I am still searching for a genre name for The Book Of Lost Doors. I’m currently going with Speculative Noir. I’m not entirely happy with it, but it’ll do until something better comes along.
In any event, I think I can sum up what I think are the defining characteristics.
Speculative Noir: A definition
- Metaphysics: The Universe contains elements which are both Fabulous (in the sense of violating natural law as we understand it) and Mysterious (in the sense of following laws which are not explicitly revealed to either the protagonist or the audience.) The sense of Metaphysical Anarchy is central to the cosmology of Speculative Noir–nothing can be trusted, even things so ubiquitous and quotidian as gravity may fail without warning.
- Epistemology: Existential truth has primacy over theoretical truth. In a world where reality is fluid, one can trust only the sensory data of the moment. Speculative Noir relies upon a hypnagogic…
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