Currently, my MS is a genre crossing, style blender that I am not sure how to make more marketable (if that's possible). I wrote in more of a character driven, deeper meaning, literary style, but I was told (on this forum included) that if you bring in a monster of any sorts – in this case a devil – the work will automatically be filed under horror. Is this true? I think of A Christmas Carol or Goethe's Faust and wonder if those are horror stories; after all, some of the main characters are supernatural creatures. And, like those works mentioned, my story is not scary. Maybe I'm misconstruing the definition of the horror genre altogether. I looked at King and Koontz and they were listed under Speculative Fiction. Is this an umbrella term for stories that don't really fit a mold? My problem lies in the fact that if creatures are going to pull the story away from literary style, then the story needs to be more plot driven. In my case it needs to be sped up and a lot of backstory dropped. For this to happen, my word count will drop to around 78K. Is this too short? Should I keep my story how I like it and see if an agent bites first? Am I over thinking? Could it just be a piece of Spec-Fic? Who put the bomp in the bomp, bomp, bomp?