I know about some fiction genres. These are the genres I've seen mentioned online or that have a section in the Borders I go to.
I tried to add an example when I could think of one in two seconds.
- Horror (Ghost Story -- Straub)
- Zombie (World War Z -- Brooks)
- Vampire (Dracula -- Stoker, Salem's Lot -- King, Let the Right One In -- Lindqvist)
- Psychological (Misery -- King)
- Lovecraftian (The Call of Cthulhu -- Lovecraft)
- Suspense (Duel -- King)
- Action/adventure (The Spy Who Loved me -- Flemming)
- Swords and sorcery (LOTR -- Tolkien, First Law series -- Abercrombie)
- Urban fantasy (Storm Front -- Butcher)
- Hard-boiled detective (The Big Sleep -- Chandler)
- Crime (The Big Bounce -- Leonard)
- Western (Riders of the Purple Sage -- Grey)
- Science fiction
- Hard science fiction (The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress -- Heinlein)
- Space opera (Star Wars -- Lucas)
- Cyberpunk (Neuromancer -- Gibson)
- Literary fiction (Cathedral -- Carver)
- Erotica (Delta of Venus -- Nin)
- Steampunk (Boneshaker -- Priest)
- Chick lit
- Young adult (Forever -- Blume)
- Historical fiction (I Claudius -- Graves)
What other genres of fiction exist? (I mean significant ones with a reasonable history and number of exemplary works -- not microscopic ones with three books in them.)
I know there have to be more subgenres of horror. Not sure what they are, though.
For the purpose of this question I'm interested in contemporary fiction. So the morality play is a genre, but not the concern here.