefully this will be an entertaining bit.

(That hopefully also draws in more potential readers when the book is ready to go live!)

Of course it does give some spoilers; here are the main characters, here’s some of what they can do, and yes they both survive the first book. But then again, given the genre, that’s probably a given, so. πŸ˜‰

Speaking of – what genre is this? I mean, I’ve read that the way you tell the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal romance is, if you take out the romance, does the story still work? If so, it’s UF. If not, it’s paranormal romance. By that standard, this is a paranormal romance.

Then again it’s really, really light on the romance elements. And it’s not urban!

Does anyone have advice on a better genre classification?

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27 thoughts on “Haint Blue Now Up on AO3

  1. Genre:

    Ceder Sanderson maybe does something similar. I’m not sure if Possum Creek Massacre is something she did that is similar.

    I’ve apparently hit depression again, because my sense of humor is insisting on the joke of “Hate/Racism”.

    I would try to run it by Dorothy Grant, and/or Alma Boykin. I think they would tell you that Paranormal Romance will not be getting you buyers who will give you good reviews. I think Grant and Boykin would appreciate it not having the sort of character decisions that are of the pornographic style.

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  2. Paranormal Romance makes me think smut, even if I don’t know the official classifications. I like the story, but tiny edit, when you wrote about the ladder being conductive you wrote lighting instead of lightning.

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  3. It reminds me of Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee which google claimed was contemporary fantasy as one tag; also saw urban fantasy tagged despite it taking place in a small Maine beach town. (We need a genre that’s urban fantasy minus the urban.)

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    1. I mean, I’ve always understood “urban fantasy” to be “fantasy alongside what we think of as “modern/everyday/real life,” as opposed to “historical fantasy,” basically urban fantasy but in the past); “hidden world fantasy” which may be “real world” but the magic is kept separate (a la Harry Potter); or “high and low fantasy,” which puts the story in a totally separate world. But I’m also a “biologist” and hoo boy, is that a catch-all term…

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  4. I’d go with Urban Fantasy, it doesn’t sell quite as well, but you also won’t have people writing angry reviews about sex/lack thereof.

    And yeah, the “New World” has some really ancient bits and bobs. And depending where you are, a long history of our own gribbles. There’s some on the monsters in the underworld under Crater Lake that can match a fair amount out there.

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  5. Re: the dead, remember that a lot of Protestant groups regard prayer for the dead as straight up idolatry, although in practice there is a lot of cemetery visiting and decorating.

    There are also “soul sleep” beliefs that the souls of the dead are unconscious of anything going on, and that they may in fa t be still in their bodies instead of in Heaven or Hell. (I think some of these groups are salvation assurance, and also often believe the Last Judgment/general judgement is the only one, so they couldn’t be in heaven until the general resurrection and judgment anyway.)

    The solution back in some US places was “sin eating,” where someone agrees/contracts formally to take on the sins of the dying or dead person, and to “pray them off” by making reparations in an all night vigil.

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    1. This is true. But Appalachian traditions have some odd spots besides just Catholic and Protestant – there are several in the hills who are nominally Methodist or Baptist, but are considered “unchurched”. I.e., the family had a falling-out with the minister of the time who knows how many generations ago and hasn’t set foot in a sermon since.

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      1. That, and “Bob had a revelation” or “Bob has a new way to interpret Scripture” or “Bob listened to every circuit rider who showed up and also made friends with all kinds of odd people.” Lots and lots and lots of freedom of religion. Which is not a bad thing, when sincere.

        Also, lots of peddlers. There was a market for Christian religious pictures and books, and a lot of the peddlers were Jewish and just picked up whatever. So a lot of mountain people had stuff like pictures of Jesus showing His Sacred Heart, just because they liked it when they saw it, and had no idea it was Catholic.

        I don’t know much about changes in American funeral customs in Appalachia vs the rest of the world. I know that a lot of people with family from there fully expect to be buried up in some family cemetery on some family mountain, even if they live somewhere far away.

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    1. I suggest strongly if you haven’t, look up Manly Wade Wellman. A lot of people just know John the Balladeer, but he wrote a *lot* of rural fantasy, ranging in time from the 1860s to the 1970s and a lot of it was real folklore.

      Also, just plain *fun*.

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  6. I second (third? Seventh? IDK) everyone saying to go with urban fantasy as opposed to paranormal romance. Even aside from the general smutty expectations of the usual readers of the genre, while the “can the romance be removed and it’s still a story” test is good, I’d argue a better one is “is the focus of the story on the adventure, even if a good chunk of time is devoted to romance?”

    Like, I got engaged the day I graduated college. I knew I was going to get engaged that day. But I still put the bulk of my time and effort into my thesis, recitals, finals, etc. The “spice of life” might have been the romantic side of things, but the “spine” of my day was dedicated to other things. (Which IMHO is the mark of a healthy romance, but I digress.)

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  7. I agree with above. Paranormal romance usually means smut, and the short says not in this story. Maybe have hints of slow burn in the blurb?

    Now, I don’t usually look for urban fantasy either, because it often tips into horror. See the Dresden files, but if I see my favorite author posting it, I’m usually right on that buy button!

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      1. I have just come back by here/the author’s notes and processed that this is after the whole first book, which properly scales the “very” in “very slow burn”!

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  8. Urban fantasy or *possibly* Modern Fantasy– I haven’t run into that tag for a while, though.

    Even Urban Fantasy often goes full on “paranormal romance” for expectations of lots of explicit on-screen sexual activity.

    Adding in “sweet romance” might work?

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  9. Re: previous conversations — There’s a video from a UK physiotherapist about breathing exercises to get rid of lingering gunk, postural helps for clearing out your lungs, and that weird “somebody else pounding your back” percussion thing that is annoying yet effective.

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