Confusing thread title, I know. Apologies for that; I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate. Anyhow... Just had a thought, which has led to a bit of a dilemma. Hoping to get the thought of some other writers on this. Horror is my thing. I love horror; it’s what I want to write. If I could be known solely as a horror writer, I’d be extremely happy. However, one of my better ideas for a novel-length story, and one that I’d like to begin work on sooner-rather-than-later, would most likely fall into the Sci-Fi/Horror sub-genre. It’s very much a horror, but it’s set in space. In movie terms, think “Alien” as opposed to “Star Trek”. As an author who wants to establish himself in the horror genre, should I leave such a story until I’m a few novels deep? All my other ideas for novels feature the staples of the horror genre; you know, werewolves, vampires, ghosts... Would having a Sci-Fi/Horror story (that may well appeal to both Sci-fi and Horror fans) for a debut novel cause confusion when it came time for the second novel? Would it be better to establish oneself as a straight-up horror guy, to build an audience, before veering off into Sci-Fi territory? Taking Stephen King as an example, being the most well-known horror writer there is, he established himself with a handful of horror novels, before venturing into other genres with the likes of “The Stand” and “The Tommyknockers”. Is this the best route to take?