. . . there is something in this book that also was new and different when I started out. Mixing genres. It took more than two and a half years to sell the first Anita Blake novel, Guilty Pleasures, because nobody knew what to do with it. The mystery houses thought it was horror. The horror houses thought it wasn’t scary enough, and called it fantasy or science fiction. The science fiction houses called it fantasy. The fantasy houses called it horror. Etc. . . . I was literally told that mixed genre fiction does not sell. Period, end of story. Since the last five books I wrote have all been New York Times bestsellers, and all of them have mixed genres, I’m glad I didn’t listen to the doomsayers. I combine mystery, fantasy, horror, romance, and science fiction, usually all in one book. Why pick one genre when you can play in all of them?
Hamilton, Laurell K. (2002-09-24). The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) . Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.