Horror genre 'rises from the grave' as sales boom

Horror genre 'rises from the grave' as sales boom

Horror and ghost stories are rising from the literary grave and seeing a resurgence in sales.

While relatively small, the category in Nielsen BookScan saw its highest sales in four years in 2017, with the genre up almost a third in value this year to date.

Industry figures have attributed the boom to the recent success of supernatural screen horror such as Netlfix's "Stranger Things", a resurgence in interest in the books of Stephen King and Shirley Jackson and a “blurring of genre lines” from historical literary fiction and psychological thrillers. The genre's popularity could also be a ...

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