I’ve always prided myself as being a fairly good writer of paranormal based fiction. Ghosts, Cryptozoology, and even Sci-fi are fun to write about and can send the mind into overdrive if good descriptions and thorough character development is used.
Since the beginning of the 1990’s, Paranormal subjects have kicked into overdrive. With the development of Reality shows like “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Adventures” however, one has to wonder about the staying power of such subjects. The search for Ghosts, the study of witchcraft, and new age studies have reached new heights within the past two + decades, eclipsing the length of the interest in these things the last time they were in fashion…ie the 1920’s, and perhaps briefly in the early 70’s with the interest in ESP.
There are, however, always going to be exceptions to every rule. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, and even Charlaine Harris have all had successful careers spanning several decades writing about supernatural things. One would think that this would be indicative of the stability of the subject matter, but I’m not so sure that it is. These writers are exceptionally good at thier craft and thus could make neary anything they chose to write about worth reading. As much as I hate to admit it, I definitely not another Stephen King, or any of those authors for that matter. While I strive to become that good at the craft, I don’t know that I will ever be up to that level of excellence.
This brings me to the overall question here. How long can one bank of fads and is it a good idea to put my supernatural related ideas on hold until this fad comes around for another bout?
I’d be really interested to hear what you folks think about this, and the success of books based on current public interest levels in the subject matter of the work.