I have two concepts that are currently at the end of a very long pipeline. One is a ghost story and the other is a dark fantasy. The last horror I read was The Shining (I think) and that was years ago. I read a bunch of Shirley Jackson in middle school including The Haunting, but I really want to read more examples like The Haunting rather than The Shining. I do not care if the example is cliched as many movies about ghosts have become so long as it is a good example.
I am also looking for a dark fantasy novel with a setting akin to the Demons/Dark Souls games’ setting. Kind of a fantasy post-apocalypse where there isn’t a whole lot in the way of “humanity” left and the only redeeming factors are the very few characters who still survive with a spark of hope (and not overwhelmed with “evil” intentions). So the adventure is more of survival and necessity than a journey for knowledge, riches, and fame.
Hope some of you have some good recommendations. About to finish The Name of the Wind and want something different for my next book.