Judging by the modern horror I read at the end of last year (The Passage and Zombie Apocalypse!), my answer would be an emphatic “yes”. Others are starting to agree (mobile link) as the rejuvenated Hammer Horror branches out into literary fiction and attracting some noteworthy names to write for them.I’m not really surprised. There has been a paucity of good quality horror in recent years with nobody able to hold a candle to the established titans of the genre. The market has also become saturated with dark romance and emo vampires, getting away from tradition of scaring the reader.
I’m going to watch these proceedings with interest. I’ve downloaded some free horror onto my Kindle including Mary Shelley’s The Last Man and the complete works of Edgar Alan Poe because I realised that my horror reading was lacking.
With a new adaptation of The Woman in Black coming very soon, 2012 could be a good year for horror.