After much trial and error, I finally found the genre that defines what I write. At least, I think I have.
It used to be fairly easy to characterize a work. Just a few main categories from which to choose. Not so now days. The old standard genres have metamorphosed into a tangle of seemingly unlimited bifurcated bifurcations.
In my zeal to find where my first novel fits, I Googled “list of literary genres.” The result was fairly traumatic. Wickipedia presents an exhaustive list of genres, sub-genres, and sub-sub-genres, most of which I never even knew existed.
For example, the genre identified as “Punk” is followed by three sub-genres, which are in turn followed by several sub-sub-genres. But “Splatterpunk,” a category one would assume to be a “Punk” sub-genre, is not listed under “Punk” at all. It is a sub-genre of Horror.
The take-away from that enlightening effort was clear: If I don’t find a genre that seems to fit my writing, I’m allowed to not only make one up, but to add it to the Wickipedia site. I’m not kidding. Wickipedia has requested its users expand its list by adding heretofore undiscovered genres.
In that vein, I’ve decided my second novel should most certainly have a genre of its own. I’ll name the genre “Machete,” sub-genre “Murder by Machete,” sub-sub-genre “Dull Machete,” (this is as opposed to “Sharp Machete” and “Broken Machete.”) That will do until I think of something catchier. Apparently, the sky’s the limit.