The Question (ID Number 597)...
...and the response:I'm an author who has the misfortune of writing books that fall into no particular genre. The books in Ishmael aren't "mainstream," "literary," "fantasy," or "science fiction" (though Ishmael itself has occasionally been found in the SciFi section of bookstores and libraries. After Dachau could well be considered science fiction, but it isn't (nor is it "mainstream," "literary," or "fantasy"). The Holy could well be considered fantasy, but it isn't (nor is it "mainstream," "literary," or "science fiction"). My (mostly unknown) career in short fiction is very different. I've published short stories that are recognized as falling into all those categories. One of my literary stories is running in the current (December 2002) issue of The Spook (thespook.com), though it's a reprint of a story published more than a decade ago. I seldom write short fiction anymore. I'm not familiar with de Lint's work. I notice that he's published by Tor Books, which published my first novel, Dreamer, which my agent at the time described as "holding onto the horror genre by its fingernails."
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