When writers approach this combination some seem to give the "detection" part rather limited emphasis. To the point of not really detecting at all, but simply "asking someone who knows." Example: Someone is faced with an odd, possibly supernatural situation and is "afraid" to go to regular law enforcement. So they end up just asking the old defrocked priest, drunken retired detective, crotchety old reporter, etc who explains it all to them in one sitting. To me, that isn't really detection, but that is what passes for detection in horror movies.
Currently have over 100 submissions to our anthology HARDBOILED HORROR at Notorious Press, but would love to see more submissions until the September deadline.
I wouldn't necessarily label my books crime/horror, but one reviewer of KISS HER GOODBYE certainly did. Another reviewer called it a metaphysical journey, and I think that's more accurate, since it involves questions about the near death experience.
I just think of them as thrillers. And with thrillers -- as far as I'm concerned -- anything goes.
I love horror. I love crime, and I blend the two in my own writing, which some have called "paranormal thrillers" and others have labeled as "dark urban fantasy." (I prefer the latter, but that's just me.) Labels aside, I blend vampires, cops, and forensic science into my books because that's just what I love to write.
As for other authors, Jim Butcher's DRESDEN FILES have already been mentioned, but you could check out the early Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. GUILTY PLEASURES through OBSIDIAN BUTTERFLY are the best, IMHO. I also like the BLOOD series by Tanya Huff and the RACHEL MORGAN series by Kim Harrison, although Kim's a little on the lighter side with a good amount of humor added to the mix.
I try never to use anything a patient tells me. However based on how bizarre their lives are I can get a great handle on pacing and plotting and character development that is far more believable than their lives. Bruce Forester Good luck in your writings
same wound. wow. that's up close and personal. like how method actors work with their own private pain. i studied acting several centuries ago and i remember that. i find that i method write. i feel, or try to feel, each character. from the good guys to the serial killers. it makes it come alive for me, now if i can make it come alive for a publisher...that's really what i'd want!